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Inspired by the fantasy world of fairytales, the fabulous legends of Aesop and influences from around the globe, The Fable is a restaurant out of the ordinary, where every detail tells a story. A veritable jewel box brimming with unexpected surprises, The Fable offers Londoners seasonal food paired with sensational cocktails. Located in Smithfield, I stopped by the restaurant yesterday lunchtime with fellow lifestyle expert, Inna from Start Up Your Happiness, to sample a slice of the magic.
The interior of the restaurant is a lot of fun, from a writing desk complete with vintage typewriter to the wine shop & florist, ‘Bottles & Blooms’ & the library lined with leather bound story books sourced from vintage markets across the country, The Fable is an urban wonderland designed to entrance & enthral.
The menu is equally exciting and is jam-packed with options to suit every taste, from imaginative flatbreads & antipasto boards for sharing, to gourmet sandwiches & burgers, classic mains, seasonal salads, fresh seafood & perfectly cooked steaks. If you have space, The Fable also offers some wickedly indulgent puddings & liquid dessert cocktails to ensure you finish your meal on the right note. The Fable works closely with excellent local suppliers to provide fresh, seasonal, delicious & beautifully presented meals. All of the meat comes from the highly regarded and London’s oldest butchers, Allens of Mayfair, and the freshly baked bread & pastries come from the award-winning artisan bakery, The Flour Station in Borough Market.
For our starters, we shared the Great British Bloody Mary Mussels (£9.95) and the Roasted Portobello Mushroom with Taleggio Cheese on Bruschetta (£6.25). We also ordered a Green Juice each (£4.50), a freshly made seasonal fruit and vegetable juice. The Portobello mushroom was tasty & juicy, and I particularly liked the combination of the pesto sauce and Taleggio cheese with the mushroom. The mussels were fantastic! They were mouth-watering and I loved that the chef didn’t hold back on the chillies – this is a dream dish for fans of spicy food, I’d come back to The Fable for some more of these alone!
For our mains, Inna ordered Lobster with Lemon Butter and Roman Fries with Parmesan, Truffle & Rosemary (£24.95) and I ordered a decadent Surf n Turf, an 8oz Fillet & Bernaise Sauce with Half a Lobster and Skinny Sweet Potato Fries (£37.90). Both dishes were beautifully presented on big wooden chopping boards. My Surf n Turf dish also came with a roasted flat mushroom, a tomato and crispy onion rings. The steak was cooked exactly as I ordered, it was meaty on the outside and tender in the centre, and the lobster was really delightful. I also drank a Red Juice (£4.50), which is a red version of the Green Juice, and Inna had a Homemade Lemonade (£4.50), both of which were really refreshing.
By the time we got to the dessert course, we were both very full, but decided to share a Winterberry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream (£5.95) nonetheless! It was exactly as expected and a lovely way to end the meal. We also ordered a pot of Fitness Tea each (£1.95), which was a healthy herbal mix of Rooibos, Rosehip, Coriander, Ginger, Fennel, Tilia (lime), Lemongrass and Lemon Verbena – perfect for digesting our big lunch!
In total we spent almost three hours at the restaurant, we literally got distracted by all of the amazing food and lost track of time! The Fable is perfect for lazy weekend lunches, catching up with friends after work and even midweek lunches, although I’d recommend the longer dining experiences, as you’ll want to try a bit of everything. I shall definitely be back for more mussels and lobster, as well as a few of the other dishes that caught my eye like the Superfood Salad with Lobster (£14.40), Crab & Crayfish Linguine with a hint of chilli (£9.95) and the Wagyu Beef Burger (£15.95).