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Food Notes: Vancouver's Fable Diner now open in Mount Pleasant

Only two weeks old and already packed hints that Vancouverites tend to follow great chefs, writes Erin Ireland.

A sampling of the casual dishes offered at Fable Diner on the corner of Main and Broadway in Mount Pleasant.

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A sampling of the casual dishes offered at Fable Diner on the corner of Main and Broadway in Mount Pleasant.

After 18 long months of planning and construction, Fable Kitchen’s new sister restaurant, Fable Diner, is now open in Mount Pleasant at the corner of Main and Broadway.

Only two weeks old, the place is already packed, proving one of two things: Vancouverites follow great chefs, or the Fable team has scored yet another prime location (their first project sits on a bustling block of 4th Ave). I’m betting on the former. With his confident attitude and flavour-forward cooking, Chef Trevor Bird has made a name for himself in our city’s extra-competitive restaurant industry.

At Fable Diner, Trevor’s style of cooking is the only thing you might recognize from Fable Kitchen. He says the same care and techniques are utilized, the food’s just more casual. Ingredient sources haven’t changed either, despite the diner’s slightly lower price point. Everything else (design, experience, ambiance) is a new.

The interior of Fable Diner in Mount Pleasant.

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The interior of Fable Diner in Mount Pleasant.

Food-wise, I came across zero dud dishes. There were, however, favourites: corn on the cobb ($6), Asian green beans with crispy shallots ($8) and chick pea fritters ($6), all crafted with an Asian twist.

Inspired by a video of Koreans eating corn off a drill, Trevor loads his modern diner version with extra-creamy Japanese Kewpie mayo, chili lime butter, crunchy corn nuts and a pile of fresh cilantro. Once I’d eaten the top half, my gluttonous self wished for more toppings to apply to the corn’s underbelly.

Though listed under ‘sides’, the Asian green beans with crispy shallots were, hands down, the favourite, coated in a garlic and gingery, housemade hoisin sauce. The chickpea fritters were also pretty explosive thanks to nearly excessive dollops of curry mayo and house-pickled onions.

If Fable Diner is doing this well in their infancy phase, I can’t imagine how bang-on their food and service will be a year from now. By then, Trevor is looking forward to offering specials, new and improve cocktails and homemade sodas. And come August, expect Fable Diner to open for brunch.

For now, Fable Diner is open 4-10 p.m. every day.

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