One of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver is Fable because Trevor Bird’s menu is amazing – I haven’t yet tasted a dish I didn’t like – and locally sourced. Because it’s farm to table, the menu changes seasonally. If you get the chance to visit Fable, I recommend the chickpea fritters, squash gnocchi and the duck. And their take on s’mores, which I got to try the last time I was home, is heaven.
I was missing home today, so dinner at Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House – a farm to table concept restaurant right here in Windsor – was so incredibly welcome. It reminded me so much of Fable. One of our friends discovered the place and we were able to try it out tonight. To start, I had the roasted sweet potato with pulled pork which was amazing. Pulled pork can sometimes be on the sweet side, so on top of sweet potato and maple syrup, I was worried that it might be too sweet. It wasn’t; it was perfect. We also had the charcuterie board which had two of my favourite things, breseola and aged cheddar, among others, as well as ricotta fritters and house salad with strawberries and feta. Then I had the linguine carbonara (with guanciale instead of the typical pancetta), which was good but still had too much cream – I’m still on the hunt for the perfect carbonara which should really just be fresh pasta tossed in egg yolks and parmesan. Others had ravioli with butternut squash, slow-cooked pork on waffles, a meatball sandwich, linguine with braised rabbit and ricotta & spinach stuffed chicken. And finally, for dessert, sticky toffee pudding. I think it’s safe to say we’ll all be back.
1944 West 4th Avenue
Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House
131 Elliott Street West