Dine inside a bank vault
Take an old bank, turn it into a restaurant, keep the bank’s vault, even keep the name – hence the Vault Restaurant in Cloverdale was born.

We were meeting a group of friends to see a play about golf at Surrey’s Little Theatre and one friend suggested the Vault for dinner before the show. Since we usually pack a lunch (ha ha) to drive all the way to Surrey or in this case Cloverdale we thought that this was a great idea.

The Vault is open at 11:00 am on weekdays and at 4:30 pm on weekends. They advertise ‘fabulous foods, wicked wines and mouth-watering martinis’. We didn’t try a martini but the food and service were very good. The wine list was not long but there were a few interesting choices (We enjoyed the Tamari Pinto Grigio, Argentina). The ‘by the glass’ prices were standard, but the prices by the bottle were a bargain. The menu includes a large selection of appetizers plus pasta, seafood and meat main dishes.

The ‘Shredded Duck’ ($9.99) was wontons layered with duck mixed with pea shoots, mushrooms, arugula and a spicy sesame ginger vinaigrette. The flavor was great and the wontons were perfect for scooping up the filling.

The ‘Tomato Bocconcini’ ($9.99) was not typical. The standard bocconcini, roma tomatos and balsamic was tossed with a decent amount of pesto. The flavor was good but I still prefer an original without the pesto, it sort of took away from the dish.

 The ‘Pesto Pan Bread’ ($11.99) was a flat bread topped with pesto and then baked with goat cheese, roasted garlic and spinach with a drizzle of balsamic. There seems to be a pesto theme here.

A full set of food photos (from all 8 of our meals) can be found on Flickr.

The Steelhead Salmon ($22.99) was served with a pineapple mango salsa on top of a bed of white rice. The salmon was great but the rice a bit bland even with the salsa.

 The Vault is a cool place to sit with a group of 6 or 8. A rectangular booth is built right into the vault filling the entire space. We were 8 and any more would be too crowded. The door is kept open the whole time (in case anyone is worried) and there is a spinner in the middle to help the server get drinks to everyone.

There is a hole cut into the wall, probably for air circulation and we were very comfortable. The service was good despite the restaurant being busy. It was a fun space for a group. We are rarely in the area but we would go to Vault again if we were.

 

Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 6 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.