The Vault, Kalamunda

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For over 30 years I’ve been visiting The Vault. First, in it’s previous incarnation as the local Commonwealth Bank. From starting my dollarmite account when I was little, to the shiny and new restaurant it is today, it has always felt like a hub of the community sitting proudly on the leafy Haynes Street. The recently opened Italian-style eatery has been transformed from a drab bank to a airy modern restaurant with its patio overlooking Haynes Street.

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The Vault is open seven days for breakfast, brunch, coffee and cake, lunch and dinner. Little Chef and I stopped by with my parents for lunch. It’s clear to see that the spot is still a hive a activity in Kalamunda.

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And where is the actual bank vault? The old vault, complete with secure door, is now home to the restaurant’s wine cellar.

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There is a mainly WA vibe to the wine list, including a very fine Saracen Shiraz. My Dad enjoyed local beer from The Bickley Valley Brewing Co. too.

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The Italian lunch menu has mainly pastas, salads and pizzas to choose from. There’s a huge pizza oven in their kitchen and take away gourmet pizzas are also available. My Dad chose the classic lasagne, very reasonably priced at just $22, with a cheeky bowl of chips on the side ($6.50). I pinched a few of the hand cut chips, which were deliciously crunchy!

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I absolutely loved the risotto Milanese ($28). The chilly Perth hills weather begged for a soul warming dish like this. There were generous chunks of osso bucco beef throughout and the risotto, which has nice bite, was nicely flavoured with saffron and parmesan reggiano cheese. Sitting proudly in the middle was a beef bone, with a tasty morsel of marrow inside. Nice touch.

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Kids are very well catered for at The Vault with lots of choice – like pasta and meatballs, fish n chips, popcorn chicken and pizza. Little Chef chose one of his favourites, which is not often seen on kids menus – Lasagne.

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The food at The Vault is hearty and full of flavour. It’s an excellent spot for groups and I’ll look forward to going back again to try some more dishes.

More on The Vault here.

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