The Vault Kitchen + Market is the newest restaurant in the impressive “Ele and the Chef” line up. I’ve been passing this former bank building on Bull St in anticipation for its opening and hooray it’s here! The building is beautiful and stands out with its rich aqua paint and dramatic pillars out front to remind customers of the original foundation. The inside is industrial chic with its exposed duct system, wooden tables, and utilitarian light fixtures. The bar is lined with original safety deposit boxes and the “vault” itself is parallel to the bar and provides access to a more private dining area. Outdoor seating looks like it’s in the works with a decent sized patio. They already have fans hanging, so be ready to enjoy yourself even with rising Savannah temperatures.
My fiancé and I came in on a Thursday night, our go-to date night. We started off by ordering cocktails, one of my favorite additions to any menu! Upon walking in the door, I couldn’t help but notice copper mugs displayed by the hostess stand so immediately it put me in the mood for a Moscow mule. They had quite a few choices for Moscow mules, and I opted for the peach nectar variation. I have to admit, my guilty pleasure since moving to Georgia is being prone to ordering anything peachy. My fiancé ordered the Saigon Sling, a gin drink which was super fruity but not overly sweet.
One thing I really loved about this place was that we could order to share. It feels special to me to go out on a date and be able to talk about what we are eating and share the experience together. Being that it is an Asian fusion/sushi restaurant we ended up ordering a bunch of
small plates including two sushi rolls, as well as the shumai dumplings and spicy Korean BBQ tacos.
From living close to D.C., I love having a cornucopia of food flavors to choose from. The Vault Kitchen + Market gave me just that. Korean BBQ is a constant craving of mine and until now, I haven’t been able to satisfy that craving. The tacos were exactly what I was excited for, and they were huge! A spicy sriracha sauce was drizzled across carrots, sesame seeds and cilantro on top the shredded beef. The tacos even came with a ginger salad on the side. It wasn’t just your average ginger salad either, no iceberg lettuce here. Mixed greens with peppers and shaved
cucumbers were a pleasant surprise. I loved that our dumplings came out in a traditional bamboo container. It added a fun feel to the table setting. Four pork and shrimp dumplings were inside and served with a delicious scallion and soy dipping sauce. The sushi was perfectly presented with lots of fresh flavors and colorful combinations. ‘The Vault‘ and ‘The Bank‘ were two solid sushi orders. I’m a sucker for salmon nigiri, which seems simple but when done right as this restaurant has, it can be one of the best things on the menu.
I mainly enjoyed my time here not only because was it a great date spot, but I can see myself coming back with co-workers or girlfriends. The Vault doesn’t come off as a birthday/anniversary only restaurant if you know what I mean. It’s fancy enough that you can ball out, but just as easily throw on a casual dress with friends. Who can say no to awesome cocktails and sushi? Definitely go check this one out. Great job as always, Ele and the Chef.