Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fun Times in the Madison Area - Vault

Vault Steak House & Wine Room just opened on the square in Madison Village. I learned about it when I called to make reservations for the Estate on Coffee Creek in Austinburg. It was closed the weekend we wanted to visit because the owners were busy opening Vault. In the space that was Madison's first bank (circa 1870) and later housed His Majesty's Tea Room, Vault attempts to bring serious meat aficionados to town. The steaks are aged a minimum of 28 days; their wood fired oven reaches 1400 F!

After ordering drinks, we were presented with our steak options.

For an appetizer, we shared Banger Island Mussels steamed In Spicy Tomato Garlic Broth. These were larger than the Prince Edward Island Mussels more commonly seen and cooked perfectly. The sauce had a nice zing to it - and as you can see, we enjoyed them. It's hard to tell from the photo, but the bowl was enormous!

While there are a variety of items on the menu, we both ordered the 14 ounce New York Strip Steak. "All Steaks Are Served With: Choice of Soup or Salad, Vegetable Of Season, Rosemary Black Truffle Frites & House Steak Sauce" We had mashed potatoes that night instead of the frites and the seasonal vegetable was asparagus. Heathen that I am, I like my steaks a little more on the well-done side. I ordered mine medium-well and it was perfect - pink throughout but not red, just like I like it. Chris had his medium-rare and his was prepared to his taste as well. My only caveat is to take a pass on the house steak sauce - it felt like gilding the lily - the steak was fine on its own. [The sauce reminded me of A-1, of which I am not a fan.] Other than that, it was a great meal. The salad that came with the meal was very generous - I took most of it home for lunch the next day.

The owners have maintained the original features of the building like the ornate ceiling mural

and the original bank vault that gives the restaurant its name.

They've added outdoor seating on a wrap-around deck - note that you have to walk to the far end of the deck (on Park Street, away from Main) to enter the space. This place is a nice addition to Madison and one we'll be back to visit again. 

Vault Steak House & Wine Room
63 West Main Street
Madison, Ohio

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