There aren’t many buildings in Australia that can trace their heritage back to 1876, but if you take the trip to Nelson Place in Williamstown, you can find one such establishment. Once the Bank of Australasia, it now houses The Vault on Nelson, and while they are rightly proud of the legacy of their location, they could never be accused of dwelling in the past. This restaurant specialises in Asian fusion and modern Australian cuisine with a menu that is rooted in tradition but always forward thinking in approach. The focus of the food is on local and seasonal ingredients, and the restaurant itself is modelled on the dining halls of Asia for splendid shared-eating. Reserve a spot online today.
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Great venue for a Sunday lunch, everyone in our group of 9 enjoyed the restaurant.
It was lovely to have a roaring open fire and be seated right by it. The decor is elegant with some strange discrepencies, such as two giant teddy bears!!! WHY?? and mural is a bit old hat. The team were very attentive and informed. My French Martini hit the spot. The Lobster pasta seemed to have strange contents such as french beans and cherry tomatoes. It was nice, but I suppose a traditional mornay or simple lime butter pepper would have complimented this most luxurious of ingredients rather than overpower it. The Calamari salad was fresh and light.
Great food and service. We will definitely make a return visit.
The Williamstown peninsula is but a short trip from Melbourne, but the influences that are brought to bear on the food at The Vault on Nelson come from much, much further afield. Here, the menu is packed with contemporary Australian cooking and delightful Asian fusion dishes, and that means an intrinsically multicultural output and a particular emphasis on shared-eating. Take a trip to Nelson Place, right on the corner with Cole Street, and savour what is available at The Vault on Nelson in Williamstown.
The menu here in this part of Melbourne is available all day, whether for a long lunch or a special dinner. You can begin with prawn tacos filled with baby lettuce, lemon curd apple and celery salad; tuna tartare; pressed lamb ribs and a trio of housemade dips. Then, order up several small plates to share, like the beef carpaccio, pea soup with hot smoked trout and quail egg and Spring Bay mussels with white wine tomato broth and warm bread. The mains include a diverse selection that includes typically Australian dishes like warm, olive-crusted lamb and grilled barramundi, as well as butter poached chicken and tempura soft shell crab. With so much on offer, you can be completely sure that every member of your party will be well catered for at The Vault on Nelson. In fact, all you need to do to enjoy some of the best Aussie and Asian food around is book a table now.