Much though I love my home town, Cambridge, it has never seemed to have as many good restaurants as it should do. Or perhaps during my formative years, I just never had the money to eat at them. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised recently to have a lovely dinner at The Vaults.
We had the dinner menu which suggests that you have 2-3 dishes each and share. I had the twice cooked eggs and half of the goats cheese toast and the mushrooms with stilton. The mushrooms with stilton were delicious - I spent half my time thinking "mmmmm" and half thinking "I must figure out how to replicate this at home" (I have an idea of how to - will post when I try out my idea). The goats cheese was pretty tasty, though came in rather small portions. The twice cooked eggs were a good idea but rather underseasoned - I'm not sure they were salted at all and, in my view, eggs really need at least a little salt - so a bit disappointing. Though, really, I enjoyed the mushrooms so much that I wasn't that disappointed.
In general, the only real quibble I had with the food was that the portion sizes seemed a little arbitrary - the meat dishes that my husband ordered came in much larger portions than the vegetarian dishes. Fortunately for marital harmony, the mushrooms came in a reasonable portion size so we weren't reduced to the indignity of squabbling over the last bit of stiltony sauce.
I rather wanted some gelato to finish (as previously mentioned, I love gelato) but, sadly, they'd run out of every single flavour. I attempted instead to order some pomegranate dessert wine but they'd also run out of that. So, poor me, I ended up with a rather lovely espresso martini to round off the meal.
Despite having had five dishes and bread to share, a glass of wine each, a pudding for my husband and an espresso martini for me, the bill came to around £60 which I thought was damn good value.
Overall: definitely the nicest meal out I've had in Cambridge. I will return.