Ramon’s at Willow Pond is the restaurant in the Willow Ponds function centre. It has beautiful Japanese gardens featuring an ornamental lake and lush green lawn.
We visited on a warm summer day and had booked a table outside. The alfresco seating is under shade sails but not all tables are fully shaded. The view of the lush garden surroundings was worth a little sun. The restaurant gets quite busy with large groups so booking in advance is suggested.
If you prefer inside seating you will still have a view of the gardens.
We were seated promptly and advised there was a water table inside to help yourself from. The waitress was attentive and took our orders promptly. There are vegetarian and gluten free options on the menu and a good range of entree, salads and full main meals. Kids eat free lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday- one free kid’s meal per adult main course dish ordered. The kids’ meals are $12 and include a glass of apple, orange or pineapple juice. Choices include fish and chips, Hawaiian pizza, chicken tenderloins and chips, pasta bolognese, pasta and Italian sauce or chicken parmigiana and chips.
My daughter ordered fish and chips and the adults had a chicken burger and squid and chorizo salad.
All the meals were tasty and good portions. The squid and chorizo salad was very generous with the squid. It is a licensed restaurant. Although we didn’t have any there was a good choice of cakes and desserts including a kids ice cream and topping of choice.
After lunch, we bought a container of fish food for $1 and feed the fish and wandered the gardens. Just in front of the outside seating is a large lawn area so the kids can have some space while you are eating or waiting for your food.
You can walk around the lake and discover the little bridges and hidden gardens. They are very pretty, lush and green and the paths are pram friendly. There is also a meditation centre and shop in the grounds that is open to the public.
In the foyer of the restaurant is a display of antique Japanese artefacts, swords and armour.
Although not strictly a kids restaurant the grassed area, fish feeding and gardens to explore were enough to keep my 2.5 year old happy on our visit. There is also change table facilities and high chairs available.
Ramon’s at Willow Pond
459 Nicholson Road
Open Breakfast and Lunch 7 days, Dinner Tuesday to Sunday.
Kids eat free Mon – Thurs Lunch, Tues – Thurs Dinner.
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