It may sound like the place where Rat and Mole got together to cause mischief, but it's not. Based on the Japanese and Zen gardens it may look like a Japanese restaurant, but it's not. Since it is a function centre, you might think it is just a large room decorated with plastic flowers, but it's not. It's Willow Pond. It's many things.
We visited Ramon's for lunch with three small children in tow. This is always a good test of a venue, to see how they cope. Our orders were taken quickly, and the waitress didn't bat an eyelid when I asked for the kids meals to be cooked and then put in the fridge to cool down.
Who knows what the chef thought of my probably sacrilegious request, but to their credit, they did it. Soon after we arrived we were offered some colouring-in for the kids in a bid to distract them while we waited for our meals.
Unlike the foodie heaven of the western suburbs, there are relatively few restaurants located in Perth's eastern districts, and Ramon's – quite literally – is an oasis in the desert. With an enormous lake, grassed areas, established trees, lily pads, Japanese styled bridges, and fountains, the 'Willow Pond' is often used as a backdrop for wedding photos.
There is a large covered outdoor dining area which overlooks the gardens but we elected to sit indoors as it was a typically hot Perth day. A 'museum' of Japanese martial arts artefacts lines the entryway, including swords and suits of armour. A large framed kimono adorns one of the walls.
There is a dedicated kids menu ($12) which includes a bowl of icecream with a choice of toppings. Options include fish and chips (with salad), chicken and chips, pasta and sauce, teriyaki beef and rice and ham, cheese and tomato pizza with salad.
The food was fresh and simple, although my kids weren't fans of the fancy lettuce.
For the grown-ups there is an entrée menu ($5-$15) with options such as chilli salted squid, chicken tikka skewers and Greek lamb cutlets with tzatziki. Salads range from $18 to $23.50 and include Caesar, vegetarian antipasto and pumpkin and avocado. Mains range from pizza at $15 to char-grilled lamb rump ($36), scotch fillet ($37) and fish of the day ($37).
So while there are a number of cheaper options, this is still Perth and there are plenty of pricey options, especially if you are a carnivore.
While we waited for dessert, we took advantage of their offer to buy fish food ($1 per container) and went to feed the Koi. The girls thought it was awesome – so did the ducks – who went into battle against the massive goldfish to claim their share of the fish food. It was quite a frenzy, especially since my three year old insisted on throwing each tiny pellet. One. At. A. Time.
It was a feeding frenzy (not unlike when the kids had their lunch)
Ramon's has regular specials, including kids eating free Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights (one free kids meal per adult meal purchased) a senior's special for lunch and dinner on certain days. They're also in the Entertainment Book.
They cater for large groups, seminars, trade shows and weddings.
They're also open for breakfast on weekends (8.30am-11.00am).
Ramon's also offers English High Tea ($26) Children's High Tea ($15) and Chinese High Tea every day of the week (pre-booking required).