Ever on the lookout for places with amazing atmosphere, great food and scenic views.
Published November 5th 2011
Perched high on the corner of Epping and Herring Roads, The Ranch Hotel is a relaxed, family friendly establishment offering casual dining, several bars and function room facilities.
From the car park entrance, a short narrow corridor leads visitors to the bistro area, both modern and impressive in size. Tables and booths stretch from the bar on your left to the open kitchen and service counters at the opposite end of the dining area.
Clever partitioning divides up small sections of the bistro. Diners for example can sit partially screened from the service area without losing the feel of the open space.
The chance to see straight into the kitchen as steaks are cooked and meals are plated is handy for two reasons. Firstly, the standard to which food preparation areas are maintained is clearly visible. Secondly, staring at the hive of activity helps pass the time as you stand in line to order. Waiting times will vary depending on the meal and how busy the kitchen is at the time.
Spanning the wall above the service counter is the bistro's menu, offering a selection of starters and light meals, char grilled steaks and burgers. There is also a fun kids menu with meals and side combinations for less than $10.
If you're after something substantial but not in the mood for a steak or burger, then a Chicken caesar wrap for $15 is a good option. Usually served with a side of hot chips, upon request the chips can be swapped for cooked veggies at no extra charge.
With the weather warming up and a delayed sunset, it's also nice to take your drinks or meal outside and enjoy the evening air on the terrace. This is a relaxing spot and the sound of distant traffic is barely noticeable.
For lunch or dinner anytime during the week, the Ranch Hotel is a great place to call in, perfect for social gatherings of all descriptions.