Ludger is close to some of the well-known historical buildings in Montreal. The Atwater market, the St-Henri fire station, the St-Zotique church and many others were built in the early 1900s by Quebecer architect, Ludger Lemieux. It's an appropriate name for a restaurant to honour Saint-Henri's rich heritage.
Ludger's food is simple yet modern, and their menu changes seasonally. It is famous for their tasty cocktails available in the evening as well for brunch. It has a beautiful 30-seat terrace on the side of the restaurant. Perfect for enjoying a meal on a nice sunny day.
|Lobster Egg Benedict with Caviar, and Fried Potatoes|
Being an avid food photographer, I always sit at the brightest spot in the restaurant, It just happened that we were sitting next to the window where food was served to the customers sitting on the terrace. I managed to take some decent shots of the items on their brunch menu. From the look of the lobster egg benedict, it is something worth ordering on our next visit. It comes with generous chunks of lobster and lobster claw, topped with two types of caviar.
|Pancakes with Fruits and Whipped Cream|
I had the ricotta gnocchi with peas, mushrooms (shimeji, shiitake & oyster), veal jus topped with a panko crust. This dish does not look like a typical brunch dish, but it was tasty. The gnocchi was light and soft, not at all gummy. The veal jus was rich, peppery and flavourful. The mushrooms were well seasoned so that the nuances between each one of them are noticeable. The panko crust gives a nice textural element. Despite being addictively delicious, it needed a touch more acidity, and a side of salad or bread to alleviate the richness of the dish.
|Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Peas, Veal Jus and Panko|
My friend had the pork rillette. It is served with a perfectly poached gooey egg, crisp fried potatoes, a refreshing endive-apple salad and fresh fruits. The rillette is comprised of chunky pieces of pork infused with spices and aromatics. It was full of flavours, one of the best I have tasted so far.
We didn't save room for desserts, but we did save rooms for pies as we want to go to Rustique Pie Kitchen after our brunch, about 5 minutes of walk.
|Pork Rillette with Poached Eggs, Endive-Apple Salad|
Overall, we were satisfied of our dining experience. When food is cooked simple, we expect perfection. They did a good job of having the flavours spot on. Ludger is now part of my top brunch spots in Montreal.
4001 Notre-Dame O.
Sat: 10:30am-3pm, 5pm-3am