It’s no secret; after midnight, Ludger has the best drinks on the western strip of Notre-Dame. Less well known though are its brunches, which never fail to appear the morning after. For a place that closes at 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, their consistent return to business on the dot at 10:30am is quite a tour de force. With the music toned down and staff that won’t judge any state of cognitive malfunction due to prior entertainment excesses, the place transforms itself from party to care-free.
The menu changes occasionally but always remains rich and comforting. I had the house Chilaquiles – a savory spin on the notorious Mexican dish with cheese curds, shredded pork and sunny side up eggs. As for my companions: S, although a big risotto snob, devoured his mushroom variant in less than 10 minutes, while JR seemed devoted to his grilled bacon.
Thankfully for us, Ludger stays true to itself even in the daylight; drinks remain on the menu and as a reward for the early risers, are offered at a mere $6. Their Sunny Mary is a must. Hands down the best Caesar I’ve tried in the city (take that, L’Gros Luxe) – with the house special spice mix on the rim and – not written on the menu – a good dose of honey to balance the hotness.
|4001 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1R3 (438) 383-3229|