by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
May 29, 2005
I was expecting hearty peasant-type food, such as thick stews and heavy roasts, but boy, was I wrong. The menu has a definite French flair – duck liver terrine, beef carpaccio, coquille St. Jacques, tiger prawns with brandy herb sauce, venison with cranberry mushroom sauce, salmon fillet with spinach and Gorgonzola sauce, lamb chops in a herbed crust, fillet of beef in a red wine sauce – nothing basic or peasant about this menu at all!
My biggest predicament was what to order. With the waiter’s help, I decided on pasta and was very pleased with my choice. I started with a side salad of mixed greens, grated goat cheese, and pine nuts with a vinaigrette dressing. My main course was a large bowl of tri colour fusili, chopped prosciutto and sun dried tomatoes mixed with an herb dressing. As delicious as it was, the portion was so large that it was enough to feed two. Not only was I unable to finish it, but I had to bypass dessert, and that was a definite hardship with offerings like chocolate tart or pear with mascarpone and chocolate sauce.
The service was excellent – efficient without being officious - and my waiter was a very jovial character. With taxes and tip, the meal came to €14, which was a good deal for the quality of food and service.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Reservations aren’t needed for lunch but highly recommended for dinner. Ludwig isn’t the type of place to dine and dash. Instead, come here to relax and enjoy excellent food in a pleasant atmosphere.
From journal No Longer a Hidden Treasure