The Ludlow Formation
Address: Building 3, 6 Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9699 1276
Foodie Partners: Tomi
Feeling slightly guilty for declining my bro’s dinner offer a couple weeks ago for various reasons, I made up for it by agreeing to have lunch with my bro. Ok ok, I also agreed, because of my bro’s ability to make me laugh with his lamest jokes (hey bro, I know you read this, but hey, you’re still cool ;)), but hey, even though his jokes are lame sometimes, laughing is good for the soul right?
So, we drove into the city blindly without having any clue what we wanted to eat for lunch.
Apparently I was meant to do the research and come up with a place to eat, as my bro picked me up from my place, but unfortunately I didn’t. So, I randomly picked a place: Southbank. And so we did. We walked past so many restaurants and in the end we decided that we would settle down for ‘The Ludlow Foundation’…. Err…The Ludlow Formation, as pointed out by my bro. Look, I’m short sighted ok. I have to squint to see things these days!
When we arrived there’s was almost no one there. But that was ok, the waitor was very attentive and would check on us asking how meal was, which I believe some other fine dining restaurants lack these days.
If you’ve been following www.peach-water.com, you could possibly state that it is a well known fact that if I was to order an alcoholic drink; it would almost always either be: Cider of some kind or a moscato. So… one would assume that this visit I would choose a cider or a moscato right? Well you’re correct. I did. I chose a Pipsqueak apple cider from Little Creatures, whereas my bro chose a Dirty Granny apple cider from Matilda Bay. The difference? Well, Pipsqueak apple cider is the lighter cider, whereas the Dirty Granny apple cider was heavier but full of apple flavour. You can see from the photos below that Dirty Granny apple cider is has a darker yellow colour than Pipsqueak.
For starters we ordered half a dozen of Coffin bay oysters, with hot chorizo, cava & shallots. I don’t quite often eat oysters, and if I do they are generally eaten freshly shucked. So, eating the oysters with hot chorizo, cava & shallots was a great change!
Next up were our mains. Both of us ended up choosing a fish dish, and I have to admit both the fishes were cooked perfectly. Very moist, and with the correct amount of seasoning. However we both admit that my dish: the Grilled red snapper, smoked cod brandade, courgette fritte was the winner for our lunch.
My grilled red snapper was grilled to perfection. The skin was crisp, and the rest of the fish was very moist. This fish was served on top of smoked cod brandade which is a french dish made with salt cod, olive oil, and potato, and topped with courgette fritte.
My bro’s dish was the Pan roasted wild barramundi, heirloom carrots, braised cos, mussel vinaigrette. The wild barramundi is comparable to my red snapper, as it was very moist. However in my brain I had difficulty trying to process the presentation of the dish. I honestly have no clue what the large amount of liquid is, however I am guessing it’s the mussel vinaigrette, but still I think they may have over used it, or could have presented it better on a shallow bowl in my opinion.
We finished off our meal with a plate of Coconut parfait, coconut icecream, rhubarb lollie, grenadine caramel. It was a beautifully presented dish and we polished the whole dish with no problems. The only complaint was the coconut parfait and coconut icecream lacked the flavour – coconut. Both my bro and I believed that the lemon overpowered it unfortunately. Other than that, we were left the place very happy. Good service and good food.