Madame Sousou

Madame Sousou

231 Brunswick St Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Madame Sousou is the Fitzroy equivalent of a classic French bistro, and plays the part very well – dimly lit and decorated in an eclectic antique style, the cozy atmosphere was well-suited for a nice Friday night dinner.

Soupe à l'oignon gratinée with gruyere ($15)
Soupe à l’oignon gratinée with gruyere ($15)

To be perfectly honest, I’d never had French onion soup before this meal, but I thought it was quite an enjoyable dish. It smelt divine, the onions were sweet and had obviously been cooked down very well, and the flavours were strong. I particularly liked the gruyere crouton, which was crispy and delicious – there’s no going wrong with melted cheese.

Steak Frites ($36) - 300g Porterhouse steak with café de Paris butter and pommes frites • Steak (from Entrecote menu) with truffle mustard and pommes frites
Steak Frites ($36) – 300g Porterhouse steak with café de Paris butter and pommes frites • Steak (from Entrecote menu) with truffle mustard and pommes frites

For mains, I ordered the steak frites while K opted for another steak from the entrecote menu with truffle mustard (I was silly and forgot to write the exact steak down!). Both were ordered as medium rare and came with a side of pommes frites. Unfortunately, I was disappointed that the steaks were served just a tad overcooked – probably closer to medium than medium-rare, although they were still very tender.  The frites were also underwhelming – nothing more than your average French fries. However both the café de Paris butter and the truffle mustard were excellent accompaniments and redeemed the dishes.

Overall, my experience was pleasant, largely due to the lovely wait staff. The prices were probably a little steep for me for the quality of the food, although I have heard that Madame Sousou does an excellent (and more affordable) breakfast. Perhaps next time…?

xx Judy

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