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Among the hustle and bustle of Brunswick St. sits a little slice of France in the form of Madame Sousou. With the restaurant on my to-visit list for quite some time, I decided to take Pamooola here for her belated birthday brunch. In one of those meant-to-be moments where everything falls perfectly into place, the first words out of Pamooola’s mouth as we stepped through the doors of Madame Sousou were, “I’ve been wanting to try this place!” Yep, it was meant to be!
The combination of the stunningly charming interior with the antique-like pieces of furniture and wrought iron chandeliers culminated in an atmosphere that immediately swept me away to a French cafe. The various vintage postcards that covered the walls added to the sensation. With the tables squished quite close together and plenty of buzzing chatter, Madame Sousou was very much the happening place to be on a Sunday morning.
Soy latte and hot chocolate.
Hmmmm, it appears that the cold weather has me ordering a lot more hot chocolates than usual. It was a very smooth and creamy hot chocolate that packed a rich flavour without being overly sweet.
Spanish omelette - with potato, gruyere and chorizo.
How does someone with lactose intolerance consume such a cheese-heavy dish? Presenting Pamooola’s Lacteeze lactase supplements… I suppose the other alternative would be to ask for the exclusion of the cheese, but that would be a real shame; the melted gruyere added a gorgeous salted sour flavour and tasty crusty layer. The chorizo flavour, which permeated the fluffy omelette, complemented the gruyere. Perfection came in the form of the embedded tender pieces of potato. The freshness of the accompanying sour dough bread possessed great crunch that contrasted with the softness of the omelette.
Fungi a la parisienne (with poached egg) - toasted brioche with buttered mushrooms, smashed avocado and goat cheese rondelle.
There was not an individual component in the dish that I didn’t enjoy, and so the combination of them in one dish sent my salivary glands and taste buds into overdrive. The brioche was very buttery and airy soft. Its sweetness paired well with the zesty lemon juice presence in the fresh avocado. The mushrooms were very fleshy, and while its earthy flavour worked well to balance with the avocado and salted goat cheese, I wouldn’t have minded some fresh herbs. Overall, it may have sounded like a simple dish, but the textures and flavours of each element brought together yielded a sensational end product.
Egg factor? Could be oozier.
Wowed by the dining atmosphere and food, one visit to Madame Sousou simply wasn’t enough. A return visit is a must, especially after seeing the other tasty delights available on their lunchtime and dinner menus.
On one last note, if you happen to be seated at the very back corner, take a glimpse out the window… It’s as though we were truly in France!
At least until we stepped outside… Oh well, the fantasy was nice while it lasted.
231 Brunswick St,
Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065
(03) 9417 0400