Madame Sousou (Fitzroy)

Madame Sousou takes a refreshing approach to traditional French Cuisine. The interior is absolutely gorgeous, with eclectic art, small tables, endless leather banquette and chandeliers reflecting light from the many bottles of French liquors scattered behind the counter.

Having visted the Madame on multiple occasions for coffee, this was my first time eating here and we opted to eat outside due to a small break in Melbourne’s usually dreary weather. Madame Sousous outfdoor setting offers a great spot to watch the the flow of beautiful people (and the self-delusional) on Brunswick St.

I ordered my quintessential skinny flat white, which arrived in the form of a velvety, smooth caffeine hit.  Of course J couldn’t go further than a Chai Latte, however, when it arrived it was in a massively tall glass but didn’t have that je ne sais quoi. That is, it was neither sweet nor milky enough.

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As we were patiently waiting, a waitress plonked down some crusty bread and butter – a simple but welcome little gesture when sitting down to dine. The Madame scores bonus points for recognizing my weakness for a good lathering of butter on some crusty bread.

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Being the breakfast affectionado that I am, I ordered the Sweetcorn and Zucchini Fritters with smoked salmon, avocado salsa, and horseradish creme. The corn fritters contained sweet bursts of fresh corn, and the creamy, thick avocado salsa and horseradish creme was generous and delicious.  The photo doesn’t really do the serving size justice, but believe me, this was a monster of a serving.

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The burger that J ordered arrived looking like perfection. The cushiony brioche bun held between it the rich and buttery chives sauce, lettuce, tomato, juicy patty interspersed with jubes of boiled egg. Served with jalapenos and crispy pomme frittes. this burger was not only visually perfect – it was rich in flavour.

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Madame Sousou is a great destination for a brunch date. The service is impeccable and the generous servings of fresh, French-inspired food is difficult to go past. Madame Sousou lies on the expensive side of breakfasts in Fitzroy but given the quality of the food, the attentive service and the beautiful decor, it is well worth a visit.
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