Madame Sousou, Fitzroy

by lex on February 12, 2014

Madame Sousou

Madame Sousou

Madame Sousou is a French bistro located on Brunswick Street in the north-east suburb of Fitzroy. Recommended to me by a girlfriend at work it was the first port of call on our four day eating extravaganza in Melbourne.

Having flown in to Melbourne extremely early we dropped our bags at The Lindrum (a boutique hotel on the south-east corner of the CBD which I highly recommend to anyone looking for accommodation in Melbourne) and walked the 2km up to Madame Sousou. Food is normally the first thing on my mind when I wake up but as I’d wanted to eat breakfast in Melbourne I’d restrained myself and only drunk a coffee before departing Sydney. As you can imagine I was ravenous by the time we reached the bistro.

Piccolo ($3.00).

The coffee we’d had at Sydney Airport just wasn’t going to cut it to get me through the day. A 3:30am wake-up call will do that to you (that “let’s maximise our time in Melbourne” thought was coming back to haunt me). Another coffee was definitely in order. The piccolo I had wasn’t too bad, not a stand-out but not too shabby – I find the base level for coffee in Melbourne much higher than Sydney and generally find a decent coffee most places we go (whereas in Sydney it’s either awesome or completely rubbish).

Piccolo

Piccolo

Funghi à la Parisienne – toasted brioche with buttered mushrooms, smashed avocado & goats cheese – with poached egg ($17.00).

Deciding on what to eat was extremely easy for once. Within seconds I’d whittled the menu down to the Croque Madame Sousou and the Funghi à la Parisienne. But it was the smashed avocado that sealed the deal and my decision was made in record time.

A colourful stack of brioche, avocado and mushrooms with a few blobs of goats cheese and a poached egg perched on top. The chunky slice of brioche was buttery and light, a nice carrier for the earthy mushrooms which were gloriously buttery and juicy. Creamy avocado smash delivered in spades and while the poached egg was cooked on the medium end of the poaching scale it still had some oozy yolk to spread everywhere. It was the tart goats cheese that cut through the mound of avo and richness of the egg yolk that really made this dish for me. Hearty and satisfying, I was quite pleased with my breakfast choice.

Funghi à la Parisienne - toasted brioche with buttered mushrooms, smashed avocado & goats cheese - with poached egg

Funghi à la Parisienne - toasted brioche with buttered mushrooms, smashed avocado & goats cheese - with poached egg

Croissant with petite salade & smoked salmon, horseradish creme & cornichons ($10.00).

My polar opposite when it comes to breakfast, Dylan is content so long as he has a coffee in hand. Not overly hungry he took a little longer to decide what to have but settled on the croissant as it didn’t sound overly big… and came with cornichons.

As expected the croissant itself had a golden crisp outer and layer upon layer of buttery pastry. The filling of thickly sliced smoked salmon went really well with the cornichons and horseradish creme (and I think you could quite easily replace the smoked salmon with ham and have another awesome combination with the pungent horseradish and tangy cornichons). Though it didn’t look much on the plate the ‘petite salad’ brought a lightness and nice bitterness to an otherwise big flavoured dish.

Croissant with petite salade & smoked salmon, horseradish creme & cornichons

Croissant with petite salade & smoked salmon, horseradish creme & cornichons

Bellies full we were glad we’d made the early start to get down to Melbourne for breakfast. Nonetheless we weren’t going to run ourselves into the ground and made the wise move to head back to the hotel for a few hours extra sleep before lunch.

Madame Sousou

Madame Sousou

Madame Sousou
231 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9417 0400
Madame Sousou Website

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Padaek April 16, 2014 at 2:57 am

Looks like a charming bistro! The croissant looks amazing! Is the petite salade the lettuce? :/

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Dylan April 16, 2014 at 9:55 am

Haha, yes it is, just two pieces of cos lettuce with a super light vinaigrette. Worked really well 🙂

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