Melbourne edition: Madame Sousou

Three days in Melbourne and I have been spoilt for too many food choices. So much so Madame Sousou interiorthat I can’t even decide where to begin.

But with that said I guess I’ll start with the last meal Lily and I had before leaving this wonderful city. Brunswick Street in Fitzroy has become one of my favourite places in Melbourne because it is lined with cafes, restaurants, bars, and specialty shops. Forgetting to make reservations for one of the restaurants we planned on visiting meant that Lily and I walked blindly into Madame Sousou, which turned out to be a very pleasant unplanned part of the trip.

The restaurant wasn’t too busy when we walked in without a booking but thankfully they had a spare table for us because it quickly got busy not long after we were seated.

For entrees – glorious beef!

Steak tartare with potato crisps and traditional Accoutrements for me, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have never actually eaten full on raw meat before this because the thought of that just doesn’t sit well with me. But then I thought why not give it a go? So I did and I have no regrets. What I liked was the beef tasted absolutely fresh; no meat stench and the capers and onions work wonderfully with the meat. Given the texture of the meat I crushed the potato crisps and mixed them all up with the meat and you get a nice crunch with every bite.

Madame Sousou: steak tartare

And Carpaccio de beouf with horseradish aioli and micro watercress for Lily. Eye fillet was sliced super thinly and well seasoned and the flavour of the aioli was just divine.

Madame Sousou: beef carpaccio

For mains – carbs for her, more meat for me!

I had the special of the day, lamb en croute with something that consists of sundried tomatoes, capsicum, olives, and garlic -the waitress used a term to describe this but I can’t remember what it is exactly at the top of my head (could be a la florentine) – because this sounded the most interesting.

Madame Sousou: lamb en croute

The meat was too well done for my liking and the pastry was a tad soggy. But what made the dish worked was the accompaniment of sundried tomatoes, capsicum, olives, and garlic. If you don’t prefer the strong taste of lamb (like me) but would like to  order lamb for a change then I think this dish is good for that purpose.

Lils got the gratin de gnocchi with blue cheese, spinach, and walnuts because she’s biased towards gnocchis. We both loved the creaminess of the dish and those walnuts added that little oomph.

Madame Sousou: gnocchi

Even though we were both as full as one can be, there is always room for dessert.

Mine is the classic creme brûlée with a twist; it had prunes inside. Taste-wise the brulee was lovely. Rich and smooth custard with a slightly bitter/burnt tasting sugar coating which is how I like my creme brulees. Serving-wise this was very generous!

Madame Sousou: creme brûlée

On the other side of the table is a panna cotta with chilled rhubarb mint soup and thyme poached rhubarb. The panna cotta itself was delicious but, as refreshing as the soup was, this is not something I would polish off. Lily seemed to have enjoyed it though despite her aversion to any food containing mint. The best way to put it is that this dessert was interesting.

Madame Sousou: panna cotta

Overall a fantastic meal to end our trip. What made the experience more enjoyable was we dropped by Madame Sousou unplanned and it turned out to be better than we expected. Only thing I want to add is that they need more staff during busy periods.

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