Madame Rouge

Madame Rouge

5:00pm - 12:00am
100 McLachlan Street Fortitude Valley 4006
(07) 3252 8881

Opened in November 2016, this French bar and bistro is the first solo venture for Mary Randles after two years running front-of-house operations at husband Philip Johnson’s iconic CBD restaurant, E’cco Bistro.

The post-war style creates a “dark, sexy and mysterious” atmosphere, featuring a central bar, booth seating, heavy red-velvet curtains, a moody colour scheme and a wall of vintage-inspired French poster art. Candle-lit tables and 1950s-style jazz and blues give the venue a lively Parisian feel while blocking out the noise of passing traffic outside.

In the kitchen, Matthew Short (formerly Olé Fuego) produces a range of classic French fare. The menu was a collaboration with Johnson and starts with hearty favourites such as a gratinated goats cheese soufflé, and boudin noir (black pudding) served with seared scallops and celeriac puree. Mains include dishes such as steak frites, slow-cooked duck leg served with du puy lentils, and poulet roti – whole chicken accompanied by fricassee mushrooms and jus gras. A handful of desserts such as creme caramel, apple tart and profiteroles round out the menu.

Behind the bar, Alberto Manresso (formerly of Stokehouse) has developed a menu of wines, spirits and cocktails with a strong French influence. There is a range of Australian and French wines available by the glass, and the cocktails skew towards the classic, smooth and spirit-heavy. A dessert drinks menu offers sweeter concoctions and post-meal tipples.



  • licensed
  • takes reservations
  • French