Now this is the local you've been looking for. Welcomed by warm smiling faces from the lovely Mary or the man himself, Oussou, you will feel right at home immediately. Situated on busy Sydney Road, just before Albion Street in Brunswick, this cute little bar offers great deals on drinks, cheap and yummy vegetarian pizzas from 5pm, as well as a delicious menu with a touch of the Senegalese vibe.
Opening at 10am for breakfast, choose from the Continental breakfast, pancakes, eggs, French toast, wraps, muesli, or smoothies. There's also a choice from a range of dishes: a large variety of interesting salads and sandwiches for lunch, to Ratatouille, Pesto Pasta, Chicken Brochette, fish or Black Angus steak for dinner. The weekend features a French Senegalese slow cooked cuisine including a selection of Yassa Poulet, Yassa Boeuf and Maffe, or the Sunday Special Roast Banquet (serving 4) including a glass of house wine or beer per person, or Paella. Also for sweets, there's the bake of the day, Thiakry (pron. Shakrie), or Senegalese pudding.
With seating indoor and out, you can perch on a comfy couch inside on cooler nights with heating and enjoy the entertainment in the bar area, or snuggle up next to the open fire in the middle room, or even hang out with your mates in the cosy cushioned cubicle. On a sunny afternoon, place yourself out the front and watch the bustling Sydney Road activity and zany characters doing their thing, or plot up in the beer garden out the back and watch AJ cook up your meal, grooving to some tunes with his trusty beatbox and watch the sun set in the west. It's just the right size—intimate and cosy—yet plenty of room for a boogie once the tunes get started.
Events co-ordinator, Danni Dragonfire, ensures there is a great selection of entertainment on every night, from spoken word and open mic, to live bands and DJs. Tuesdays offer open mic, where you'll see many a local talent display their creative style, Wednesdays are up for solos, duos and trios of local and international artists, Thursdays nights showcase live jazz, and Friday is reggae styley. First Friday of the month is the "Soiree" where the French community get together, and just launched on the last Friday of the month is "Dance, Dance, Dance" where—you guessed it—it's all about getting down. It is also available for hire for functions on a Saturday or Sunday if you want the place all to yourself.
Right in the heart of the Brunswick action, you could start the night here with a few bevvies or end the night with a punchbowl for your crew or a warm drink for the mission home. But it's the vibe that makes Bar Oussou as special as it is, so if you're looking for an authentic local that's unpretentious, not quite a pub or restaurant, but a very comfortable hangout, then Oussou's definitely your place.