Posted on | June 8, 2012 | 15 Comments

Disclosure: We dined courtesy of Dognation thanks to Thanh.

Hot diggity dog, there’s a new gourmet hot dog purveyor in town. Dognation opened a couple of weeks ago in The Causeway – the laneway between Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street – and their shop used to be the adjacent restaurant’s storeroom. It’s itty bitty, but somehow they manage to turn out some pretty good hot dogs, with five versions on the menu. The hot dogs are all named and themed after different cities around the world.

Mexico City Chilli Dog ($8.90): Mexican beef, pork and bean sausage, spicy chilli con carne, cheese and jalapenos.

Melbourne Dog
($7.90): Beef and tomato relish sausage, tomato sauce, mustard, onion, cheese, beetroot relish.

Tokyo Dog ($8.90): a pork and beef sausage wrapped in nori with miso-infused mushrooms, wasabi mayo, okonomiyaki sauce and nori flakes.

London “Bangers and Mash” dog ($8.90): a British beef and pork sausage with mashed potato, smashed peas and gravy.

Berlin Dog ($7.90): a German bratwurst sausage, sauerkraut, onion, and hot or mild German mustard.

I love spicy food, so I wasn’t surprised to find that my favourite was the Mexico City chilli dog. I would’ve loved it a fair bit spicier, but I understand that they need to cater to the masses. I also really liked the Tokyo Dog, which contained a very juicy sausage and an interesting mix of flavours from the wasabi mayo and okonomiyaki sauce.

I must also mention the Melbourne dog (Australia represent) – gotta love a bit of beetroot relish.

Dognation offers a choice between white and multigrain rolls. Apparently the multigrain rolls are more popular – but you know what? Do yourself a favour and order the white roll. (You’re eating a hot dog, don’t be fooling.) We tried both the white and multigrain and I think all the hot dogs are better on white as the bread doesn’t compete with the sausage and filling.

In a break from the usual hot dogs and fries tradition, the only side that Dognation offers is potato mash and gravy ($2.90). Holy smokes. They make a fantastic mash and gravy. It’s super smooth and buttery and is a must order.

Drinks available are sourced from the different countries that the hot dogs are themed around, which lends to some interesting drinks such as Bionade, a soft drink from Germany, and Jarritos from Mexico.

Dognation. Eat a hot dog and experience the world. Well, not quite, but at least you’ll leave with a happy tummy.

For more on Dognation, check out Mel: hot or not and Peachwater.

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15 Responses to “Dognation”

  1. Hannah
    June 8th, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Darnit. I thought, from the title, that you’d finally come to your sense and replaced your cats with a dog.

    Ah well.

    I think the Tokyo Dog is most enticing to my soul, but it was -5 in Canberra overnight and still -2 at 8am, and our office heating is broken, so the mashed potato dog and the mashed potato itself sound most appropriate today.
    Hannah recently posted..Golden Syrup Spiced Nuts with Sesame


    Agnes Reply:

    Hahaha. What, don’t you like cats?? :p

    Get out of Canberra. -5 shouldn’t even EXIST in Australia.


    Hannah Reply:

    I do, just dogs are better ;)

    Hannah recently posted..Snack Bars Part Two: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly


  2. leaf (the indolent cook)
    June 8th, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    The dogs look good as does the mash! Hard to go past the chilli, but the Tokyo one is interesting.
    leaf (the indolent cook) recently posted..spring onion & radish salad in soy-lemon-sesame vinaigrette


    Agnes Reply:

    I find it hard to go past chilli too. :)


  3. Peach Water
    June 8th, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    \O/ Thanks for the mention!

    I’m glad you enjoyed the Potato and Mash, because I enjoyed it too :D
    Peach Water recently posted..Rock the Wok


    Agnes Reply:

    You’re welcome! :) The mash is awesome.


  4. msihua
    June 10th, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    Truly looks that I can’t eat any of it as they all have beef :( SNIFF.. at least I can eat the mash!
    msihua recently posted..Dinner by Brett Graham (The Ledbury, UK) at Circa, The Prince @ St Kilda, VIC


    Agnes Reply:

    Yeah you can eat the mash… :p


  5. [email protected]
    June 10th, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    We’ve just started trying out the new places around town with their hotdogs, so this is on the list! I DO like the idea of mash and gravy on the side as opposed to chips, chips and more chips!
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    Agnes Reply:

    Yeah I love chips, but MASH AND GRAVY. Amazing.


  6. Winston
    June 10th, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    Oh yaaaaaaay… Glad to hear you liked the hotdogs too!! I must say that I’m a fan. And yuuuum how good were the mash. Hope other people try it too so they know what we’re talking about ;p
    Winston recently posted..Dognation, CBD


    Agnes Reply:

    I think everyone who eats that mash will have the same reaction as us. ;)


  7. Thanh
    June 23rd, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Loved the Mexico dog most too. And yep, white rolls for the win.
    Thanh recently posted..Melba Restaurant At The Langham Hotel


    Agnes Reply:

    Spicy food ftw.


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