Top Dawgs: Gourmet Hotdogs in Mohandiseen
3 Mecca St.
While the Zamalek branch offers eaters the choice of grilled or steamed hotdogs, this branch only offers the latter – a disappointment, yes, but a decent steamed hotdog is still a decent hotdog.
Keen to investigate the shop’s sauerkraut, the Bratwurst (28LE, or 38LE combo with fries and a drink) was first to be served up. The veal sausage alone was outstanding, but the small amount of sauerkraut was lacking in flavour and crunch despite being at its stringy best. The additional brown mustard drowned out the flavours of both the sausage and the traditional topping.
Beef hotdogs make up the rest of the menu – bar the Merguez lamb option (28LE/38LE) – and the Jalapeño Cheese Dawg (22LE/32LE) is one of the busier choices. Again, the sausage itself is cooked to a soft-rubber, fast food precision and the shredded cheddar cheese and potent jalapeño slices make for a heady combination, further enhanced by sliced onions and ketchup.
Though the staff were pleasant, the 30 minute wait for what is essentially a process of steaming semi-cooked meat and adding already prepped ingredients was a little much. It takes the pleasure out of that essential fast food expediency; a drawback that might be ignored if the food were, as they claim, gourmet.