Dog dog Japon Review, Sydney

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Last night I went to try out a recently opened “cafe style” food stall in Townhall, Dog dog Japon. The name of the restuarant says it all, Japanese style hot dogs.

Dog dog Japon

Dog dog Japon

Dog Dog Japon is located in the heart of the refurbished Skyview Plaza in Townhall. It has recently gained a name for being the local “Japanese cuisine hub”.  The simple stall that stands inside the plaza is decorated with a real retro, 1960s pin up feel. With a mixture of American pin up and cute Japanese cartoon. I particularly, like the bright and colourful picket fence and the rustic packaging. I wasn’t a huge fan of the plastic crochet design table clothes it reminded me of something from a bargain store. Maybe a clean red and white check table cloth would have added more character and charm to the overall decor.

Dog Dog Japon stall

Dog Dog Japon stall

Looking up at the menu I wanted to try everything… After what felt like ten minutes of standing there staring at the menu I asked one of the friendly staff members which hot dogs were most popular. He was nice enough to point out a few and I finally decided on what to eat. We had a brief conversation while he was taking my order and getting my drinks.  I learnt that Dog Dog Japon is owned by the same owners as Oiden (Japanese rice bowl restaurant) and Mappen (Japanese udon bowl restaurant).

Hot dog anyone?

Hot dog anyone?

Obviously, not your usual American hot dog but, these look so delicious when they arrived at the table. Yum! The two hot dogs that I chose was (L-R) Chicken Kara-age and the potato & beef croquette in the full size.

Potato & Beef Croquette Hot dog

Potato & Beef Croquette Hot dog

The potato & beef croquette (probably more French than Japanese) was crunchy on the outside and gooey soft potato and beef on the inside. It laid on a bed of leafy green and coleslaw topped with whole grain mustard, parsley, tartar sauce and tonkatsu sauce… Thinking about it now makes me want to eat another one!

Chicken Kara-age hot dog

Chicken Kara-age hot dog

There is something about deep fried kara-age chicken that makes me order it every time I see it on a menu. This one definitely didn’t disappoint. It was crunchy and the chicken was tender and soft. I found that the kara-age chicken hotdog tasted very similar to potato & beef hotdog. Maybe its because they had the exact same filling- lettuce and coleslaw at the bottom and topped with whole grain mustard, parsley, tartar sauce. Only difference was this one had teriyaki sauce instead of the tonkatsu sauce.

Both hotdogs were very tasty but I wish I had ordered something completely different to try :( definitely, user error lol so for the sake of my blog I decided to order a 3rd hot dog to try….

Okonomi hot dog

Okonomi hot dog

Sooo….. I ordered the Okonomi hot dog. This one was definitely my favourite (highly recommend it!) Just imagine a kransky sausage with coleslaw topped with bonito flakes, dried seaweed, shallots, tempura flakes, Japanese mayo, tonkatsu sauce and pickled ginger.

Dog Dog Japon Menu

Dog Dog Japon Menu

I had to take a pic of the menu since I couldn’t eat anymore- super full! Next time I’m definitely getting the crispy chips with curry mayo. Just sounded so interesting. :)

Dog Dog Japon Menu

Dog Dog Japon Menu

Overall, the concept is very much around “a quick, tasty and affordable” meal. Great for those looking for a light snack or something fast during lunch or before the movies. The meals as mentioned earlier is very cheap. You could actually get a mini hotdog and a drink for less than $5. Which in my books is much tastier than a meal at McDonalds.

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!
Dog dog Japon have a Christmas special (which is the menu I chose from) with every hotdog purchased you can buy a drink for $1 extra.  

Xx K

Dog Dog Japon
Skyview Plaza
Shop 6
545-551 George St
Sydney NSW 2000

 

N.B. I was invited by Sana Motoyama from Dog Dog Japon to visit their new restaurant. Although, the meal was complimentary all opinions written in this post is my own and was not influence in any way by the owners of the restaurant or other reviews.

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