A recent article in Time out magazine listed four of the best places to get a Hot dog in London the article can be found here: http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/londons-best-hot-dogs As I was staying in Walthamstow that weekend I decided to take a stroll over to the Hackney Picture House listed as the third option in the aforementioned article.
The hot dog was a marriage of 4 classic ingredients Sausage, Bun, Sauerkraut and Mustard. As I observed the hot dog it’s composition seemed perfectly balanced, sat upon a bed of sauerkraut with lashings of glossy yellow mustard draped lazily over the sausage I could barely wait to shovel it into my face.
Unfortunately this is where my decent into a mustardy quagmire began, Although the hot dog appeared as a vision of pork perfection its form did not translate well when it came to the practicalities of eating. I think the crux of this issue lie in the fact that the Hot dog sat upon the bun rather than in it, this made it quite difficult to really get a firm grasp of the sausage. I found that after about halfway through I had mustard smeared all over my face I was quite simply a mess! I accept a degree of mess is part and parcel of the dining experience with hot dogs but in this case it was excessive.
In conclusion the Hackney Picture House has the makings of a great hot dot and they’re purist attitude is to be saluted. It is with a heavy heart that I award them a sausage rating of 3/5 but the impracticalities of its composition tainted my enjoyment, A slight revision to the hot dogs layout and perhaps some simple variations would rectify the score.