Quality in quality out.
That’s why the hot dogs at newly opened Hogwurst in Cathays are so delicious.
Strangely, it’s a simple formula which so many others fail to follow.
Hogwurst take a top quality snappy, smokey frankfurter from legendary Gloucestershire charcutier Native Breeds (they also supply London’s mega-acclaimed Bubbledogs).
They combine it with a light, fluffy, sweet brioche bun from Roath’s own Allen’s Bakery.
And, unsurprisingly, they’re onto a winner.
I sampled two excellent dogs from their menu.
Firstly, the classic Hog Dog (£4.50) topped with finely diced red onion, a smattering of shredded iceberg, ketchup and mild mustard.
Secondly, the even tastier and also traditional Ze German (£4.50) topped with richness piercing sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup and crispy onions.
There are more exotic hot dogs on the menu – the Hogamama (£6.50) is topped with pulled pork and apple slaw whilst the Slum Dog is topped with curry sauce (£4.50). There are also plain or dirty fries (£1.50 - £4.50) if you’re not in the game for two hot dogs like me. Mrs G’s lab mates have sampled them and can vouch for their quality.
In keeping with Hogwurst’s shabby chic café vibe, they also serve coffees, teas and cakes.
For dessert I ordered a crisp and immensely gooey chocolate and hazelnut brownie (£1.50) topped with chopped pistachios and grated orange zest.
It’s worth noting that Hogwurst stays open until 8pm Monday - Saturday and allow you to bring your own booze – making for a bargainous meal out by all accounts.
Next time in fact I might take a note out of Bubbledog’s book and bring a bottle of champagne to wash my snags down with.
Address - Hogwurst, 56 North Road, Cathays, Cardiff CF10 3DZ
Web - http://hogwurst.co.uk/
Twitter - @franklyzebest