Dognation Melbourne Tokyo Dog

Photo Sundays: Dognation, Melbourne

by April@MyFoodTrail on July 1, 2012

in Dining Out, Melbourne, Melbourne, Photo Sundays, Quick Lunch, Takeaway

Shop 2, The Causeway, Melbourne VIC
PH: 0423 083 287

Move over tacos, gourmet hotdogs are taking over as the latest and greatest hand held food trend! The humble sausage has been transformed from a barbecue staple to a meal in itself, thanks to an array of delicious toppings. One of the newest places to open in Melbourne is the cleverly named Dognation.

Dognation brings you gourmet hotdogs from around the world – Tokyo, London, Berlin, Melbourne and Mexico City – each with a different sausage and toppings. You can also choose between white and multigrain bread, but the consensus seems to be to stick with the white bread as the multigrain detracts from the filling. While there are currently five hotdogs on the menu, owner Seong-Lee has plans to add more in the near future. Seong-Lee also hopes to add gluten free to the choice of bread.

There are no chips to have with your hotdog at Dognation, but do yourself a favour and grab a side of the delectable potato mash and gravy. Growing up I used to love KFC’s potato and gravy, but Dognation’s version is a million times better and they use real potatos!

Dognation also offers ‘drinks of all nations’, a selection of 5 (non-alcoholic) drinks from each of the different countries. There isn’t any of the familiar Coke or Pepsi, but instead there is Bionade from Germany, Tango from England or my favourite Jarritos from Mexico.

Besides the yummy hotdogs, a talking point of Dognation has been the size of the shop. Literally a hole in the wall, Dognation in Causeway Lane only occupies 3 square metres! They only have one small table with 3 chairs (one for each square metre perhaps? hehe), so you have to take away. Hot off the press though, Dognation will be opening two new branches in the next couple of weeks – one near the corner of Russell and Little Collins Street, and another at Freshwater Place.

Hubby and I were invited by Dognation to try the hotdogs. As much I would have liked to try all the flavours, we could only fit in 3 between us and a side of mash to share. The hotdogs are very filling! We’ll be back to try the flavours we missed out on. The must try hotdog is definitely the Tokyo dog, but beware of the wasabi kick!

Dog Nation - Causeway Lane, Melbourne

Dognation is located in Causeway Lane, off Bourke Street Mall, joining Bourke St and Little Collins St

Dog Nation - Inside

Inside the small shop front

Dog Nation - Serving boxes

Dognation’s serving boxes

Dog Nation - Tokyo Dog

My favourite Tokyo Dog – pork & beef sausage wrapped in nori seaweed, miso-infused mushrooms, wasabi Japanese mayo, okonomiyaki sauce, nori flakes $8.90

Dog Nation - Mexico City Chilli Dog

My second favourite Mexico City Chilli Dog – Mexican beef, pork & bean sausage, spicy chilli con carne, cheese, jalapenos $8.90

Dog Nation - Inside Mexico City Chilli Dog

Cross section of the Mexico City Chilli Dog. There are actual whole beans inside the sausage.

Dog Nation - Melbourne Dog

The last sausage we managed to fit in, the Melbourne Dog – Aussie beef & tomato relish sausage, tomato sauce, mustard, onion, cheese, beetroot relish $7.90

Dog Nation - Mash potato & gravy

The delicious mash potato & gravy $2.90

Dog Nation - Jarritos Mandarin & Bionade Elderberry

I really liked the refreshing Jarritos from Mexico in the mandarin flavour. The elderberry Bionade was interesting. It wasn’t too sweet for a soft drink.

Dog Nation - Tango drink

The Tango drink from England was a nice fizzy apple cider

Over & Out, April xx

April and hubby dined as guests of Dognation.

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Sarah July 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Nice post! I haven’t tried Dognation yet, but will make sure to do so – I loved KFC’s potato gravy growing up, so I’m sure I’ll love this one too!! 🙂


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

You definitely have to try Dognation’s potato & gravy then!


Sophie July 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

Dognation looks better and better every time I hear about it. Mmm, hotdogs.


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

The toppings really transform the sausage into a special hotdog!


Hannah July 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Elderberry drinks and fancypants hot dogs? Life sure has changed in recent decades 😛


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Haha, yes it has! And don’t we love that it has?! 🙂 All this wonderful food to discover


Winston July 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Yaaaaay… Glad to hear you finally got to go after getting back from your trip. Even more happy to hear you seem to like it as much as I did =D And same here, I actually went to meet SL alone and so could only share 2 dogs between both of us. I hope he’s not too sick of his awesome hotdogs by now it seems like he’s been eating a lot of it HAHA! Your photos are so tantalising was kinda disappointed by the ones I took with my dSLR so ended up using my iphone ones instead, sigh =(


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Your photos were still awesome! It was me, hubby & SL. He didn’t eat any of the hotdogs while he was with us hehe


msihua July 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I can’t eat any of the hot dogs 🙁 WHY do they have to go beef on everything!!!


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Boo 🙁 I just had a look at their menu again and everything except the bratwurst has beef


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