In Denmark we have a high standard for hotdogs in general, as long as you avoid gas stations, convenience stores, and IKEA. However, you rarely see much deviation from the classic Danish hotdog - and certainly never in the popular kind of joints that also offers a great cocktail selection and DJs on the weekends.
(translates to the bird table
, but is Danish slang for a hotdog stand) in the central Vesterbro area of Copenhagen. Not only do they have a selection of creative gourmet dogs on the menu - they feature limited runs of specialty dogs like the licorice one I’ll review below. And they also recommend serving champagne with them - something I haven’t tried before.
On this evening I tried 4 different dogs from their menu, and on the very friendly and helpful server’s recommendation, I had a glass of Luigi Voghera Spumante champagne from Italy - I’ll get back to that.
Pork dog with a fried egg and pickled beet salad
All Foderbrættet’s sausages are made in-house and this excellent pork specimen packed lots of taste, smoky notes, was juicy, and had a nice snap to it! The pink-purple-ish dressing is made from pickled beets and mayo - together with the fried egg and deepfried strips of carrot, it became quite a savory composition which I find lacked a little heat and some sour notes to balance the full taste. But that pork dog - nom nom!
Merguez lamb dog with 3 bean chili
This is the best lamb sausage I’ve ever tasted: Very flavorful and the lamb taste came through in an impressive way which makes this dog a unique experience. The 3 bean chili complemented it perfectly and added some punch - nice to finally see a restaurant making a good chili instead of all the anemic crap you find in most places. If you like lamb, this is a must-try!
Tempura cod dog with cilantro dressing and seaweed
Honestly, this was the surprise of the evening. I have tried fish dogs in the past and have never been overly impressed - not so this time around! The fried cod was very tasty, still juicy, and the cilantro dressing with seaweed on top just perfected the dog. Surprisingly enough, if the pork lacked a genuine kick, this is where I found it - right in the nuts and it brought a smile to my face! This hotdog should be called the tamakeri dog, actually.
Licorice dog with pickled onions and strawberries
This limited edition dog was developed together with the famous gourmet licorice wizard, Johan Bülow
and since licorice is extremely rare as a hotdog condiment, I was very excited to try this one. The pork sausage included smoked cheddar, a salty licorice sirup, but it was very dry and the licorice didn’t really come through. Despite the creative effort here, I have to say this is the weakest of the four dogs. I’m sure it can be executed better with more emphasis on the novel aspect of licorice.
Overall, I have to say I’m not big on the champagne aspect - but hey, I’m just a cranky old asshole. And if you’re into champagne they have a wide selection to satisfy your bubble-cravings. The good news is that they also have a full cocktail bar, so I still walked out a happy man.
If you’re up for challenging your perceptions on what a hotdog is, be sure to swing by Foderbrættet and try their top grade dogs - a nice 5 out of 5 experience, overall, with room for improvement here and there. Rumour has it they’ll be introducing a hotdog of the month concept soon - I’ll be back for sure! And meanwhile I’ll be dreaming of that pork sausage and the tamakeri dog…