Last week, I was lucky enough to have a week off in between jobs and on each day, I visited a café or eatery that has been on my list to try. On Thursday, I frequented Broddogs in Belconnen with Rachi, from Le Bon Vivant, after weeks of reading about it on social media feeds.
I had heard that the red caravan can have a large line of hungry patrons on weekends but luckily the line on Thursday only had a few people in front of us waiting to order. Once we had ordered, it was about a 15 minute wait. Rachi commented that they were getting them out quickly.
I’ve always eaten my hotdogs with tomato sauce (also known as ketchup) and mustard so it was an easy choice for me to order the American Dog ($7), which came with your choice of dog (Vienna Frankfurt, Spicy Kransky or a Pork Free Dog), pickles, onions, corn relish, ketchup and mustard. Rachi ordered the Chilli Cheese Dog ($10.50) with a Kransky, beef chilli, fondue cheese sauce, corn relish and shaved gruyere cheese. As a side, we ordered Cheesey Chilli Chips ($6) to share (chips with beef chilli and fondue cheese sauce).
Once our orders were ready, Rachi and I made our way inside to sit in Belconnen Westfield’s food court, as there is no seating on the roof area near the Broddogs caravan. We knew that these hotdogs would be way too messy to eat standing in a carpark on a slightly windy day, so luckily the food court is located just inside the entry point of the shopping centre.
When I opened my cardboard container, I was happy to see a generous amount of sauce. I wish I had a little extra corn relish though, as it seemed to have gotten lost amongst the pickles and onions. The bread roll is a typical hot dog bun – the white, sweet, super soft bun – and unfortunately I’ve never really liked these types of rolls so would’ve preferred something different. Overall though, it was a good hotdog which was quite large in size with a delicious frankfurt.
Rachi loved her Kransky Chilli Cheese Dog and even wrote a blog post about it, which you can read here.
The Cheesey Chilli Chips were decadent but I found that I would’ve preferred the chips and chilli sauce to be salted more. If I return, I think I’ll be sticking with the regular chips or trying another type.
All in all, I enjoyed my hotdog and definitely understand the hype – it’s a unique, interesting idea that they have executed well. If you’re a hotdog fiend, get yourself to the rooftop of Belconnen Westfield.