Fusion hot dogs at Mustard, JLT

Dear Diary,

Hot dogs are taking Dubai by storm with This is Hot Dog, The Hot Dog Stand and Mustard all competing for the title of Dubai’s favourite hot dog.

However if any of them can stake a claim for Dubai’s most unique hot dogs, it would have to be Mustard.

Outside Mustard Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

Mustard is the brainchild of two friends brought together through their husbands – with an idea first conceived as a food truck.

They worked with a local supplier to develop a special-recipe, low-fat hot dog (in chicken, beef or veggie varieties) which you can pair with either a white, brown or sesame bun.

As you’d expect, Mustard is super-casual. The decor is heavy on the yellow with wooden crate tables and recycled denim cushions that the owners made themselves. You tick what you want from a menu checklist, pay, then pick your order up from the counter once it’s ready.

Full spread at Mustard Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

Mustard’s hot dogs don’t have the characteristic, juicy meatiness of a big fat American Ball Park brand hot dog, but this milder flavour means that they can take even more artistic licence when it comes to the toppings.

They offer five signature hot dog varieties which pair the humble hot dog with unusual toppings like caramelised fruit and feta or tobiko (flying fish roe) and kimchi.

Fusion food lovers must try the Yoshi at least once. If you’ve only ever enjoyed tobiko and nori in a California roll, now’s the time to try them as hot dog condiments. But it doesn’t stop there. The Yoshi hot dog is filled to the brim with a host of exotic Asian flavours – from Japanese sweet omelette (tamago) to kimchi to wakame (seaweed) to a spicy sauce.

Yoshi hot dog at Mustard Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

Apologies for the slightly blurry photo, but this combination is best expressed visually.

Inside the Yoshi hot dog at Mustard Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

If you possess a less adventurous palate, you might be happier with a more conventional combination such as the Tasty Root, topped with caramelised onions grilled mushrooms, Swiss cheese and aioli. Or, you can customise your own hot dog to include the exact mix of sauces, veggies and cheeses you want.

Tasty Root hot dog at Mustard Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

You can upgrade your hot dog to a combo meal to include sweet potato fries or normal fries if you prefer.

Sweet potato fries at Mustard Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

But what really took me by surprise were the “Wild Bites” on Mustard’s menu such as the Molten Peppers and the Cheesy Dates. I never would have expected these kinds of items at a hot dog shop, but they were both unusual and delicious, which means a two thumbs up from me. The Cheesy Dates were the perfect combination of sweet and savoury and similar to a tapas item I’ve enjoyed in Spain before, reflecting the Spanish heritage of one of the owners.

Cheesy date at Mustard Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

The Molten Pepper was a roasted red bell pepper was stuffed with minced beef, mushrooms and covered with a cheesy bechamel sauce. It wasn’t the most attractive dish, but it was tasty, great value at only AED 12, and could have made a hearty dinner on its own.

Meat molten pepper at Mustard Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

The dessert menu is simple – you have the choice of only one. A banoffee pie – bananas, toffee, whipped cream and delicate shavings of chocolate on top.

Banoffee Pie at Mustard Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

Verdict: The outlandish hot dog combinations are perfect for fusion food lovers with adventurous palates. Great setting for a casual outdoor meal at JLT.
Note to self: Fun for novelty value, but I still prefer my traditional hot dog. But the molten pepper and cheesy dates… mmmm.

Dubai Gate 1, Cluster Q
Jumeirah Lake Towers
Tel: 04 800 6878

Chow for now!

xx foodie

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