If you think posh hot dogs sound a bit weird, what about scallop dogs and fried fish wings?

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Hot dogs go posh - the haute dog

Photograph: Sarah Alcock

A proper bun and no ketchup or mustard in sight - what do you think of the haute dog?

Gourmet purveyors Bubbledogs and Herman Ze German serve up generously-sized hot dogs – the ultimate American fast food. And it's not just meat you can have in a hot dog; Mark Hix introduced his Fish Dog van last year at Jamie Oliver's The Big Feastival, which is now on the road serving up an even more delicious version of the fish-finger sandwich, with mint mushy peas and tartare sauce.

We went to Kensington Place, where, with their "Fishbone" menu, the hot dog has gone even more haute – introducing the scallop dog! Intrigued? We were.

Scallop dog

The scallop dog is a far cry from Mark Hix's breadcrumbed fish dog; the scallop dog is actually like a frankfurter but made using scallops. You can see why they don't tell you too much about it because the description is slightly off-putting.

We couldn't quite decide whether it was pure genius or not – you lose the nice bits about a scallop: its texture and the pretty coral colour – but our plates were soon empty. Fresh tomato, herbs, onion and shrimp were mixed together as a salsa-like topping, which gave it a pleasant dose of fresh flavours and acidity.

Wingin' it

But the real talking point of the all-American "Fishbone" menu was the fried wings. After you bite into the crispy outside of the wings you come across delicious, fresh, flaky fish, and then ... a bone, not those pesky little fish bones, but an actual solid bone. After a cocktail or two you do begin to question your own logic. "Skate have fish bones, right?" After a few probing questions we discovered that the fish is actually glued to real chicken bones for that proper American wings experience!


You might think the "Fishbone" menu is a bit weird. It is. But if you enjoy a bit of food theatre and a real talking point over dinner, then you'd definitely enjoy this. Heston would be impressed.

What do you think of gourmet hot dogs or fish dogs - an invaluable addition to global cuisine or just another fad?

• This piece first appeared on the Sainsbury's magazine blog, Tried and Tasted