Weiner Hot Dogs @ Da:Men Mall, USJ Subang Jaya

June 15, 2016

Satisfyingly sloppy hot dogs, served in hefty portions that convey substance & weight, constructed with succulent, real-meat sausages, blanketed in richly flavourful, interesting toppings: Weiner ticks pretty much all the right boxes for a winning wiener.

Choose from playful possibilities like a pork hot dog bundled with mac & cheese, crab meat & dill (RM22) or with wasabi mayo, bonito flakes & seaweed (RM20), beef dog with whiskey-braised onions, pickles & maraschino cherries (RM22) or chicken dog with rogan josh curry, crispy onions & coriander yogurt (RM19). The buns prove soft & fluffy, leaving scant cause for complaint, while the house-made sausages are very well-textured - the beef's our fave, tipping tastily closer to fat than lean, followed by the pork, fresh & luscious. Each ensemble is complemented by an extravaganza of toppings, plus crushed tortilla chips & crackers, that spill across abundantly. Proportions feel fulfillingly near-perfect; no bite bears more bread than meat & toppings.

Weiner, a relatively small & intimate space that aims to channel the bustling, colourful exuberance of an NYC diner, is actually part of Da:Men's most intriguing family of restaurants, spearheaded by the people behind Singapore's Sarnies cafe. So far, they've unveiled Weiner as well as The Big Cheese (specialising in grilled cheese sandwiches) in this mall; by October, a joint for meatball enthusiasts called PMB (Pimp My Balls) is scheduled to launch here, alongside the very first Malaysian Sarnies.

Mercifully, Da:Men now has a venue for cocktails & stiff drinks: All day long, Weiner's bar keeps rockin' with temptations like an Espresso Martini (RM20), Saigon Sally (RM28; gin with pandan syrup, egg white & cream), Pimm's Cup (RM24) & spiked milkshakes including Bourbon Fudge (RM22). Tip: Head here between 2pm-8pm for happy hour savings of up to 30 percent.

Weiner Malaysia
G-25, Ground Floor, Da:Men, USJ 1, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Mon-Sun, 10am-10pm.

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