I actually couldn’t believe that it’s been almost a year since my first visit to the Little Mowbray gourmet hot dog spot, On a Roll.
It certainly wasn’t because I didn’t love it, cause I really did and you can read my original review over here. I guess I blame it on that continuous search for the next new thing which seems to cause this problem in my life. I’m definitely gonna have to make some more time for the ones I love.
Anyways, when they then contacted me & invited me to pop in again to check out their new menu items and live music Thursdays, I was quite excited to dig into some dirrrty dogs again. (hot dogs being one of my simplest, but most treasured pleasures). So off I went last Thursday to go check in on the Dog Kitchen once again…
I had a quick catch up with owner, Peter Aruba (who is absolutely lovely btw) and he told me about their new Rockabilly style live music nights every Thursday which certainly seems to have become a local favourite hangout as the place was packed by the time Lonesome Dave (aka Dave Ferguson) started going his thing.
Right, now onto those dogs… How much do you love their brilliant names:
Now the last time I got myself a dog fix, I was there with quite a big group which had a good mix of girls & guys. There were some minor complaints from the boys’ camp in that they thought hot dog roll was a bit too “run of the mill” and the size of the dogs were a little small. There were suggestions of some kind of double dog option to appease those man-sized appetites…
So to see what a “dude” thought of their current menu, I brought my friend Darryn along to be my test monkey (so to speak), and he was very chuffed when he spotted this key menu change:
His boet (who also joined us) tried out the milkshakes, something which we none of us tried the last time round (and I’m totally kicking myself for that one):
We also spotted a great special they’re running called the “Chubby Checker” (again, love the name) which includes a milkshake and a Dirk Diggler dog (anyone who’s watched Boogie Nights will get that one):
But to give the new menu items a try, Darryn went for the Bless Bridges (R50). Being an Afrikaans dog, this baby of course comes with some boerewors ek se AND some yummy pumpkin fritters. I went for the ZZ top (R58) which is a trio of mini dogs and a really cool way to sample 3 dogs at once – the German Shepherd, the Big Oink & the Durban ‘n All. Love it. Darryn’s boet, Kenneth, went for the Chihuahua (R54 – charcoaled pineapple, guacamole & lemon pepper blackbeans – I think this one used to be there, but I don’t recall anybody having it last time). This is what these babies looked like:
First thing Darryn picked up on was that they’d also changed their buns, which he gave his stamp of approval. So on the previous complaints front, the Dog Kitchen had now scored full marks. I on the other hand, who was quite a happy chappy from the first round, was still very much a big fan. From my 3 minis, that Big Oink was my favourite. You just can’t go wrong with crispy bacon in my book. And Kenneth loved his charcoal pineapple topped dog as well. So it was a big thumbs up all round!
On a roll seems to be achieving exactly what the name implies. And I highly recommend you go pay them a visit.
- Address: 78 Durban Road, Little Mowbray
- Contact them on: 021 685 9916 or email@example.com
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 12 to late & closed on Sundays