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I expected Hot Dog Heaven but what I got was a sense of slight disappointment.

I got a bit excited the other day when I was surfing just-eat to decide what I was going to get for takeaway as I found a place that made custom burgers and hot dogs with a plethora of sauces and toppings. The idea that I could have a chilli dog was immensely appealing but more than that it seemed to be a real alternative from Chinese, Indian, Chippy, Kebab or Pizza. In all honesty I very rarely get a kebab or a pizza but having an extra option appealed.

So last night I took the plunge and gave it a spin and thought I’d write a review on it. Well I said I would as I had been ordered to by a big bad New York based banker. Well he’s neither big nor bad but the other words are accurate. He also wants a review of the Millennium Trilogy in Swedish but that probably is going to have to be in English as my Swedish is a bit rusty.

So I ordered some onion rings, a chilli dog and a hot dog smothered in chicken curry. I thought it was a tad expensive but if they really impressed then it’d be worth it as a change-up from my usual takeaway experiences. I must add here that the reviews were excellent on the site – like really really good so I was expecting great things – not good things – great things.

An expected delivery time of an hour was no surprise as it was Saturday night but my buzzer went just 22 minutes later which wasn’t too shabby at all. This is what I received:

Onion Rings
Onion Rings

I thought the onion rings were more than adequate. Exactly how you’d expect onion rings to be. Crispy with real onion. Yeah I can’t say anything bad about them so good solid start. Then I had my chilli dog…

Chilli Dog
Chilli Dog

I unwrapped the chilli dog and first thing I noticed was it was nice and big and had a very soft bap – exactly how I like it. I hate places that make hot dogs with baguette bread. I like my baps soft. The taste wasn’t exactly what I’d call chilli but it wasn’t bad. I maybe expected more because of the awesome reviews but it was a perfectly edible hot dog. As for the chicken curry dog…

Chicken Curry Hot Dog
Chicken Curry Dog

Well the chicken curry did not taste like any chicken curry I had eaten before. Again it wasn’t bad but I just wasn’t as impressed as I thought I’d be.

I’ll probably try it again at some point – a hot dog with crab meat sounds enticing and I want to give their burgers a shot as everyone says they are the best in town. However I wasn’t bowled over by Lunch in a Bag but more than willing to give it a second shot. Nothing was bad about my food but I didn’t sit there afterwards and think ‘dang I really really want another one’ which is what I thought I would be feeling.

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  1. Chris Chris

    Their food is sub par, overpriced and does not really taste that great.

    I have ordered twice from them trying a burger one time and a hot dog the next. Both were overpriced and underwhelming.

    I also tried to ring them once and received a recorded message telling customers not to ring and to place via just eat, which was not very useful as I had a fried with special dietary requirements.

  2. AJ AJ

    Wow the first reply was from the owner of the company and then the other two probably were as well. Everyday you go buy your family a hotdog a burger and a shmoo that cant be healthy and must be pricey.
    I have never wanted to order from here for a start the names on the menu disgust me not to mention the prices are extortionate. Dont even start to the attitude of paul crane who owns the place. He seems to have more fights and argument’s than he does customers from what iv seen going by the place. All of the reviews on just eat and the like are from the same people time and time again.
    He replies directly to bad reviews on sites like trip advisor putting the individual reviewers points down rather than asking them to contact him to talk it through privately like a professional business owner would do. He decides to try and make an example of them. (No doubt he will to me too).
    if you go past the restaurant like I do everyday you soon notice the same few ‘customers’ hanging around the shop which doesn’t help its image from a prospective customers point of view.
    Don’t get me wrong the food could be absolutely sensational but neither me or anyone I know could buy anything from here because the image the owner and his friends have created for himself and we love takeaway food especially american food like burgers and similar foods.

  3. PJ PJ

    sorry i totaly miss red the review 😛 but still o_o

  4. PJ PJ

    U r totaly WRONG! I go into that cafe everyday to buy 4 my family: a hot dog a burger and a shmoo and it is lovoly.yes not evrerything looks perfect but it is the taste that counts,doesn’t it? O_o

  5. Paul Crane Paul Crane

    Not a bad review, but their food is awesome and its cooked fresh, you have gotta try them again… won’t be dissapointed.

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