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Have deconstructed dishes done their dash?

As Black Sheep Coffee launches what it claims is London’s first deconstructed hot dog, could this meal style be making a comeback?

19 February 2019
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The humble hot dog has been deconstructed and given a German twist at Black Sheep Coffee, which has cafes, kiosks and after-work cocktail bars in London and Manchester.

The dish, which the outfit has named The Dog Bowl, consists of two German sausages with a chopped up soft pretzel bun, served in a basket topped with ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut and crispy onions.

Customers have the choice between two varieties of premium German sausages too – a pork and cheese-laced Kasewurst and a classic beef Rindswurst.

According to Black Sheep Coffee, the hybrid creation is an ideal evening sharer for a relaxed night or can be polished off alone with a beer, wine, coffee-inspired cocktail or locally distilled liquor as a chaser.

The Dog Bowl is available at Black Sheep's venues in London, including Bow Lane, Coleman Street, Leadenhall, Plough Place, Principal Place, Regent’s Place, Southbank Tower and Wembley, as well as Piccadilly Place in Manchester.

Londoners are able to order one for £6.95, while prices are set at £5.95 in Manchester.

Deconstructed highs and lows

When it comes to deconstructed meals, the World’s 50 Best superchef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana must have the most famous creation: his signature ‘Oops! I Dropped the Lemon Tart’ dessert. Meanwhile, having recently opened in London, Farzi Café, takes the deconstructed approach to Indian food. 

While the high flyers find fans with this type of experimentation, there has been some consumer backlash outside the realms of haute cuisine. In fact, Melbourne cafe Kitty Burns came under fire for its deconstructed brunch of avocado on toast. The breakfast board served up half an avocado on a spoon, edamame smash, two slices of sourdough and a poached egg, with a stack of salt and pepper and lime in the middle as garnish. All the elements came separately and diners had to put them together, with many accusing the joint of reaching “peak hipster.”

But Black Sheep Coffee says its dish shows culinary imagination and offers a moreish and indulgent eat. It also claims it’s the first deconstructed hot dog in town.

Has Black Sheep Coffee missed the boat on deconstructed dishes, Sparkie?

 

Sparkie says:

The product itself doesn’t sound terrible but I can’t see them selling very many purely because of the name. So, honestly, no, this is not likely to stick around very long without being renamed.

As for deconstructed foods as a wider topic, it is a little more interesting. I have seen the predictions for the end of the molecular gastronomy era as regional, traditional and authentic cuisines begin to take over. I have begun to notice an increasing array of memes on social media dedicated to deconstructed cuisine, so I’m fairly confident that, overall, this signifies the end of that too, apart from a handful of restaurants who can get away with doing these things as a kind of parody due to their clientele buying into it for the Instagram likes.

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