Friday, March 23, 2007
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: The first ever review of the hot dogs in the new Wembley Stadium!
I think I can claim something of a first here. England's famous Wembley Stadium has been rebuilt and was finally opened to the public for the first time last weekend. Several thousand people were invited to test out the facilities and get a first look at England's national stadium.
It was great making the walk from Wembley Park station up the wide avenue leading to the stadium, with the huge metal arch dominating the view. We also saw the first ever goal to be scored at the new Wembley, during a celebrity exhibition match.
But of course the undoubted highlight for me was when I went to the drinks and snack kiosk and realised that they sold hot dogs! Wembley may be a world class venue but could it deliver world class hot dogs?
Well, not world class no, but probably a decent enough hot dog to keep fans satisfied on match day. The sesame seed bun was soft and fresh (well, you would hope so since we were the first people ever to eat there). The frankfurter was moist and not too nitrate-y. It was a processed Herta-type variety which isn't always a bad thing. Tomato sauce and mustard were on offer from giant squeezy bottles. Both were good (actually better than in many of the cafes I've previously reviewed). The sausage:bread ratio was spot on, too, I thought.
All in all this is a decent hot dog considering the mass catering environment. If they can keep the standard up on a full match day, fans won't be disappointed. I imagine a top American stadium would have absolutely amazing hot dogs - something to actually take pride in. The Wembley hot dog doesn't quite reach those heights but is a good hot dog nonetheless.
4 out of 5. An easy tap in from the edge of the box.