There seems to be quite a resurgence in the humble hot dog down here in London town. Big Apple led the way in making them popular, and they've even begun to creep onto restaurant menus (Delaunay, Hawksmoor, Mishkins and MEATmarket to name just a few I have seen recently). Give it a few months, and you will even get a restaurant dedicated to to dogs when Bubbledogs opens some time later in the year. Slightly less heralded is Herman ze German, not strictly a hot dog retailer, but serving German sausages in rolls is close enough for comparison.
Looking past their rather phallic logo, these guys have been round for a few years now slinging curry wurst and all other manner of other wursts for the Charing Cross public. With my German upringing, I can't get enough of a good wurst and have been known to frequent these guys from time to time. The options are limited to a few pork and beef varieties, with a couple of choices of additional toppings such as crisp fried onions and sauerkraut. Carefully douse your sausage in ketchup and mustard and eat in the few seats available, or take it to the streets and make everyone jealous. The bratwurst is my go to sausage, but I have had a taste of all of them and they rarely let you down.
If you fancy something a bit different, get a curry wurst. Opt for one of their sausage choices and then douse it in curry sauce as hot as you dare. Get some chips on the side and you basically have an incredibly filthy but satisfying meal.
I miss a lot of the German foods I experienced as a child, I guess those moments become more ingrained in you the younger you are. Herman ze German is not a place you go for a meal, but a place to get a decent feed and for me, a little bit of nostalgia. There are no bells and whistles, nor arrays of toppings or clever variations, but a bit like Big Apple hotdogs, lets the sausage speak for itself. I love their sausages and I love the curry wurst. And most of all, I love the fact they have the balls (pardon the pun) to have a massive orange penis as it's logo.
Herman ze German - 19 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NE