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Nathan’s Famous, IOI City Mall

Nathan’s Famous, IOI City Mall

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Dinner for two — cheesesteak, chilli cheese hotdog, chilli cheese fries and lemonade

I knew about Nathan’s Famous hotdogs from the news, when I read how Kobayashi ate 69 hotdogs in 10 minutes – a crazy feat. Apart from that, there’s nothing much I know about Nathan’s Famous except that it recently came to Malaysia; IOI City Mall in Putrajaya to be exact.

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Newly opened

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Popular items at Nathan’s

We were in Putrajaya over the weekend for some errands and decided to give the hotdogs a try. rif and I are accustomed to sausages that are thicker with beef and pork combination, like the ones available in Europe. Nathan’s Famous offers thin, natural beef dogs and sparsely decorated with a condiment or two.

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Chilli cheese hotdog

That was what we got when we ordered the chili cheese hotdog – a seemingly austere combination compared to hotdogs that are heavily garnished with rich toppings. The frank was a tad mushy and bland for my liking but I did like the chili cheese topping. It’s a simple hotdog; no frills and uncomplicated to eat, if you’re into minimalism.

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Cheesesteak

We also tried the cheesesteak, an East Coast signature sandwich of roast beef slices with sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheese in a sub. I liked the filling but the roll was a tad dry and hard, which didn’t do much for the beef.

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Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

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Chilli cheese fries

Better was the chili cheese fries, which I’m glad I ordered. You get a good portion (hopefully they remain consistent) of crinkle cut fries with beef chili and a dollop of cheese sauce. Very addictive, this one.

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The flavour of New York since 1916

Overall, we weren’t all that impressed with Nathan’s Famous. I haven’t tried the real deal in New York so I can’t quite comment on the similarity of quality and taste. But it wasn’t my kind of hotdog…

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 5.5/10 (halal)
Verdict: I found the hotdog alright but the chili cheese fries were quite good.

L1-13B, First Floor
IOI City Mall
Lebuh IFC
IOI Resort City
62502 Putrajaya.
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