Hidden inside the UFO Factory is a new subterranean joint called Laika Dog. If you missed the joke, Laika was a Soviet space dog that became the first mammal to orbit the Earth, and it’s in the UFO Factory…geddit?
When you first walk in, your eyes will be blinded by darkness but will quickly adjust. In a word, this place is cool. The walls are painted metallic silver to match the pops of chrome.
Pinball machines line one end of the building…
…and a stage fills the other, alternating between live music in the evening and classic films during the day.
Their walls were also lined with a provocative collection of paintings by Lucy Cahill that blended seamlessly into the edgy aesthetic. They’re all for sale, but I’ll be sad to see them go.
It’s the perfect mix of grunge and hip.
You sit down wherever you want, grab a menu and pencil from the end of your table, and hand your choices to the barman.
They’ve got a couple of house favourites to choose from, or you can create your own from a list of ingredients. For the first round, we both tried the classic beef dog with a side of fries.
I got mine General Tsao style, which was fried and topped with the most delicious homemade sauce, and even came with a fortune cookie on the side.
The mister made his own creation, which we aptly named Le Mister – it was a beef dog, yellow mustard, mozzarella, and cucumber. It sounds bizarre, but was totally delicious!
After devouring these, we couldn’t resist a round two. This time we both tried the vegan frankfurters just to switch things up a bit. The mister got another General Tsao, and I got the Kimchi, which was topped with crispy sauteed ramen, vegan mayo, and housemade kimchi.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this one, but it was delicious! The kimchi packed some serious punch though but the mayo kept it from overwhelming the dish. All of the flavour combos on this menu are bold, so try not to be intimidated and I promise it’ll pay off!
Dogs are priced at a flat rate of $5 each, and their bar is super reasonable too. Wednesdays are notable for their half-off hot dog happy hour, and they give $1 per dog discounts for students and seniors with a valid ID.
That being said, if you’re looking for somewhere to take your man, I guarantee he’ll love this place. All of you vegans and vegetarians will love this place too. For such a grungy place, the menu was surprisingly packed with delicious dairy-free and meat-free options.
Rumour has it they’ve got a fantastic brunch with $12 bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas…say what?! You can bet that next time I’m hungover I’ll be crawling back in here to check that deal out out.