The King. It’s a name to take note of throughout April, for two reasons.
One: The King is the name of one of the canine characters that star in Wes Anderson’s new stop motion animation film, Isle of Dogs. It tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, a 12-year-old living in Megasaki City. When all dogs are exiled to a vast garbage dump, Kobayashi sets off in search of his bodyguard-dog Spots. With the help of dogs he meets along the way, he begins an epic journey. The voice-over cast is classic, featuring familiar names in Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Liev Schreiber and more to voice the film’s canine characters.
Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson
Two: The King is the name of a new Isle of Dogs-inspired snack at Chippendale favourite, LP’s Quality Meats; the meat-centric restaurant and bar’s take on a deep-fried favourite.
“It’s a cheese kransky, which is an Slovenian hot dog with Tallegio cheese in the middle,” says manager Rory Sandrasegara. “It’s like the king of melted cheese. When you bite into it, it kind of goes everywhere. We batter it, fry it and pop it on a stick. It’s a play on a Dagwood Dog, which ties into the dog theme pretty nicely.”
The King will only be available from April 6–22. Sandrasegara especially likes it because it plays on nostalgia. “It’s a throwback to that old Australian beach culture,” he says. “I guess originally the fried sausage on a stick thing was American, but it became quite iconic in Australian culture with Dagwood Dogs and Pluto Pups. We thought it would be fun to do something a bit kitsch.”
That approach is something of a release valve for the establishment. Known more for its quality smoked meats, cured and cold cuts, Sandrasegara says, “We’re a bit more refined, for lack of a better word, with the rest of our menu. For that reason we’re offering The King on our happy hour menu, which is 5–6pm, and it’s only $10.” The special comes with a side of ketchup.
Sandrasegara says if there’s another parallel between the world of Wes Anderson and LP’s Quality Meats, it’s in the attention to minor details. “We make everything in-house,” he says. “We make all the sausages in-house, the cold cuts, and mustards and stuff like that, but we don’t advertise it. LP’s is a really casual atmosphere but a lot of work goes in to every detail that you don’t necessarily notice on first take.”
Similarly, expectations between the output of the two remains high. “He’s changed the game with the way he directs,” says Sandrasegara. “You know everything’s symmetrical, his colour schemes are all on point, and they’re just hilarious. You know a Wes Anderson movie straight away from the tone. They’re brilliantly made.”
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Isle of Dogs, the new film from Wes Anderson, in cinemas April 12. Watch the trailer below.