Bubbledogs

70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QG
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Address
70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QG

Telephone
020 7637 7770

Cuisine
European

Region
Fitzrovia

Nearest Station
Goodge Street (0.08 miles)

Website
http://www.bubbledogs.co.uk

Opening Times
monday Closed
tuesday Opens 17:30 - Closes 23:00
wednesday Opens 17:30 - Closes 23:00
thursday Opens 17:30 - Closes 23:00
friday Opens 12:00 - Closes 23:00
saturday Opens 12:00 - Closes 23:00
sunday Closed

James Knappett (formerly of The Ledbury) opened this hot dog and Champagne eatery together with his wife Sandia Chang (a top-rated Sommelier) in July 2012. This is a gourmet experience like no other; premium, home-made pork, beef or vegetarian hotdogs alongside some of the best grower champagnes in the world.

A separate 19 cover room called Kitchen Table will offer European dishes.

Reservations are only taken for groups of six or more.

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A vibrant atmosphere, and a great night out with friends..

A table for 12 was not an easy booking to secure for one of the most in demand new eateries in the capital. However, preparation a couple of months in advance sealed a night out at Bubbledogs. If you haven’t heard of Bubbledogs, which seems unlikely considering the press the place has been getting, it is the first restaurant headed up by James Knappett (ex Ledbury and a host of other Michelin stars across the globe) and his wife Sandia Chang (a similar stellar sommelier CV).

The concept is simple yet unusual, champagne and hotdogs. No starters, no puddings, just pork, beef or veggie dogs and a couple of sides to choose from, fairly reasonably priced too. The main restaurant was buzzing, unsurprising considering the queue out of the door even on a rainy Thursday night… With an uncomplicated menu the selections were relatively straight forward, more just a case of how many dogs to order - two for the keen and hungry, three for the slightly excessive. Our waitress informed us the record was 4. With the choices made, next up was the champagne. There was a large list of artisan sparkling wines, covering a diverse price range. Our table plumped for two bottles from the lower end of the spectrum. Service was fast and efficient - the corks were popped, with the hotdogs in their little baskets hitting the table soon after. This provided a real dichotomy of dining. On the one hand there was the grandiose gesture of ordering a couple of decadent bottles of champagne, and on the other there were 12 hungry people tucking into some hotdogs without a piece of cutlery in sight. All in all this lead to a vibrant atmosphere, and a great night out with friends - perhaps not worth queuing for ages in the rain, but a bit of forward planning and this can easily be avoided!

The calibre of hotdogs and their respective toppings do deserve a few honourable mentions. A Sloppy Joe was covered in chilli con carne and a layer of thick melted cheese. José was a nod to Mexico, topped with sour cream, salsa, avocado and jalapeños. The Fourth of July had the dog wrapped in bacon strips and heaped with coleslaw, which was perhaps a touch too sweet. A smear of mustard on the bun couldn’t quite counteract this. Finally, a BLT consisted of dog sat atop a bed of caramelised lettuce topped with bacon and tomato shards, and a generous portion of truffle mayonnaise. All were eaten with very few complaints. The sides were also excellent, with a pile of sweet potato fries and stack of tater tots exactly the right amount of greasy. Rarely can cylinders of hash brown not make you beam with delight…

What is admirable is Bubbledogs is not somewhere trying to be something it is not. The kitchen makes all the dogs and buns. There are of course hints of the fine dining background sprinkled across the menu, the perfectly cubed tomato concasse making up the salsa in the José, the black truffle sprinkled generously through the mayonnaise on the BLT. However, these do not impose or overbear, yet merely take a backseat adding to the quality of the meal and experience. There is also an exclusive Chef’s table in the back that is getting rave reviews for its tasting menu experience. This is about as far removed as hot dogs are from champagne.

Reviewed by James Whiting
Published on Feb 11, 2013


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There was much hype surrounding this novel restaurant that serves hotdogs and grower champagnes around the time of opening, but fast forward a few years and they’re still one of London’s most talked about restaurants. And it’s easy to see why – who would have thought a Sloppy Joe hot dog could be matched to a 2002 Pierre Peters Cuvée Spéciale?

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Although they've gourmetised hot dogs by pairing them with grower champagnes, there's no getting away from the fact that they are the ultimate food-truck, artery-thickening junk food. And we mean that in a good way, especially with varieties like the Mac Daddy with macaroni and cheese, and the Sloppy Joe with beef chilli, Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.

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There doesn't seem to be anything these hotdog experts haven't experimented with yet. The Mac Daddy has a juicy sausage covered with macaroni and cheese, bacon and crispy onions. It's fairground food by excellence, but washed down with grower champagnes.

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