Bubbledogs was rather a phenomenon by all accounts in 2012 when it opened, with queues for a table regularly out the door and down the street with its ‘no reservation’ policy. I was rather intrigued by the concept of Gourmet Hot Dogs and Champagne….both fantastic things in my eyes, so how could it fail! James Knappett the head chef has worked in many places around the globe so knows a thing or two about food! I’ve been wanting to check it out for a while, but given we do not live in London, like with a lot of exciting new places and concepts…it had to wait a while! Bubbledogs also more recently opened ‘The Kitchen Table’ where there is an interactive fine dining experience on offer for an intimate number of guests – we’ll save that for another visit.
Not being ones that like to wait in line for anything, the husband and I turned up at 12 on the dot for lunch on a Friday (only to find actually the doors opened at 1130!) luckily we were still one of the first there. The place filled up fast and by about 1230 it was full! The atmosphere was loud and buzzy, and I liked it!
Menus arrived promptly which is always nice and the concept was simple. Choose a hot dog (or 2!), choose a side (or 2!) and choose your poison (champagne obviously!) but there were soft drinks on offer too.
Lee and I decided to share a couple of the hotdogs (well actually I decided this for him as I couldn’t decide which one to get) In retrospect had we seen the size of them, we might have ordered 3 between us. Not a bad size for a lunch but if you were there for dinner you might leave a bit hungry. We chose the JOSÉ, with salsa, avocado, sour cream and pickled jalapeños and the NEW YORKER, with grilled sauerkraut and NY street cart onions. There is also the choice of the hotdogs themselves being beef or pork. We went for pork. Sides wise we ordered one of everything on the menu! Tots – think hash brown/ potato croquette, Sweet Potato Fries, Coleslaw and Cheese Wizz.
Firstly the dogs – I liked the simple presentation, they came in baskets and the sides in cardboard pots. The sausages themselves were really tasty and the toppings plentiful. I really enjoyed both but the New Yorker was the standout. I LOVED the street cart onions. My only comment about the hot dogs in general was the bread. I don’t know whether it was homemade or bought in, but to be honest it was like a standard supermarket hot dog roll. Nothing wrong with it, but could have been so much better.
I wasn’t that keen on the tots, but Lee loved them. The sweet potato fries were a big hit, crunchy outside but so fluffily on the inside, we could have kept eating these for a long time. Both of theses dipped in the Cheese Wizz – essentially melted cheese that tasted like a cross between cinema nacho cheese and melted cheese slices was great! The coleslaw also really tasty – an intriguing sweetness to it not usually found in coleslaw but it worked really well!
A final comment about the toilets downstairs – possibly the best I’ve ever seen! The walls were covered floor to ceiling in menus that James and the team had collected over the years – it was a pretty amazing sight!
Overall we had a really great lunch at Bubbledogs, and the champagne and hot dog concept certainly works a treat. For ‘fast’ food it’s not the cheapest but its worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Have you been to Bubbledogs? I would love to know what you thought!
70 CHARLOTTE ST,
LONDON W1T 4QG
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own