Third time lucky. After giving up twice for the overwhelming queue all the way down Charlotte Street last fall, I learnt my lesson, and ventured to Bubbledogs for a late lunch, as opposed to my previous Friday night attempts.
So here we are, Miss S and I, on a mid-week freezing day, finally trying out the infamous hot spot opened in Fitzrovia by foodie couple James Knappett (ex Ledbury, Noma) and wife Sandia Chang (ex Roganic); offering a pretty intriguing pairing of hot dogs and champagne.
Since its opening, in late 2012, Bubbledogs has been the talk of the foodies in town and sadly takes no reservations (except for parties of 6 or more). They only keep a few small tables for walk-ins in the front of the restaurant.
Down to business now. Firstly, the pairing with champagne. The way I see it, hot dogs are a little guilty pleasure, better eaten in moderation. What’s champagne? Well exactly that, a pretty guilty pleasure best drunk in moderation. We drink expensive red wine with pizza, so why not drinking champagne with a hot dog? I am not against this proletarization of Champagne, but I know quite a few French folks here in London that might . Being 2PM, I stuck to a Diet coke, but if I go back, I would definitely order a vintage bubbly.
And now, the hot dogs. They offer a selection of 13 pork, beef and vegetarian hot dogs. From the naked dog (just the dog between the buns) to the super calorific Buffalo dog ( deep-fried hot dog with spicy buffalo sauce, blue cheese, pickled celery and celery seeds) or the indulgent (hangover cure) Breakie (with fried egg, tomato relish and black pudding bits).
What Miss S and I ordered:
Sloppy Joe (bubbledogs chilli, onions, and cheese) with extra jalapeno. So yummy!
Dogzilla, a delicious Japanese inspired hot dog with wasabi mayo, ginger and seaweed.
Coleslaw: perhaps a little too liquid, not particularly exciting.
Tots: crispy deep-fried grated potatoes, they tasted too much of fried.
Sweet potato fries: slightly soggy, could have been nicer with a sprinkle of salt.
My final verdict: hot dogs, really good, interesting toppings. Sides, nothing to write home about. Champagne, I need to try it next time. This place needs a second visit for a final judgement. I like the concept.
Hot dogs with sides for 2 people £32.