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Bubbledogs

70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG

£18.00 North American Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia

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  • Champagne: £32.00
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 11.30am-4pm 5.30-11pm

Square Meal Review of Bubbledogs ?

Hot dogs and Champagne may not be obvious best buddies, but oddball Bubbledogs tries to conjure some magic from this bizarre pairing. Cool couple James Knappett (ex-The Ledbury) and Sandia Chang run the place with real enthusiasm, and readers appreciate that the venue ‘doesn’t take itself too seriously’. If you don’t mind standing in line, the reward is a choice of inventive hot-dog combos ranging from the ‘K-dawg’ (a Korean riff with kimchi and gochujang sauce) to ‘breakie’, a sizzling fry-up in a bun. To drink, there are glasses of exclusive ‘grower’ Champagnes and sparkling wines aplenty. Bubbledogs isn’t everyone’s flute of fizz, with complaints about the interminable queues, cramped interiors and steep prices, but you can go another way by reserving a civilised berth for Knappett’s tasting menu at the Kitchen Table (housed behind a curtain at the same address).

Champagne List of the Year 2013

The Champagnes on the Bubbledogs list are split up by style: ‘touch of spice’, ‘fresh fruit bowl’ and ‘toasty and nutty delights’, and so on. The 14 sections (including one dedicated to by-the-glass and another to magnums) rarely contain more than three or four wines, and, combined with a super-clear layout and impressive consistency and accuracy, the list is very easy to follow.

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  1. Bubbledogs

    70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG
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    Matt P.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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    70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG
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    Biscuit

    who doesn't lovely bubbly?

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  3. Bubbledogs

    70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG
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    Death by Dining
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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  4. Bubbledogs

    70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG
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    SamTheFoodFan
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 4

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    70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG
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    Sarah A.
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    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 2

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    70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG
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    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  7. Bubbledogs

    70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG
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    What! More food
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 12th August 2014

    TRUsocial :: Sausage Fest

    Never in one day, have I eaten so much sausage before last week, but to satisfy my long-standing need to try Bubbledogs, I was happy to forgo the regular levels of excitement felt for my weekly Friday sausage baguette a la desk. How did I then feel about the array of bratwurst, veggie dogs and frankfurters over lunch a la office?! Sausage Fest sprang to mind... Located high up on Charlotte Street, this is a tiny but delightfully cosy establishment, with a small bar illuminating their street-level window up front and a fabulous private room tucked at the back for those who want a more intimate Kitchen Table experience (for a lucky 19 people, hotdogs are replaced here by visiting chefs and a 12-14 course home-grown tasting menu from £78pp!). For all of you in the main restaurant though, you'll be perched on high stools and should be prepared for an informal hotdog house scene muddled with a spot of Champagne parlour glamour. The menus are generous on both fronts too, with bubbles starting at £35 per bottle and 'dogs not exceeding £8...
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  2. Its great to mix the low brow and the high brow. At university I had to read many great works of literature but I always made sure I read Heat magazine whenever I could... With this in mind I was very intrigued when Melanie from Sunny in London invited me along to try Bubbledogs; a restaurant that juxtaposes fast food hot dogs with luxurious champagne. Well I never say no to champagne no matter what it's paired with... The interior of Bubbledogs is small and quite cosy, a sweet little place. Though I'm not a huge fan of perching on a stool to eat my lunch, these were reasonably comfortable ones!...
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  3. Published : Monday, 3rd February 2014

    inher30s :: Bubbledogs

    Mac & Cheese, Burger & Fries, Peanut Butter & Jam. These are all fairly normal food combinations, Hot Dogs & Champagne however, feature on the funkier end of the taste sensation spectrum. Bubbledogs, the site, doesn’t really explain the reason for this unlikely pairing but reviews suggest it’s going gangbusters and not being one to be at all on trend, numerous months later, I trot off to find out what the big deal is. This is another one of those annoying no reservations places, so to avoid a silly sort of wait, we’re here for what some might charitably describe as an early bird dinner. Even so, the place is packed but there are spots available to eat at the bar and not wearing the sort of shoes that prepares me for standing about, to the bar we go...
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  4. Published : Tuesday, 7th January 2014

    Gingle lists everything :: Bubbledogs, 28th December

    Christmastime in London is one of my favourite times of the year. Why? Because everyone else buggers off and finally you get a chance to get into places without the queue that exists all throughout the year. Last year we took advantage of the emptiness to try out Bone Daddies. this year, we went to Bubbledogs. When we got there it was still pretty busy but there were several empty spaces. We installed ourselves at the bar. We'd already had almost a half a bottle of champagne at home before going out and, given the nature of the venue, I saw no reason to not continue so I had a glass of bubbly. The cheapest one, admittedly, but it was still much better than 'cheap' champagne - it was fresh and crisp and stood up to the Veuve Clicquot we had been sipping at home. Stephen ordered a beer, which is a more traditional accompaniment to a hot dog I suppose.There were plenty of dogs to choose from, from the simple naked dog which was a hot dog on its own, to a straightforward hot dog with onions and saurkraut, the likes of which you would find on any NY street corner (and hence called the New Yorker) to more adventurous toppings like truffle mayo and caramelised lettuce on the BLT. Stephen chose the Sloppy Joe, a riff on the sloppy joe sandwich which is loose chilli in a roll. This one was a hot dog covered in beef chilli, cheese and onions.I had the Mac Daddy - a hot dog topped with mac and cheese, bacon bites and crispy onions. We had a side of sweet potato fries to go with.We both had a beef frank and this tasted exactly as I would expect a hot dog to taste. The toppings were plentiful, and a little difficult to keep a hold of. A fork to catch the stuff that inevitably falls off wouldn't have gone amiss. I also think the hot dogs themselves were really, too thin. They were almost suffocated by the amount of topping on top. But the toppings themselves were good. My mac and cheese might have been a little too rich and stodgy on its own but was saved by the salty bacon bits, and the crispy onions which were excellent.The sweet potato fries were actually probably the most outstanding thing about the meal - the first time either me or Stephen have had them where they've actually been crispy like good fries should be. I suspect they coat them in something first to get that effect.At around £7 for a hot dog, it's not all that expensive either - not much more than you'd pay at a street food van. However, when comparing these hot dogs to the versions I have had on the street, these ones don't stand up that favourably. Big Apple Hot Dogs, Dogfather Diner and Street Kitchen (at The Miller) are all doing superior versions. If the setting were a quick grab and go diner, then these hot dogs would do the business. I enjoyed my hot dog - it was a proper hot dog in my eyes and it was tasty. The champagne to go with it wasn't weird and I think worked fine, although it does just seem there as a novelty facto. But for the price, and the surroundings (it felt like a pretty nice bar), I expected something... more. I certainly wouldn't queue for this, when there are better places around.
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  5. Published : Sunday, 15th December 2013

    The Funky Truth :: Bubbledogs – Requiem

    It has been over a year since I last visited Bubbledogs, the frighteningly trendy ‘gourmet hotdog’ and Champagne bar on Charlotte Street. How time flies! But what has changed over the last twelve months? Not its popularity for a start. Since I visited with work in 2012, I have attempted to visit three times and we always baulked at the wait time for a table, the shortest being fifty minutes for two chairs at the bar...
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  6. 3 people were in front, eagerly waiting for the time to strike 5:30pm. As soon as it did everyone hurried through that door. Upstairs the floor was filled with communal tables, and artwork of the sausage dog. I think the idea of a low fuss quick bite is a great idea, the floor filled up very quickly. Seated at the bar I knew exactly what I wanted a glass of champagne and a gourmet hotdog. Since I wasn’t feeling too adventurous I ended up with the New Yorker, sweet potato fries and sparkling wine...
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  7. Published : Tuesday, 16th April 2013

    Over the Hype :: Bubbly at Number 70

    Walking down Charlotte Street, a real gem in the heart of all the hustle and bustle of Fitzvoria, you will find a restaurant that serves champagne and hotdogs (not bad for a friday night). Having opened in 2012 by James Knappett and partner Sandia Chang, I’d describe it as what you see is what you get – simple with a selection of 13 different dogs at very affordable £6-£8 a piece. Sloppy joe, horny dog, 4th of July etc (it’s hard to forget these names) are served with a selection of champagne or sparkling wine. It was a welcoming feeling like walking into someone’s living room, a real homely, cosy feel to it...
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  8. Published : Wednesday, 6th March 2013

    the dinersaur :: bubbledogs

    So I may be a little late to the party, but I only managed to get myself to Bubbledogs for the first time last week. Bubbledogs sports an exciting champagne/hotdog combo at a small bar on Charlotte Street, near Goodge Street Station. The place has been open for around half a year and, whilst the word-of-mouth buzz amongst my friends has died down a little, I was still very excited at the prospect of some bubbles on a Saturday morning with a good gritty hotdog - what better way to get over Friday night drinks?...
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  9. Happy New Year! I hope this finds you rested and rearing to go. The two weeks of sloth leading up to the first day of work in the New Year is a dead time in London. It is also a great time to eat at hot restaurants without the usual scrum to get in. That was my theory anyway as I made my way to Bubbledogs on Charlotte Street in London, late on a wet Saturday afternoon. Charlotte Street has now gone all genteel. Time was when its most famous resident was Theresa Berkley, an early 19th century dominatrix who ran a brothel specialising in flagellation. Up the road from the old whorehouse is Bubbledogs, which serves hotdogs with champagne. That’s all they serve. No starters, no coffee, no dessert, no whips, no cuffs, no Shades of Grey. There are veggie hot dogs for vegetarians, but you really shouldn’t come to a hot dog restaurant if you are a fruit and nut type...
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  10. Published : Wednesday, 28th November 2012

    bloke does blog :: Bubbledogs @ Fiztrovia, London

    The wife and I headed up to London for a spot of Christmas shopping and after putting in a busy two hour shift on the streets of London, it was time for some chow down. So where should we go? We opted for something we would both would enjoy, so Bubbledogs seemed to be the obvious choice, bubbles for the lady, and dogs for me. Let me tell you a little bit about Bubbledogs, Bubbledogs is a hot dog & champagne bar on Charlotte Street in the Fiztrovia area , yes you heard me right, a hot dog & champagne bar, it’s only been open a few months but has had some really good reviews, anyway, on with my story...
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  11. Published : Thursday, 1st November 2012

    Burgers And Bruce :: Bubbledogs, London

    Last week I conveniently arranged a 4pm meeting in town, and when it finished I hotfooted my way over to Charlotte Street to get in the queue for Bubbledogs, a newish hot dog and champagne bar causing a bit of a stir in London. I got there at 5.15pm and was about 14th in the queue...for a 35 cover restaurant I was relieved that I would be one of the first batches through the doors. This queuing malarkey gets my goat. Bubbledogs is cosy and surprisingly small inside, barebrick walls, soft lighting and cute illustrations on the walls...
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  12. Published : Wednesday, 10th October 2012

    laymytable :: bubbledogs

    It seems to be the fashion within restaurateurs’ ventures that novelties and making the menu simple with only a few options will suffice. Yeah, but only if the food is any good. There’s a reason novelties are what they are. Think Burger & Lobster, Dirty Burger etc, I’m not stating these are below average but...
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  13. Published : Thursday, 27th September 2012

    HungryinLondon :: BUBBLEDOGS (Fitzrovia)

    Seldom has a restaurant been more omnipresent on twitter and various other foodie related social media and its opening more eagerly awaited than the recently launched Bubbledogs. Bubbledogs‘s concept is bizarre as much as it is genius, combining two things that I certainly have never enjoyed together (and never in my wildest dreams would have envisioned a possible match): champagne and hot dogs...
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  14. Published : Tuesday, 11th September 2012

    LONDONcalling :: Bubbledogs&

    Ignore reports of massive queues down the street waiting to get into latest hot ticket Bubbledogs. Here timing is all. As with all of the latest no booking places, if you really must visit at peak times expect a bit of a wait, but do as we did and arrive at 1.30 on a Saturday lunch time or similar and your pretty much guaranteed no wait at all. Another plus though  is that if you are in a party of six you can book a table. Still, having said all of that, this being a slick operation, turnover is pretty darn quick, After all this is not (yet) about multi course extravaganzas. Its hot dogs and bubbles essentially.Cards on the table here, I am proud to admit to knowing the owners  from previous visits to Roganic where Sandia Chang did a splendid job front of house. Her husband and highly respected chef James Knappett was introduced during one of our visits there, and yes they are wonderful people who are destined to make a big impact on the London dining scene. Both have impeccable backgrounds in the industry, and for their young age, worked in some of the worlds top eateries.The no bookings policy means that you may have to share a table with someone that you don.t know, but thats no real problem. On our visit, fun was very much on the menu and everyone was in high spirits, so you never know, you may just strike up a lifelong friendship. The atmosphere is high tempo, busy, buzzy and its sometimes hard to hear the person next to you speak. Background music is good. I enjoyed a couple of tracks from The Cure.The interior is small but perfectly formed with every inch of spare space taken up with dining option. Prize seats are at the bar or to the rear, right next to the as not yet open "chefs table", which is behind a black curtain. Bare brick walls, rough hewn floorboards on both floor and wall, low hanging globe lights set the scene. Oh and bar stools designed for those with plenty of meat on their bum. The specially commissioned artwork is by Jose Reis De Matos who's work features in Stephane Reynaud's excellent books Pork and Sons and Ripailles.The menus at this stage have far greater coverage given over to the grower champagnes than the food, but lets not forget that this is essentially a champagne bar which serves food. Wine is not my forte, but I guess with Sandia's experience the list covers pretty much everything that she wants. Headings include. "A lick of chalk and Stones". "Flowers and Fields". "Toasty and Nutty delights", etc, etc. The short but sweet food menu is a variation on a theme of hot dogs. Beefy ones, Porky ones or Veggie ones, in total an offering of thirteen, plus three side dishes. Not knowing what size they were, and guessing they would be generous English not humongous American size we ordered a couple of each, four different ones to compare.Size wise and for us, two each was certainly enough. Splitting each one into two gave us four great tastes to try. Sloppy Joe, (beef) with Bubbledogs chilli, cheese and chopped onions (£7.50)  Horny Dog, (beef)  Bubbledogs corn breading with corny bits (£7)  Jose, (pork) with salsa, avocado, sour cream and pickled jalepenos. (£7.5)  Fourth of July, (pork)  bacon wrapped with smoky BBQ sauce and coleslaw. (£7)We tried the three side dishes too. The Tots (£3.5) Sweet potato fries (£3.5) and the Coleslaw (£2.5)The standout was the sweet potato fries. Totally gorgeous, highly seasoned, great mouth feel, I should have begged for the recipe, excellent.We tried a couple of glasses of champagne each which just so happened to go particularly well with the dogs. They do however serve a selection of other drinks and I was recommended to try a craft beer.I guess some folks can't get to stoked up about hot dogs, but we absolutely loved them. There is something very satisfying in chomping down on a meat filled bun. Our favourite was the Sloppy Joe but the others were not far behind, just as you would expect from an superb craftsman like James Knappet. With thirteen dawgs to choose from there is sufficient excuse to revisit regularly to sample each and every one. For its casual nature this is a very exciting new opening. Drop in for a glass of champagne. Have a sit at the bar and watch the world go by. Gobble a dawg or two its not going to break the bank. Its fun all the way here, happy smiley people are in abundance. The hand picked staff are also good fun, and the wonderful Jack Settle is an essential part of the team having followed Sandia from Roganic to eventually head up the Chefs Table duo. Of great importance to the more commited foodie is the Chefs Table. Thats where the serious action will be. We had a sneak preview of what is on offer an believe me you are in for a treat. Inspired by the Chefs table at New York's Brooklyn Fare, this amazing space seats just nineteen guests. I'm looking forward to parking my bum on one of the leather high level armchairs. Five chefs including James of course will cook for a maximum 29 diners per evening. Service starts at six through to nine. A seven thirty sitting, then one additional one. Can't wait.So there you have. Loved the place to bits. Its a big recommend from us. Say hello to Sandia and James when you visit. They really are lovely people.
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  15. Published : Thursday, 30th August 2012

    Fd Over LDN :: Blogging and dogging

    Bubbledogs is the new venture by James Knappett, who has previously held stints at Noma and the Ledbury. With that kind of pedigree, this was always going to be somewhere that needed checking out. Together with his wife Sandia Chang (of Roganic fame), the menu features a combination of hot dogs and grower champagne. This seems a bit of a strange combination initially, but the place itself inside is a kind of classy, upmarket (although not necessarily in terms of prices) diner with bar seating and tongue-in-cheek illustrations of sausage dogs drinking champagne...
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  16. The long anticipated Hot Dogs and Champagne-centric restaurant, Bubbledogs, opened their doors to the public this week! Can the odd-couple of hot dogs, (the icon of fast-food) and champagne (the epitome of fine dining) really work?
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Essential Details for Bubbledogs

  • Address: 70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG
  • Telephone: 020 7637 7770
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 11.30am-4pm 5.30-11pm

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