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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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    1 of 1 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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    • 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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    Robert S.
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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Published : Saturday, 22nd September 2012

    London - Girl About Town :: Bubbledogs

    Hard to believe that Bubbledogs only opened its doors a month ago, considering the amount of interest it has generated. Pedigree helps (pun intended); owners are chef and sommelier husband and wife team James Knappett and Sandia Chang, whose impressive joint CVs (Marcus Wareing, Per Se, Noma, The Ledbury, Roganic) can be seen in the toilet. No, really; the unisex loos in the restaurant are papered with menus, some with handwritten messages of good luck so presumably leaving gifts from previous jobs.http://www.bubbledogs.co.uk/Bubbledogs (the clue is in the name) is a champagne bar that sells grower champagnes and, um, hot dogs. This would be the other reason that everyone is talking about it, and opinion is quite clearly divided on whether the unlikely pairing is a stroke of genius or a faddy bandwagon rip-off. Traditionally champagne has accompanied posh nosh: caviar, smoked salmon, and expensive bite-sized morsels from silver trays. Hot dogs, on the other hand, are usually a couple of quid from the cinema, football ground, or bought as a hangover cure from a roadside van at the weekend. (What? Is that just me?)So can you credibly pair champers with junk food? To settle this argument, fundamental to the concept of Bubbledogs, I call upon a wine heavyweight. Laura Maniec is the world's youngest Master Sommelier - the highest possible accreditation for wine professionals - and current queen of the New York wine scene. She has recently co-founded wine studio Corkbuzz and is a vocal advocate of drinking champagne with French fries, explaining that the bubbles cut through oil and salt. Hey, if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for me.Bubbledogs concentrates on artisanal grower champagnes, i.e. small champagne houses where farmers tend their own vines but lack the commercial clout of more famous Grande Marques. This venture simultaneously supports them and brings a wide range of excellent but less familiar fizz conveniently to Fitzrovia. Having briefly checked out the website before my visit I was a little disappointed to discover that only a very small selection are available by the glass at any one time - a fraction of the listings on the site under such tempting headings as 'Fresh Fruit Bowl' or 'A Lick of  Chalk and Stones'. I know they can't open them all, but . . . no matter; we tried the Gaston Chiquet's Selection Cuvée, the cheapest option at a pretty reasonable £6.50 a glass, and a fabulous Benoit Lahaye rosé at £11. More of an enthusiastic fan than any kind of expert, I thought they were both delicious and stood up well to the robust and spicy flavours of our dogs of choice.Leading nicely on to . . . the food menu. A tad more sophisticated than the 'd'ya want onions?' choice offered by hot dog van man, Bubbledogs dogs come in pork, beef or veggie versions and with a variety of toppings. The full list is available on their website but they all sound pretty good; we eventually plumped for a José, which comes with salsa, avocado, sour cream and jalapeños, and a Sloppy Joe, with chilli, onions and cheese.The waitress recommended that we opt for a beef sausage with both, which turned out to be a good choice. The sausages are not enormous (standard New York sized, think skinny frankfurters not the fat ones) but were meaty and full of flavour. Were they worth £7.50 each? We enjoyed them, but at the end of the day you're still eating a hot dog, albeit a nice one. Special mention, though, to the sides; excellent crunchy sweet potato fries, plus something I haven't had since living in the USA - Tater Tots (think small, cylindrical hash browns rather than soft mashed potato croquettes). Not bad at £3.50 each.As a purely culinary experience I'm not totally convinced, but as a whole package it's a really cool and buzzy place to go. Beautiful exposed brickwork, wooden floor, a Manhattan-style copper bar, the ubiquitous bare filament light bulbs and some cute commissioned artwork plus communal seating give Bubbledogs a fun and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for winding down after work. It's not cheap, but then I guess it's a champagne bar in Fitzrovia. Duh.Another place with a no-reservations policy (unless you're a party of six: worth organising, to be honest) you should either time your visit carefully or be prepared to wait. Actually, it's not that grim as the staff will take your mobile number and call you when a space becomes free. We pootled round the corner to Yumchaa and had a very nice Earl Grey while we waited for our call. Oh, and in case you're wondering what the '&' part of the name is - James Knappett is about to open Kitchen Table, a 19-seat dining area behind the curtain at the back of Bubbledogs where diners can watch and ask questions as he and his team prepare and cook the meal in front of them. Now THAT is exciting.Yours, chilled and bubbly,Girl About Town xx
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  13. Published : Monday, 3rd September 2012

    Caviar Girl :: Bubbledogs

    Bubbledogs has a warm atmosphere with exposed bricks and air-conditioning shafts much like  the vintage champagne cellars of the Champagne houses of Reims. High wooden tables and stools seating between 4-6 people and wooden picture frames with caricatures of the 'star' of the show.As the name suggests though, Bubbledogs is a Champagne bar first. This is also evidenced in the layout of the menu,  Champagne and cocktails are listed at the front. Bubbledogs supports the smaller growers and from my experience in the past, these Champagnes can be some of the best. So you might as well get a whole bottle, because as much as you 'just go for one' you will end up having three!More pics and more words>>Thanks for reading :)
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  14. 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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  15. 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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