This is the fifth post in the overseas trip series to Iceland and London.
Of all the restaurant names I’ve seen in London, Bubbledogs is probably one of the cutest. It’s a play on the two main items that the restaurant is known for serving – hot dogs and champagne.
It’s a catchy name and the combination of having hot dogs with champagne is definitely a novel idea. After having read about it, I was really keen to try this place and it turned out to be located really near L’s apartment, which was perfect.
The place does not allow reservations, so the trick is to come when it opens to grab a table. We came thirty minutes after opening and it was already full. However, the restaurant has a reservation system that allows that to message you when a table is available. The restaurant also seems pretty accommodating with young children which was nice since L brought her two young kids along.
We started with some bubbles. I’m not the biggest bubbles fan, but was willing to give it a go. The restaurant offers 5 types of champagne by the glass. Since there were 3 of us, we tried a different champagne each.
Gaston Chiquet, Selection Cuvee, Brut (60% Pinot Merunier, 15% Pinor Noir, 25% Chardonnay) – This champagne had a fruity tone to it, which is the partly the reason why I chose it
Vilmart & Cie, Grande Reserve, 1er Cru, Brut (70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay) – More towards the dry side
Collin-Guillaume, Rose, Brut (40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir)
Now on to the food. The menu has about 16 different types of hotdogs to offer, excluding any kind of specials. I was really keen on trying the “Guest Chef Dog” created by Thomas Keller but unfortunately I was told that they had run out during lunch hour (already!).
We tried the following combinations:
Buffalo – spicy buffalo sauce, blue cheese & celery
Sloppy Joe – beef chilli, cheddar cheese and chopped onions
Reuben – grilled sauerkraut, russian dressing, melted swiss cheese
Philly Cheez – sauteed onions, mushrooms, peppers, cheese sauce
On top of choosing the hot dog topping, you also get to choose the type of sausage (hot dog), be it beef or pork etc. We went for the pork sausage for all servings, which also came recommended by the server.
I thought that the hotdogs were all really tasty and it was just fun to try the different combinations that were on the menu. We all had our favourites around the table (bubbles included), though my personal favourite was the reuben as I’m a big sauerkraut fan.
I also really liked the atmosphere of the restaurant, it felt like a fun and cozy place to hang out with friends or even have a date night. The servers were all really friendly and accommodating, which was a plus for us.
Add: 70 Charlotte St, London