Thursday, 29 August 2013

Vinspiring Venues: Bubbledogs

I first heard of Bubbledogs at the start of the year, and instantly knew it would be a huge hit. A brainchild of James Knappett & Sandia Chang, it is a quirky little restaurant that simply sells a range of gourmet hot dogs and grower champagne. I know, right? Amazing.

'But Matthew, what if I don't like gorgeous looking hot dogs and quality champagne?' Thought you might ask that! Well, don't go to Bubbledogs..... Go to their intimate adjoining restaurant The Kitchen Table next door, which has a wider ranged menu AND the chefs cook right before your eyes, Tepanyaki style! Right, now that you're sorted, can I continue with my appraisal of Bubbledogs? I can? Cheers.

So, before I was rudely interrupted I had just mentioned their range of gourmet hot dogs. From the simple to the sublime, Bubbledogs make sure that quality and taste is at its peak. Prices range from £6.50 to £8 and with this you can get classics such as The Naked Dog, or The New Yorker with sauerkraut, to slightly more inspired creations like the Ploughman's Dog or even the Horny Dog! Entertaining food and fantastic prices. 

Yes, the food is odd and fun, but lets get down to business shall we? Bubbles! Bubbledogs only sell Grower Champagne from smaller producers which, although providing you with a fantastic range of treats, does come with a few problems.

Despite the list being mouthwateringly long, varied and - arguably - one of the best in London, the prices will leave you watering from the eyes, not the mouth. By the bottle, you're looking at £32 for their most basic, and the 'by the glass' list is, understandably, limited.

However, prices aside, the Bubbledog team have clearly gone to great lengths to source these wines and find those that will go with their style of food. It would be nice however to see something as reasonably priced as their dogs on the list. Even if this meant breaking the trend of independent grower's Champers and bringing in something a bit more 'commercial', albeit still good quality.

All in all, I think Bubbledogs is a brilliantly fun and inventive idea that simply aims to have fun with food and drink, supply top quality produce and put a smile on people's faces. And that can't be bad, can it?

What do you think of Bubbledogs? Let us know in the comments!

Hotdog photo taken from Matthew Hine's photostream under the Creative Commons License.


  1. I think this is perhaps the greatest business idea in the history of the world.
    Hotdogs? Gooood
    Champagne? Goooooooooood!

  2. Posts like this make me think more and more about the Vinspire Christmas party...