Imagine being the person who opens the press releases and decides whether they are worth passing on. There in the stack of burger places (how many more ways are there to present minced meat between two buns?) is a hot dog and champagne bar. “Oh, that’s new.” I would think and pass it on.
Hot dogs were my favourite food as a child. (Do you remember that? Besides knowing your name, age and where you are from. Your other vital statistics on the playground were favourite colour, food and animal.)Not that I ever got to eat them because until the age of five I was either in Kuwait or Bucharest. On the few occasions that we would go to the US my father would have to ask in every McDonalds if they had hot dogs. Later on when we moved to Athens, we could buy sausages that were too red in hue and put them into crusty bread with non-Heinz ketchup and there was obviously no relish to be found. It was the poor kids hot dog. I would wait until International day at school and then get 3 hot dogs and a Welche’s grape soda. Those American kids had it good.
I still like sausages. I’ve even eaten them from the street in New York from those stands that allegedly don’t change the water (but that adds to the flavour right). Then I found Gray’s Papaya and the itch no longer had to be scratched.
At Bubbledogs the hot dogs are beef, pork or vegetarian and are made to a house recipe. There are 13 to choose from. Like the K-Dwag topped with kimchi, fermented red bean paste and lettuce. To go with your gourmet hot dog…champagne, what else?It’s an odd pairing. Is the champagne there to justify the price tag of the hot dogs (Naked Dog is £6) or is this a champagne bar that serves hot dogs in case you get peckish? (There are 3 sides, coleslaw, sweet potato fries and tots £3.50). Not that I didn’t think the hot dogs were good – I wolfed down my New Yorker (beef dog with grilled sauerkraut) and not just because I hadn’t fed enough money into the meter. The dog was savoury and juicy and the sauerkraut better than any I’ve had in Berlin (including the one from the famous Rogacki).
It get’s more interesting, from the 2nd of October the Kitchen Table will open. 19 guests can sit around an open kitchen at the back and try Knappett’s (of Marcus Wareing) contemporary food. Now that is something I would like to try.
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London W1T 4QG
T. 0207 637 7770