Not since Lord Archer famously paired shepherd’s pie and Champagne at his noted Christmas parties has there been such an unlikely food and fizz pairing as will be offered at a new London restaurant this summer.
Husband and wife team James Knappett and Sandia Chang (pictured) is set open Bubbledogs this July at 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia. Knappett will be head chef while Chang will be general manager.
Bubbledogs will serve grower Champagne, sparkling wine and hot dogs. The final wine menu has not been settled yet but will include English Sparkling Wine. Already one English vineyard is following the London restaurant.
“We are very excited to be opening our first restaurant together on Charlotte Street, and to be introducing something a little different,” say Knappett and Chang.
Grownup hot dogs
Bubbledogs will offer a menu of ten hot dogs served on traditional steamed buns, including the BLT dog, wrapped in bacon and served with truffle mayo and caramelized lettuce; the Jose dog with guacamole, sour cream, salsa and jalapenos, and a regularly changing guest chef’s special. Prices will start at £6. A short menu of sides, including Tater Tots, will add a further taste of classic Americana.
Bubbledogs will offer a concise list exclusively of grower Champagne and sparkling wines available by the glass and the bottle. Chang will be introducing lesser-known producers and regions to her list, with prices starting at £6/glass and £26/bottle. A changing list of five cocktails will feature updated versions of classics, priced from £9, such as the Old-Fashioned made with bacon-infused bourbon and maple syrup, and a gin and tonic mixed with homemade tonic. A selection of American and British craft beers will also be available by the bottle.