Restaurant Review: Bubbledogs
Move over, posh burgers – another summer BBQ favourite is getting a gourmet makeover, and we have Bubbledogs to thank for it. But that’s not the half of it, as Bubbledogs also specialises in serving one of the most daring food pairings in modern cuisine: champagne and hot dogs. And the results are fabulous.
Upon opening the door of this Charlotte Street establishment in the early evening hours, it’s hard not to feel the buzz that already permeates the dining room. Like a maestro dictating the rhythm to his orchestra, the luxurious copper bar near the entrance seems to give the dining room its beat – one champagne glass after another. Yet the mostly brick and wooden decor creates a casual feel; Bubbledogs is a place where you can perch on a high chair and peruse the champagne menu, but it’s also a place where each table is equipped with classic diner props like mustard and ketchup squeeze bottles.
While it typically takes up only a few lines at the end of the drinks menu in any regular restaurant, there are more pages dedicated to Grand Cru than to food at Bubbledogs. Don’t let this fool you, however, because hot dogs are the real star of the show here. Not only is the restaurant vegetarian-friendly (it offers pork, beef of vegetarian versions of each frankfurter), it also reinvents this American favourite, taking it above and beyond its classic form and flavour. The Naked Dog or New Yorker will certainly please purists, but there are plenty of quirky options for adventurous diners. From the Asian-fusion Trishna (mango chutney, spicy coriander and mint sauce) to the Mexico-inspired Jose (avocado, sour cream and jalapenos) or American twists such as the Mac Daddy (with mac and cheese), Bubbledogs takes diners on a world tour of flavours, and it simply is delicious. Regardless of your choice, the sweet potato fries are not to be missed as there is a high chance you will find yourself wanting to order another round.
But the best part about Bubbledogs is that it really is a fun place to hang out and continue having drinks even after the excitement of the first hot dog. The waiting staff are friendly and the atmosphere so cosy that it’s easy to get carried away chatting and sipping champagne and not notice time go by. Overall the “bubble and dog” combination not only works but delivers a magic touch that guarantees diners nothing but a fun and satisfying evening – highly recommended for daters and non-daters alike.