World Cup inspires new Bubbledogs hot dog menu


Hot dog and champagne destination Bubbledogs in London is introducing a limited-edition line-up of hot dogs to celebrate the World Cup.

Available from June 3 until the end of the football tournament in mid-July, the 10 new options at the Fitzrovia bar feature toppings representing a different competing countries.

Starting at £7, the menu includes Calçotada, representing Spain, which is made with spicy romesco sauce, charred grilled onions and spiced almonds, paying homage to the annual Catalan festival of the same name.

The Stavros offers a taste of Greece, with smoked aubergine puree, feta cheese, pickled red onions and chopped parsley salad.

Japan is represented by the Junya, named after Junya Yamasaki, head chef at London’s Koya restaurant and a friend of Bubbledogs’ owners, husband and wife team James Knappett and Sandia Chang. Its toppings include teriyaki stir-fried noodles, nori (seaweed) and toasted sesame seeds.

England has the Breakie Dog, which gives a British nod to the nation’s famous cooked breakfasts and includes crispy bacon, tomato relish, black pudding bits and a whole fried egg.

For France, the Jean-Pierre is topped with new potato slices, beer-pickled onions, melted raclette cheese and mini-cornichons.

The Germans can show their support with the Currywurst, a modern take on the traditional German Currywurst dish that includes Bubbledogs’ homemade curry ketchup.

Americans can celebrate Independence Day throughout the World Cup with the Fourth of July hot dog, which is made with smoky barbecue sauce, crispy bacon and homemade coleslaw.

Mexico is represented by Bubbledogs’ favourite, the José (pictured), using pickled jalapenos, salsa, avocado and sour cream, while Argentina’s hot dog is the Diego, topped with chimichurri mayonnaise and fried spiced cassava chips.

All of the hot dogs will be served with a traditional frankfurter sausage, in a choice of pork or beef, inside a steamed bun. Two further hot dog specials will be announced soon to complete the 10-strong list.

Sandia said: “James and I are huge fans of the World Cup and had lots of fun creating the flavour combinations for the limited-edition menu. There were so many great food options to represent each country, it was difficult to make a final decision, but a few glasses of champagne helped the process.

“We hope guests to Bubbledogs, both old and new, throughout the World Cup enjoy the special menu and may the best team… or hot dog, win!”

The World Cup limited-edition hot dogs menu will be served alongside a concise list of small-batch grower champagnes, available by the glass or bottle, selected by Sandia, who is Bubbledogs’ sommelier and general manager.

The small-batch menu continues at the bar, where guests can enjoy a classic G&T made with Bubbledogs’ own Chappett’s gin blend as well as a selection of London craft beers.

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