Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, London, 11/17/15

Exterior
Exterior

Bubbledogs is the front restaurant, serving hot dogs and champagne, that allows James Knappett and his wife to also offer the Kitchen Table, which is behind the main restaurant. They offer 2 seatings for a total of 20 people, with the earlier grouping starting desserts as we started savories. The menu is a tasting menu only but offers an optional 3 extra courses for 45 Pounds. They are well worth it and if anything were among my favorites for the night. They offer wine pairings which looked like nice pours with top-offs if needed but we selected our own wines.

The chef actually participates in the cooking which is in the kitchen in front of the patrons seated at a half-rectangle bar counter. Many of their produce come from their own farm in Northumbria. The staff were very friendly and helpful and as people warmed up there was some conversation between adjacent parties.

Bubbledogs main room
Bubbledogs main room
kitchen and seating bar
kitchen and seating bar
kitchen and seating bar
kitchen and seating bar
menu on the wall, (optional supplemental courses)
menu on the wall, (optional supplemental courses)
Oyster with cucumber
Oyster with cucumber was very good
champagne
champagne
puffed potato with salmon
puffed potato with salmon was great!
chicken skin with marscapone cheese and bacon jam
chicken skin with marscapone cheese and bacon jam – a decadent delight!
Pig fat butter with honey and bee pollen surrounded by cep powder
Pig fat butter with honey and bee pollen surrounded by cep powder
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Cornwall mackerel wrapped in a pickled turnip slice from their garden with herbs was mild but nice
Smoked then grilled scallop on artichoke purée with apple and wild apple juice
Smoked then grilled scallop on artichoke purée with apple and wild apple juice
close up
close up.  Really nice with scallop barely cooked and with a hint of smokiness. The crisp apples were a nice strong flavor.
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pumpkin from their garden on unrefined polenta with porcini mushrooms and thin sliced chestnuts and parmesan sauce, topped with Alba truffles. It absolutely burst with flavors. The polenta added a nice bit of texture to the creamy sauce along with the bite of the chestnuts.
Pigeon and duck sausage with homemade sourkraut, black truffles and greens.
Pigeon and duck sausage with homemade sourkraut, black truffles and greens. Individually the ingredients were dull but mixed together it came alive, but overall a weaker course.
wine
wine
Lamb with watercress, mint sauce, cream fraiche, and carrots
Lamb with watercress, mint sauce, cream fraiche, and carrots
Frankie checked out the counter
Frankie checked out the counter
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pressed ricotta with fermented cep crackers with onions from the garden and grapes was delicious
Chef and owner James Knappett
Chef and owner James Knappett
Sandia, chef's wife and restaurant manager
Sandia, chef’s wife and restaurant manager
cep mushrooms with brown butter ice cream
cep mushrooms with brown butter ice cream
English pear with whipped cream and sorrel granita
English pear with whipped cream and sorrel granita- not too sweet but satisfying. Sorrel makes an interesting granita.
Frankie wanted the cream
Frankie wanted the cream
Armagnac soaked prune with armaretto biscuit and cream
Armagnac soaked prune with armaretto biscuit and cream – Yummy!
Parsnip cake with licorice and vanilla ice cream
Parsnip cake with licorice and vanilla ice cream – Amazing!
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Caramel ice cream on a cookie, coated with chocolate and topped with a roasted hazelnut
Inside
Inside
Salted vanilla fudge
Salted vanilla fudge- smooth, rich and excellent!
the bathroom wallpaper is made of reprints of menus
the bathroom wallpaper is made of reprints of menus
Digestive box comes around towards the end of desserts
Digestive box comes around after dessert
Fennel pollen vodka
Fennel pollen vodka -my choice
it's hard to accomodate all diner's requests
it’s hard to accomodate all diner’s requests

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