If you have seen the 1994 movie, Forrest Gump (one of my favorite movies of all time), you would probably remember when Forrest and Bubba talked about opening their own restaurant. And ultimately, in the movie, Forrest pursued the idea of opening a shrimp restaurant after Bubba’s death in the Vietnam war. This restaurant is named after the iconic Forrest Gump movie characters, Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue and Forrest Gump. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. & Restaurant, established in California in 1996, remains the first and only theme restaurant chain based on a motion picture.
This family friendly restaurant has now over 30 locations worldwide including Hong Kong's Peak Tower. The Hong Kong branch is located at Shop 304 & 305, Level 3, The Peak Tower - which offers the most spectacular and breath-taking view of the entire Victoria harbor.
While enjoying the view, Hubby and I started our feast with glasses of Pomegranate Margarita (HK$88 – 22oz) along with Mama Gump’s Garlic Bread Basket (HK$38). The cocktail is a combination of the best Cuervo Gold Tequila, pomegranate syrup and cointreau - one of the best margaritas I've ever tasted. As for the garlic bread, which is free, it tastes amazing.
This restaurant prides itself on being the place to go for fantastic shrimp, and I have no doubt about that. Run Across America Sampler (HK$160) is surely a must-order - satisfying shrimp feast – combination of Chilled Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, spicy Chicken Strips, Hush Pups and Popcorn Shrimp. I must agree with what Bubba said, “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, and bake it, sauté it, and goes on and on and on…” Though it’s a bit pricey, it was worth it.
Daniel and I both ordered Steak and Shrimp Combo (HK$258). It’s a combination of tasty grilled USDA New York Strip Loin and skewered Shrimp served with mashed potatoes. Yum…yum…yummy! This is my favorite by the way.
As for our dessert, we chose to order Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae (HK$72). It’s a warm, fresh baked chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream (our favorite), caramel, chocolate, peanuts and whipped cream. The name itself is already too inviting.
Food was great, service was excellent, and prices were a bit steep but worth it. And I love that it really follows on Forrest Gump's life, philosophy and love of shrimp. You’ll see a lot of memorabilia and photos from the movie, along with reproductions of script pages, storyboards and costumes.
Hubby and I had a delightful experience.
Location and Contact Information:
Shop 304 & 305, Level 3, The Peak Tower,
128 Peak Road, Hong Kong, China