“Shrimp is the fruit of the sea… you can barbeque it, boil it, broil it, bake it, stuff it, and there’s pan fried shrimp, deep fried shrimp, stir-fried shrimp, shrimp kebabs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi, shrimp etouffe, shrimp quiche, shrimp gazpacho, beer-battered shrimp… the list is endless!”
Yep, just like Forrest Gump says in the box office hit, “there ain’t nothing you can’t do with shrimp.” Ok, for me, it’s a prawn, being an Aussie girl and all! But semantics aside… if you’ve got a penchant for a good prawn/shrimp, you simply cannot go wrong at Bubba Gump Shrimp at The Peak.
The only casual restaurant chain to be based on a movie, nestled high up in the Peak Tower, this joint is literally ‘shrimp heaven.’ And naturally, in a place that boasts shrimp as its specialty, you’d want them to taste good and I can confidently say, they do. I’m not as convinced on the satisfaction-factor of the other dishes… but I say if you’re going to to Bubba Gump Shrimp, your best bet is to order, you guessed it – the shrimp!
The exception to that though would be the desserts (sans shrimp, of course) which are delectably to die for. A must-try is the Mud Pie, but take my advice, please and do not go it alone, it’s the size of a small cake! The Lime Key pie is another one that’ll have you licking the plate clean.
Big Thumbs up for… The Kids Menu where you choose from a selection that flaunts every child’s dream from hotdogs to burgers, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips and more. Ava’s fish and chips were served in a cute little newspaper boat! Of course everything comes with fries so you won’t need to ask junior twice to finish what’s on his plate before the build-your-own ice-cream arrives.
We also love… The Drinks! The drink choices are definitely eye-catchers… for both children and adults! Ava was most impressed with her pink fizzy drink that came in a glass with flashing rainbow coloured lights. She even got to keep the glass. A nice touch. And parents, you’ll be impressed with the cocktail menu. Order a hand-shaken Margarita or why not try the Sangria. Cocktails aside, this is definitely a family-friendly atmosphere!
Décor Deets… You’ll find the charm and all-American spirit reminiscent of the movie setting in down-town Alabama. Indeed, ladies and gents, Forrest Gump is alive and well! With movie paraphernalia lining the walls there’s plenty to keep the little kiddos (and teens) occupied. Balloons, crayons and stickers are handed out too for the littlies.
High Chairs? Yup, high chairs are available and the there’s a basic change table in the female toilets.
And then there’s that view… Outside, the view is sensational! You really can’t ask for much better view of Hong Kong! You’ll be looking over Hong Kong Island and across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon.
Stroller Access? Yes and no. If you’re taking a stroller, unfortunately there’s no lift up to the 3rd floor, so if like me, you’re not confident with a stroller on the escalator, best to leave it at home… or have an extra pair of hands to help out or just ask the friendly staff for a hand.
Keep in Mind… With bellies sufficiently full, we walked to the local taxi stand to get a cab home… but at peak hour and on the Peak we ended up with an HOUR long wait… not so great with a toddler and two babies.
But like they say in the movie, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get!”
Nicole was a newsreader and journalist with Sky News Australia for a decade, and has now swapped the news desk and microphone for a change table and nappy bag! Mum to baby Ava, Nicole is now enjoying casual work as a journalist, presenter, master of ceremonies and media trainer. Check out her blog http://mintmochamusings.com/. She can be reached at [email protected].