I was looking for somewhere special in celebration of a birthday of someone special to me. Among all the qualities, the atmosphere was the most important aspect I was searching for. After a thorough search at Openrice
, I finally came up with Bubba Gump
- perfect location (at the peak!) and special celebration provided (birthday song!) - that's it, I'm going for this one
I called in to reserve a table a week in advance, hoping to get a table by the window-side for the gorgeous view of HongKong. Though the lady on the phone said it would be possible, it was largely disappointed knowing that when I arrived punctually, we were given the sofa seats which were not
by the window-side!
Argh, not a good start for a birthday celebration since the reason I came all the way to the peak was to enjoy the view of the peak and the efforts I made for calling in a week earlier! Bad first impression.
So I read from rest of the reviews that one of the gimmicks of Bubba Gump is that instead of calling for the waiters, you get to flip the board to indicate your preferrence, and the phrases are in reference to the famous movie lines from the Gump movie? (Not that I have watched it yet) However, we did not find the board useful at all. Even though we flipped it quite a few times, the waiters seemed not to notice it as they walked pass our table.. I guess it's only
a gimmick afterall..
I did my homework before I brought the special someone here. I ordered the most famous dishes recommended by the fellow community.
Traditional Shrimp Cocktail
The first to arrive was Traditional Shrimp Cocktail
. The portion was just right for 2 people. The shrimps were icy cold and served with BG cocktail sauce. The sauce was great! I love dipping shrimps with BG cocktail sauce. However! A big complaint must be said was that the big shrimps were not that clean afterall!
The black marks as indications of unclean!
Look at the black dots indicated at the shrimps! According to the special someone, the black dots indicated the uncleanness to the shrimps. Probably an unthorough wash or the shrimps themselves are not clean initially. It was a misfortune that the special someone found this one and got a bit disturbed by it - something that I would never hope the birthday one to voice it out.
I would not recommend you to order this dish if you get the chance to come here.
Enough complaints, now to the recommended!
The most popular ordered dish here must be Cajun Shrimp
! And OHHH YESSS the dish was super tasty! The sauces that were used to marinate and deep fried the shrimps were extremly intriguing and wild in flavour that could leave the everlasting enjoyment in your tongue! So delicious that was "finger-lickin good"!
Fantastic Mama Gump's garlic bread basket!!
Yet! However much we loved the Cajun Shrimp, our favourite dish of the night was the Mama Gump's Garlic Bread Basket
instead. I must say, the garlic bread was so good that it perhaps was the best I ever had so far in my existing memory! The garlic bread was freshly taken out from the oven, pipping hot when served. The garlic sauce was heaviy spreaded on the bread. I totally love the garlic smell.
Perhaps that explained why we ordered an extra dish of garlic bread on top of the Cajun Shrimp's.
The portions were rather small at Bubba Gump. So you might find yourself not having enough after two dishes, it would be a good idea to order a plate of pasta. In our case, we ordered a Shrimp Rigatoni
- "tender sauteed Shrimp, Rigatoni, and fresh Spinach are tossed in a creamy Sundried Tomato Pesto Cream Sauce, and topped with fresh Parmesan Cheese". Quite wonderful indeed. Though I will much, much prefer it to increase its portion and minimised its cheesy-ness.
Lt. Dan's Punch and Louisiana Lemonade
Having eaten all of the "taste-heavy" dishes, it was a must to order some drinks. And alcohols were needed for birthdays! We ordered a Lt. Dan's Punch and a Louisiana Lemonade
, and funny enough, the portion for drinks were HUGE here! A king-sized cup for each of them. If you aren't a good drinker or you just feeling slightly thirsty, I will definitely not recommend you to order one single size for yourself.
"You Have To Share" Chocolate Cake
And finally, finally, as the meal reached to the end, it was time for the birthday cake! I made sure I arranged the birthday cake from the moment I booked the table, to the moment I arrived on-site. I thought I had made careful calculation to every aspect, but who knew that the restaurant mispelled the name! Oh gosh what a careless mistake!
Anyhow, the special birthday celebration arrangement that Bubba Gump had was that as the cake was served, a group of the waiters and waitresses would come by your table and sing the birthday song out loud! Not that every waiter or waitress seemed enthusiastic, but at least a few of them were especially energetic which was nice to see. The "You Have To Share" Chocolate Cake
was huge for 2 to eat, but very delicious and sweet! We couldn't finish it and packed the cake for takeaway, and I guessed the slogan of the cake was right indeed. Haha.
I wouldn't say that Bubba Gump was perfect for a birthday celebration venue, but it was worth of a try.
Yet, I must say the portions were rather small, and they cost more than deserved. The services were only average - carelessness were often spotted. But for the sake of a birthday celebration, I will just put these things aside. But no more next time!
If you're planning to come here for birthday celebration, make sure that you book the table in advance and specially ASK for your preferred table, say the peak view, and make sure they WILL provide you one. Also, make sure they don't spell the birthday boy/girl's name wrong!
Cajun Shrimp,Mama Gump's Garlic Bread Basket,"You Have To Share" Chocolate Cake
Date of Visit: Feb 05, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD346(Dinner)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 2