Bubbagump Shrimp Co. @ The Curve
BUBBAGUMP SHRIMP CO. at THE CURVE
You know the story. You’ve seen the movie. How could you not? It grossed US$677 million worldwide during its run, making it the top grossing film in North America. It had 13 Academy Award nominations, of which it won 6. I’m talking about the amazing “Forrest Gump”. Now, we’re going to relive those moments and indulge in some good ol’ fashioned Southern cuisine!
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. first opened its restaurant doors in America 1996, being the first theme restaurant to be based on a film. The restaurant is named after the movie’s main characters Benjamin Bufford “Bubba” Blue and Forrest Gump who talked about going into shrimping business. Here in Malaysia, we’re fortunate enough to be blessed with two outlets, one in Sunway Pyramid and this maiden branch at The Curve.
Spread over two floors, the interior is designed entirely out of wood. Cozy booths and memorabilia from the movie Forrest Gump clutters every available inch of space on the walls.
Fancy some of it yourself and you can get Bubbagump glasses, T-shirts and lots more at the souvenir shop. The ‘licence plate’ signs that you can flick from a red one that says, “Stop, Forrest, Stop” and a blue one, which says “Run, Forrest, Run”.
Service staff are attentive to this and it’s a conversation piece and a fun way to liven up the meal. The table is set ready with a metal bucket, containing everything you would need to supplement your meal. Chilli sauce, ketchup, Tabasco, salt & pepper, the works. Oh, and a ping-pong bat dessert menu.
The menu mainly features shrimp, of course, and margaritas that are hand-shaken at your table. Terry (Red FM Drive) of course ordered the most feminine drink possible. The pink Pomegranate Margherita.
With certain cocktails and mocktails, for an extra charge you can take the glass home!
The Breakfast team, JD & Dilly and their Producer Yin, as well as Alvin (Photographer) were also with us as we embarked on our adventure to try Bubbagump’s new menu. First up, the Yin Yang Salad.
This was a very Asian inspired salad, and you can choose to have with chicken or prawns. Fresh Romaine lettuce leaves, sliced mango, crunchy peanuts, tossed in a tangy Asian Wasabi dressing and garnished with crispy wonton strips. It digressed a little from the Southern American/Cajun theme, but added a familiar hometown touch to the menu.
The Chicken Fingers arrived in a bucket with lined with Bubbagump’s newspaper, and it was great for sharing.
Chicken Tenders coated in a tasty batter, deepfried to a golden brown and served with French Fries, Onion Rings, Coleslaw and Chipotle Ranch for dippin’.
“There’s no meat in this?” cried Terry as our Mushroom Veggie Burger arrived.
“I don’t want to eat it!” he joked. Actually, both JD and Terry were dubious about the Mushroom Burger, but man, I dug in and thought it was superb. “It tastes like meat!” I exclaimed. Juicy mushrooms cooked with herbs and spices, minced, fashioned into a sizeable patty, pan fried and served wedged between fluffy white buns with melted Pepper Jack Cheese, red onions, avocado, spring mix and Remoulade Sauce. It’s a fantastic dish for vegetarians, or for those watching their cholesterol level.
The Crazy Cajun Chicken was a hit with us.
Grilled boneless chicken thighs, lightly dusted with Cajun spices, and served over seasonal veggies, with creamy mashed potatoes. It was crazy how good it tasted.
Here’s a little line from the movie, that I feel appropriate to introduce the next dish. “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried, there’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. Th-that’s about it.”
Yes, as well as all the many variations of shrimp of the menu, a brand new addition was Lt Dan’s Drunken Shrimp.
Large, plump chargrilled shrimp and spicy sausage standing to attention around a mountain of mashed potatoes, doused in a non-alcoholic Bourbon Sauce.
If you have trouble deciding what to order, why not get the best of both worlds and order Lt. Dan’s Barbecue Rib & Chicken Combo.
This was Terry’s favourite dish, mainly because of the manly way eating ribs made him feel. A generous portion of sticky, slow roasted Beef Back Ribs and a grilled Chicken Fillet in Barbecue Sauce, served with French Fries. What a combination. We licked the bones clean, and JD used them pretending to be Wolverine of X-Men.
Wrong movie JD! Another meaty must have is the Rib Eye Steak.
A tender 11 oz. Rib Eye Steak served with mashed potatoes, a giant crispy Onion Ring and seasonal veggies. The steak was cooked medium rare, and oozed juices and fleshy goodness. The pride of Bubbagump is the Prime Top Sirloin.
This dish is highly recommended because of the cut of the meat. A tender 11 oz. Prime Top Sirloin served with mashed potatoes, a crispy giant onion ring and seasonal veggies.
Mama Gump’s Grilled Lamb Rack was also a delight.
Cooked medium well, the succulent rack of lamb was well marinated, with a hint of sweetness, and a lovely caramelized coating. Very tasty.
It was in between our last main course and dessert that I celebrated my ‘25th’ birthday all over again. The staff at Bubbagump really create a raucous, banging pots and pans and chanting as they march out with a cake and props for the 2 minute stint.
I dragged Terry & up on the chairs with me, and we gave our most heartfelt speeches into our make believe mikes (chilli and ketchup bottles).
The clapping began, and so did the singing. “Shake your booty Aly, shake, shake your BOOTIE!” they sang in unison. Pretty soon the entire restaurant with singing along.
Their energy was infectious, and the song so catchy that it stuck in my head for the entire way home. What a memorable way to celebrate ones birthday. I highly recommend it!
Exhausted from that little burst of exhibitionism, Terry and I sat back down to a rich dessert called the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae.
Work your way past the whipped cream and vanilla ice-cream and you’ll unearth a large, gluey chip cookie at the base of the pan. Good enough to keep to yourself, but big enough to share! Bubbagump certainly offers something a little out of the ordinary. I think theme restaurants are always good for a laugh, especially with family and friends.
The staff at Bubbagump will certainly look after you (especially if it’s your birthday!) and the food… well, when Forest Gump said “Life is like a box of Chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get,” he didn’t have Bubbagump in mind.
At Bubbagump, you ALWAYS know what you’re gonna get. Great, hearty food with soul, and an experience that will keep you coming back for more.
*Thanks to Rozila, Ronnie & the staff at Bubbagump that made our evening so memorable.
*Special thanks to Alvin of Damien Photography for the beautiful photos. www.damienphotography.com
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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. The Curve,
Lot 145, 1st Floor,
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3 Mutiara Damansara,
47800, Petaling Jaya
Telephone No : 03-7710 9862/03-7710 9863