It was a Sunday and I was craving a good cookie in a skillet, so I took a few people up to the Peak to my favourite restaurant for that dish, or skillet shall I say? Known for their seafood, Bubba Gump’s menu serves up a menu almost exclusively dedicated to les fruits de mer with a few stray burgers and American staples here and there but I argue that the star of their menu is in their dessert.
We started off the afternoon with some mussels and clams ($170) and a smoothie – Run Forrest Run ($49). What I really wanted for a drink was the Coronarita but it was like 2 in the afternoon and I didn’t think that it would pair well with the rest of our food. Unfortunately the clam and mussels medley weren’t the best – a lot of them weren’t even cooked properly (they were still closed) and the garlic sauce was too weak. The french bread it came with was also not toasted at all, it was just a sad anemic loaf. Things picked up as the main courses started rolling in. We got the Forrest’s seafood feast, which is a seafood platter of Southern Fried Shrimp, Seafood Hush Pups and Fish & Chips ($198) and an extra order of the fish n’ chips ($136) because we thought that there wouldn’t be enough to go around. The fish was not the best: it tasted like frozen fish sticks with a mediocre batter. The chips that came with both dishes were pretty good but not as great as the Funky Chips we had at Jamie’s Italian or the truffle fries we had at The Grand Hyatt Steakhouse (sidenote: I may come up with a Best of list for fries in Hong Kong since that’s all I’ve been eating recently). The Southern fried shrimp took centrestage in the ‘feast’. Though the shrimps themselves were nothing remarkable, the breading was absolutely amazing and had a great crunch to it.
Lastly, the star of the afternoon – or week even. Dessert. What I’d been waiting for and craving all summer: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae ($78). Let me tell you, this was a cookie on steroids. It was a gorgeously moist, gooey cookie in a skillet (with crisp edges and a generous amount of chocolate chips), topped off by two heaping scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Simple (uncomplicated) flavours that just work so well together. The perfect end to a relaxing weekend. Bubba Gump. Shop 304-305, 3/F, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, The Peak. 2849 2867.