One of Hong Kong’s biggest tourist attractions is Victoria Peak (太平山) or simply The Peak (山頂) which is home to some of the country’s priciest properties and a stunning panorama.
You can get there by bus, mini-bus, or taxi but the most popular way is by tram on a funicular railway that was first built in 1888.
The tram is oddly worth the ride. Before the funicular track was built, colonial residents were carried up the steep hill in sedan chairs. It’s pretty amazing to consider when the steepest part of the tram’s route is 27 degrees to the horizontal.
Other than the view at The Peak, there’s hiking — and shopping. The two mall complexes at the top are pure tourist traps, and we unabashedly fell for it at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. hook, line and sinker.
The whole restaurant/bar is a tribute to Forrest Gump, the 1994 blockbuster movie; rooms are decorated according to the different eras and chapters of the film; photos from the actual movie are framed on the walls.
We had never heard of the American chain before and for a while, I was convinced it was a brazen copyright infringement that’s so popular in this part of the world. Turns out this brainchild of Paramount Pictures has 30-some locations in the U.S., Mexico and Asia, as well as the dubious distinction of “the first and only casual restaurant chain based on a motion picture.”
Bubba Gump is all about gimmick. If we needed service, the waiter instructed us to flip the “Run Forrest Run” licence plates on our table from blue to red. Once they had tended to us, they would flip it back.
To be honest, we decided to stop in here because I was badly craving a beer. And for some reason, the cheezy pictures of their American appetizers were calling to our overstimulated brains.
We shared the America Seafood Sampler (HK$155) that came in a cardboard fishing boat named Jenny.
There was chilled shrimp, fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, popcorn shrimp… Yeah, remember this?
For what it was, it was pretty good.
Jason washed it down with a their signature margarita Delta Sunset (HK$70) — raspberry liqueur, Cointreau, Cuervo Gold, and freshly squeezed lime juice — mixed in an acrylic Bubba Gump shaker that you could take home (for an extra fee) no less.
And I got my beer — Heinkeken, because the only other choices were Carlsberg and Tsing Tao.
Ah, tourists. All we were missing were matching visors and fanny packs.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, Level 3, phone 852-2849-2867. Click for menu in PDF.
The Peak Tram runs every day, including Sundays and public holidays, between 7 a.m. and midnight. Tram departs every 10 to 15 minutes.