History and background:
Forest Gump fans and seafood lovers squealed of excitement when news broke out that the popular American chain Bubba Gump was coming to London. With seats for 400, spread across two floors, plus a memorabilia souvenir shop, it became an attractive and appealing place to go.
An extensive range of dishes from lobster linguine to the more traditional signature dishes, and motivational movie quotes taken from the 1994 film Forrest Gump, the opening of this restaurant in September 2014 was a very welcomed one.
This wasn’t a great meal. Don’t let the food photos fool you. With basically everything breaded or fried, I guess it really lives up to what people think ‘American’ food is. SImilar to KFC or McDonalds, where we would be exclaiming how good the food is once you’re eating it, but in reality the after effect leaves you pondering why you ever ordered them in the first place.
Well we all know how much I like mushrooms, this was actually pretty good, but I really recommend ordering something like this and then add a salad or something less greasy. Greenbow County Favourite, topped with Parmesan Cheese
There’s a bit of recycling going on here with the ingredients, but I’m not sure what. Very buttery also. This dish wasn’t that great, fish topped with very fattening sauce. Tender Lobster sauteed with Broccoli in Lobster Sauce, served over a bed of Linguine.
Noodle mixed with sauteed Shrimp, Cheddar, Montery Jack and Parmesan Cheese. Topped with golden brown Bread Crumbs. Good. But can you see where this is going? Not a surprise that we got very sick afterwards… the Bubba Gump Shrimp menu isn’t exactly the best when it comes to healthy options…
As timeout also insinuated, this is a rip off, most of it was raw cabbage with a layer of the so called signature dishes. Cheap fries too. Not impressed with it at all. The sauces tasted like they came from cheap, mass produce, no authenticity at all.
This is what Wendy got, it looks unimpressive. Not sure about the taste but considering the amount of fried food and starchy condiments we had, she probably didn’t even enjoy this. Looks like KFC doesn’t it? Well go for KFC. It’s cheaper, and tastier.
Freshly baked chocolate chip cookie served warm with vanilla ice cream, topped with chocolate and caramel sauce, peanuts and lots of whipped cream! This was unbelievably good, probably the best thing from here. I love warm cookies – can get a bit sickening with the caramel and the cream, I can’t take things that are too sweet!
The Best of the Best Sample dessert is probably the least impressive of the desserts. The warm cookie dough didn’t even taste anything like the actual warm cookie dough I had. The others… the sponge cake looking one was so hard, and probably came straight out of the fridge, not fresh.
Brownie and cookie dough is probably one of the desserts I’d come and eat again, and I’m not a big chocolate fan, but it was good! Less on the cream and it would be even more perfect.
Service: An attempt at the American style of serving doesn’t really work here in London, too enthusiastic and very overstaffed.
Bits and bobs:
- Try and vary what you order. Although I’m sure you would see a lot of the same ingredients in each dish
- If you like quotes, spend some time reading the ones up the stairs, some are very inspirational!