Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Second Degree, West Edmonton Mall – overlooking Santa Maria, beneath Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre complicated
780-244-4867
Bubbagump.com

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week, Fri. and Sat. to 11 p.m.

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Meals:  four of 5 Suns
Atmosphere: four of 5 Suns
Service: four of 5 Suns

Dinner for 2 with out tip or drinks: Fundamental, $40; loaded $70

By GRAHAM HICKS

Stating the apparent … however in the event you don’t like shrimp, don’t go to Bubba Gump’s!

Truly, that’s not true.

Whereas 20 shrimp variations are on the menu, additionally for the consuming are hen wings, chowder, salads, fish and hen sandwiches, burgers, ribs, steak, crab legs and a good collection of different fish dishes – fish ‘n’ chips, mahi-mahi, salmon, flounder and tilapia.

The brand new restaurant in West Edmonton Mall’s Degree 2 – overlooking the Santa Maria, instantly beneath the Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre complicated – is a research within the American genius for chain eating places.

There are 42 present Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. eating places, largely within the USA, but in addition in tourism-based locations the world over.  This one, by the way, is the primary in Canada.

I’m certain this Bubba Gump outlet could be very shut in décor, model and menu to the others – superbly thought out right down to the final element, blissful, cheerful … with heaps and plenty of excellent, largely deep-fried shrimp.

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The back-story originates within the 1994 launch of Tom Hanks’ runaway profitable film, the quirky, lovable Forrest Gump.

Some good advertising individual at Paramount Photos noticed the potential for a restaurant idea, based mostly on scenes from the movie the place Vietnam veteran Forrest Gump lucks out within the shrimp fishing enterprise – utilizing the earnings to assist the household of his killed-in-action pal Bubba, and to offer his disabled former platoon chief a job.

Paramount put out a hospitality proposal, for a restaurant firm to open a series of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. eating places.

Landry’s – one of many USA’s prime hospitality teams with some 50 restaurant chains (none acquainted to Canadians), casinos, lodges and many others., received the bid. The primary Bubba Gump opened two years after the film.  Landry’s has been increasing the model ever since.

In its press releases, the Bubba Gump chain claims to be the primary restaurant theme based mostly on a film. Be that as it might, utilizing the Forrest Gump theme is good advertising.

Everyone has a minimum of heard of, and doubtless watched (a number of instances) the unique film.

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The tone of the movie is echoed within the restaurant décor, with a number of TV screens displaying Forrest Gump – or scenes from it – in any respect hours.  Inside jokes abound, within the menu names, particularly within the “Go Forrest Go” and “Cease Forrest Cease” references. The restaurant manages, even inside  the confines of an indoor mall, to really feel just a bit bit ocean-side – although mall air is not any substitute for an ocean breeze. An amusing Forrest Gump merchandising store is simply off the doorway.


The ping-pong paddle drinks menu is a cute Forrest Gump reference.

It’s not going to be connoisseur – that’s hardly anticipated – however the meals, each shrimp and in any other case, is surprisingly good.

We went with the calamari as an appetizer, the “Unintended Fish”  (a flounder filet) and an order of “Dumb Luck” Coconut Shrimp, as a result of who doesn’t like coconut shrimp?

All gave respectable worth, each in amount and high quality.  The calamari arrived in a cone, deep-fried in fact however with an attention-grabbing rough-textured breading. Combined in had been deep-fried shrimp bits, a contact of jalapeno, and two dipping sauces, one mildly spicy, the opposite a delicate aioli. Of  course the appetizer rapidly disappeared.

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Fascinating, rough-textured breaded calamari with shrimp bits.

Likewise, the order of coconut shrimp ($23), a beneficiant serving of plump, coconut-flavoured deep-fried shrimp made to look larger with a lot of fries. As any prepare dinner is aware of, combine crunch, candy coconut and moist delicate shrimp; the common addictive urge for food will all the time eat excess of what’s good for us. However, geez, it was finger-lickin’ good.

I used to be impressed by the Unintended Fish + Shrimp ($24), to start with for that includes flounder, which is an uncommon fish to seek out in eating places.

Whereas the filet had not been marinated in its lemon-butter sauce, it was not deep-fried, was not over-cooked, had respectable texture and distinctive flavour. The enticing presentation got here on a young mattress of jasmine rice with chunks of flavour-complimentary contemporary tomato.


Bubba Gump’s very tasty and correctly cooked filet of flounder.

All in all, a really well-thought out, enjoyable eating expertise, with one thing for everyone, good worth and repair – an enormous lower above the bare-bones fast-food expertise of most American chains. For whose who fear about operating out of dialog mid-way by a meal, the Forrest Gump theme offers lots to speak about.

Be warned, there’s no reservation system and through peak hours your get together could have to attend 10 to 30 minutes.

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