Bubba Gump Shrimp
Korakuen: Seafood
Bubba Gump Shrimp (Korakuen: Seafood)
Bubba Gump Shrimp
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

Yes, it's a theme restaurant located inside an amusement park, but don't let that put you off - the Southern-style shrimp dishes and baby-back ribs are tasty, the atmosphere is lively, and prices are quite reasonable. It may not be the most sophisticated dining experience that Tokyo has to offer, but it's a decent meal and a nice taste of American cuisine.

The Shrimper's Heaven platter is an efficient way to sample the restaurant's main specialty. Four varieties of grilled and fried shrimp are accompanied by three different dipping sauces, all of them quite delectable. "Dixie-style" ribs - the other specialty of the house - are tender, meaty and flavorful, served with an excellent tangy cole slaw in addition to well-executed fries.

Other main-dish options include Cajun chicken sandwiches, BBQ cheeseburgers, fish and chips, and shrimp scampi with linguine for an international touch. Portions are relatively large, so sharing two main dishes is probably sufficient for two people.

If you're in a holiday mood there are frilly drinks like Georgia Peach Iced Tea, Blue Hawaiian and pineapple margaritas, some of which come with their own souvenir glasses. If you're just here for a normal meal, California wines like Beringer White Zinfandel and Woodbridge Merlot start at around Y3,000 a bottle. Soft drinks come with free refills.

Tables in the dining room are well separated, so even when there's a full house it doesn't feel cramped. The restaurant is located in the LaQua complex in Tokyo Dome City, and illuminated water-jet fountains just outside the floor-to-ceiling windows add a festive touch. Service is courteous and professional. Budget around Y4,000-5,000 per person for ample food and drink at dinnertime.

Bunkyo-ku, Kasuga 1-1-1, Tokyo Dome LaQua 1F.

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Venue listing from Bento.com4 Star Rating: recommended