Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 11:25pm [Dine in]
My wife, 3 month old baby and myself went for dinner on a Friday night and had a fantastic dining experience. This place is a must for anyone who likes great food, great service and value for their money!!
Other places have tried and failed in this location but Tropic Island is doing everything right. I started with a Mango "Milkshake" and was immediately impressed. Very fresh, icy and huge I believe they could open a stand downtown and just serve these drinks and they would be busy all day long.
My wife and I ordered the "menu for two" as we were not certain what to order. We started out with fresh, hot spring rolls served with a variety of pickled carrots, cucumber and daikon. Beautifully wrapped and very nice
Then we were presented with a green chicken curry, garlic mixed veggies, steamed rice and tropical beef. The curry was fine and the veggies were hot, fresh and seasoned beautifully. The highlight of the night was the Tropical Beef. Tender pieces of beef fried crispy and served with a wonderful garlicy, spicy sauce. I will return again and again for this dish.
Dinner was finished with a small serving of mango pudding with cream. The pudding was alright and the cream was artificial. Fresh cream would have helped.
The dinner for 2 was $26.95 and we left feeling completely satisfied.
There are so many other fresh, interesting items on their menu that we will return soon.
Bottom line: If you are fed up with the same old - same old Asian food you must try Tropical Restaurant. Fresh food; friendly attentive service and great value. Don't let this one go because you are too busy wasting your money and life dining at fast food establishments.
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Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 11:53pm [Dine in]
I spent my childhood in Edmonton listening to the Japanese Village jingle on the Radio but I never went. Even still the jingle is still in my head as I enter the Japanese Village in Victoria. I am there for my friends Birthday and we are a party of 13. About half our group arrives at 8:00 for our reservation and our whole group is seated by 8:20 pm. We sat until 8:45 until the chef made his appearance. By this time I was so hungry anything would taste good. Or so I thought.
I ordered the 8 oz. New York Steak. It started with a bowl of, what appeared to be anyway, Miso soup. Nothing about the soup was Miso, or even vaguely Japanese. It was chicken broth plain and simple.
Next we had a tossed salad with a nice asian sesame dressing. In retrospect this was the best thing i ate that night. Sad.
The chef appeared and began his "show" He was funny and entertaining but I was left wanting more. We were there for a good time and kept asking him questions but he did his thing and stopped talking.
Next we each had 1.5 small shrimp. The were a nice touch but certainly shouldn't be considered a course. more of an "Amuse Buche"
The main course was disappointing beyond words. A fatty strip steak, unseasoned and fried on a flat top. Served with a bowl of rice, mushrooms and veggies. All of it was average or below.
The only redeeming thing is the sauce that the serve with the food. Good sauce should not be used to cover poor food. Bottom Line.
"Dessert" was the smallest scoop of vanilla ice cream I have ever seen.
My advice is that if you want dinner and a show, go out for a real Japanese Dinner and a movie. This crap might have passed 25 years ago when most of Canada didn't know good Japanese food. It doesn't pass now
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Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 12:30am [Dine in]
There are good Thai restaurants in Victoria but this is not one of them. The best thing about the food is that it is made fresh and served piping hot. Sadly it is not great value for the money ($10.50 for a curry and rice, $8.50 for 4 thin satay...), served on paper plates that quickly get soft and our Panang and Green Chicken curries were very light on chicken.
I also asked for a glass of tap water only to be informed that the only had bottles of water for sale. This is bad for the earth and bad for business.
Bottom Line - you can find much better Thai not far up the street,
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Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 12:21am [Dine in]
The Roost is a fantastic bakery and very average place to have breakfast. The food is average and they do nothing at all to stand out. Here are 3 things that could have drastically improved my experience.
#1 My sausage and eggs was tiny. 2 sausage, about 1 cup of hasbrowns, 2 scrambled eggs and 1...that's right...1 piece of toast. For such a great bakery to only give one piece of toast is criminal. Nothing on my plate was bad but nothing was good either.
#2 My breakfast was $7.95!! This is fine if you are the Blue Fox and you are wowing your guests (Actually the same thing at the Fox is $6.95) but this is no Blue Fox. I would be embarrassed to charge so much for so little.
#3 When I went to get a refill on my coffee I was informed that "The first refill is on the house". So let me get this straight, your going to overcharge me for an average breakfast, overcharge me for my coffee, (coffee was fine by the way) which I have to refill my self and then only let me have 2?? Embarrassing
Bottom line - great bakery...mediocre breakfast.
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