Located in Aberdeen Centre, this Tropika location offers a variety of Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian food.
Having had decent to excellent Thai-Malaysian style food a place like Tropika can be counted on for consistency.
I really like the open, airy yet casual environment and the foliage inside doesn't feel misplaced at all. It's always busy when I've gone and you can smell the aromas blanket across the room.
The colourful menu makes deciding on only a few dishes very difficult. Still we usually end up with the Kababs, the incredible Naan, Pad Thai, Green Beans with Shrimp, Lamb Curry, Fried Rice and Tilapia. Good flavours all round and mimics the taste of each previous meal. Great dishes to go for if you're not sure what to order. The Green Beans are too oily for my liking but that's about where the negatives end. The Lamb Curry and Naan Bread are always the highlight. I suggest 2 orders of Naan for 2 people.
Service is dependable but the kitchen can get backed up during the busy dinner hours. Servers don't say much but do what is needed.
This is my preferred location based on the consistency of their food and service. Probably the best chain-franchise alternative.
Food: all of the dishes we ordered were quite tasty, just like the Cambie and Downtown locations. We ordered the usual pad thai, green curry, satays, spicy seafood soup, roti, pork chops and I think spinach - every was good but the pork chops really stood out.
Service: I don't think they have service. Constantly had to ask for water, bowls, spoons, the works - we even had to spoon our own soup when it is customary to do it for the diners. I could see a whole bunch of waiters just standing around while diners were looking around for help. I think they may have been ignoring people on purpose.
Ambiance - not quite as nice as the Cambie location and no where near the Downtown location. I do like their floor to ceiling windows but the view is something to be desired as it faces toward the mall entrance and the street.
The food is great but the service was just terrible enough for me to avoid returning to this location. Although there is ample parking (which is quite different from the other locations), the service is so lacking that I wouldn't mind circling around Vancouver looking for a parking spot just to avoid the service at this location.
Went on a weeknight and the place was approx. 1/2 full, lots of parking in Aberdeen mall. Ordered a few appies including: Roti Canai - very good and fluffy, satays - standard lamb and chicken, Gado Gado - very good with lots of ingredients, Tofu - nicely fried with a sweet soy sauce, papaya salad - just average. Then on to the mains with duck curry - average and looked like they bought chinese BBQ duck and just put it in the curry, beef curry - good and made with boneless shortribs, seafood vermecilli - not that great a bit on the bland side, mee goreng - had better, home style chicken - fried and very juicy inside, egg plant - very good, green beans - very good. Overall the food was pretty good. The service was a bit hit and miss with some empty plates being left on the table for a long time and servers being absent. The price was a bit on the high side with most dishes int the mid teens and the appies at the $10 range. However with the ebook coupons, it helped out. Overall would go again but there are lots of smaller S.E. Asian restaurants to try.
Food: green beans, honey garlic spareribs, pad thai, pineapple fried rice, roti canai, and satay skewers all pretty good. a little disappointed in the fried banana...it was a little bland.
Service: all the servers were pretty eager to help. didnt have to ask for the water to be refilled which was a first.
Ambiance: i like the dim lighting and decor. a little loud for an intimate date...and not practical for a LARGE group gathering as they dont have any round tables. (we chinese like our round tables w/ lazy susans!) but still great for a get-together.
Overall: food was ok, altho nothing jumped out at me as being fantastic. i'm still a big fan of coco chili house. however, i still dont mind this place based on tonight's visit...remember to bring your entertainment book coupon!
We went to Tropika with an entertainment book coupon and ordered chili crab and a platter of beef / chicken / prawns. This was the first time I tried Singaporean chili crab and I really enjoyed it. We essentially got the platter for free because of the coupon, so it ended up being good value (around $35 for the two of us, not including tax/tip). From the platter, the chicken was delicious! The curry beef and prawns were a bit lukewarm though.
Service was friendly, polite, and always there when we needed anything. I like this restaurant's ambiance too. It's very spacious and there are huge windows, great for people watching. Menu may be a bit expensive if you're paying full price for everything though.
I brought my out of town guests here for dinner last Fri. Reservation was made for 5 people. Got our table right away. The staff were very helpful in assisting us with the menu. Lamb satay was delicious and so was the roti canai. The char kuey teow, which is the flat rice noodle with chinese sausages, fish cake, shrimp and egg, was our favorite dish. Generous amount of chinese sausages. The seafood hot pot was very disappointing though, it was literally swimming with chili oil and was so spicy that none of us could eat it. The waiter was gracious enough to suggest that the hotpot be taken off our bill. It was a good thing we did because we order one dish too many. I actually watched the waiter took our hotpot away and disposed the dish into the dirty dish bin instead of bringing the hotpot back into the kitchen. That brought one notch up in their rating.
If you love eggplant, I highly recommend their specialty eggplant dish. Thats probably the best eggplant I've ever tasted. Overall, the food was delicious.
Their service was incredible, plates were taken away, water glass filled w/o being asked, being our first time visitors we were treated like royalty. The restaurant was clean, so was the washroom, most of the staff are young, yet experience and professional looking in appearance and attire. A highly recommended place to bring out of town guests here, afterwards, explore the mall.
Tropika has been and still is one of my absolute favourite restaurants.
I went here with a group of friends this past weekend and we all had a great time.
The food: tasty (and not to mention SPICY for some). I had their pad thai which I really enjoyed. I really wish I had gotten their home style chicken, or their satay sticks, or their flat bread..but I can only eat so much!
The service: ok. The waiter seemed constantly too busy to look after us, or attend to us when we wanted to order more.
The value: good compared to other restaurants of similar quality and genre.
Ambiance: nice. I like the airy feel of the restaurant. HOWEVER, my friends told me that the ladies bathroom was kind of gross..so, I didn't factor that in the "ambiance" rating.
Tropika is still a great classic malaysian restaurant most richmonites dine at every so often. There aren't many alike in richmond. The service is always decent for an asian restaurant. Servers are friendly and food always comes on time and of the many times I've been here, no order has ever been wrong, nothing undercooked...its very consistent.
The food itself is a little bit salty (msg) for my tastes, but don't let that stop you, I'm just a little sensitive to it. For the value, the place is pretty good. Nice decor, decent service, good food. There are some hit and misses sometimes, but nothing is ever horrid.
I'd recommend this place to Delicious Malaysian/Thai food every once in a while to go to
We had a party of around 20 people. At the end of the night everyone said they enjoyed it. The food was really good and the service complimented it. Some dishes were a bit pricey, but luckily they were tasty. I like how this restaurant provides a good mix of food - mild, spicy, sweet, sour, etc... I'd definitely go back - great for large parties because you can sample more dishes.
The food was awesome. Most of their dishes are spicy so if you enjoy spicy foods, come to Tropika. I love the environment because it's a new restaurant. The seats are comfortable. The place is pretty big so you won't have to wait long for seats. It's in the mall so parking isn't much of a problem.
It wasnt bad a year or two before, but it is awful right now.
The satay sauce for the pancake was watery.
Pineapple fried rice is almost tasteless.
Pad Thai is supposed to have sweet and sour with a very mild spicy taste, but all I got was just spicy noodle.
Wont go back there ever again !!
I dined there for the first time today...alone, because I couldn't convince my "meat and potatoes" husband to step into an ethnic restaurant. This is the second time I've experienced Malaysian food. The first time was somewhere in Vancouver with some co-workers who took care of all the ordering and I thought they were quite tasty. So this time when I was handed the menu, I just pointed at the pictures. It turned out to be a combo that costed $16, can't recall what it's call for the life of me, but all I remember was in the picture it had a bowl of steaming yellow rice.
When my food arrived, to my surprise it came with a bowl of steamed white rice. So, I called over a nice gentleman with a tie and asked why my rice was not yellow and he pretty much accused me of being ignorant of their restaurant policy that they have different types of rice and that it's my responsibility to know and tell the waiter what kind of rice I wanted. When I explained that it was my first time in that restaurant and that I had pointed at the picture on the menu and couldn't pronounce any of the names much less what they meant. It didn't even occur to me that the picture didn't tell the whole story and he snapped at me that "of course they had to put a bowl of random rice in the picture to let the customers know that it comes with one! Just because it's yellow doesn't mean that's what I'd get" And boy, did he sound upset with me....
After all that fuss, I found that the food was nothing to write home about. It was pretty bland and the curry didn't quite hit a spot. Needless to say, my first impression of this place was beyond disappointing. I definitely would not come back here again.
FOOD: prawn cakes, malaysian bread, pork chops, skewers...they were all so good and they were all mildy spicy/came with spicy sauce. But the menu tells you if something is super spicy or not, just in case you're not a fan of it.
SERVICE: I'm not very good with spicy foods, so I was downing my water pretty quick. Luckily my server was equally quick to fill up my glass. He was fast with taking the order and with getting extra utensils we needed.
VALUE: Some things seem a little overpriced, like a plate of veggies for 12 bucks. But for the most part it's pretty average priced.
AMBIANCE: It nice because there are windows all over the place. But it gets really crowded some times and it can get really loud.
I would definitely recommend going here!
Went there last weekend with my boyfriend and ordered up a storm! The food came quickly because we went there pretty early for dinner. The service was decent. The seatings were comfortable. The food was GD! But the pricing tends to be a little high. For those who like thai and malaysian cuisine, check out other smaller places such as banana leaf or along West Broadway! =)
I've been to this restaurant several times, and their food is great though it is a bit pricey.
Their service is good too, very friendly and trying to meet your needs.
I recommend their set lunch, and I absolutely adore their roti canai too. When you order rice, there's also a variety you can pick such as coconut etc. A lot of the food are worth trying because it's very special and well made.
The environment is okay, though their seats aren't the most comfortable.
This is the first time I try Tropika in Richmond. 3 of us spent about $100 (not including tips) in dinner time. The food is not as good as in other location but I do like their environment. Although this is not my first choice of restaurant in Richmond, I will come back again.
Green beans entree dish - small appetizer size, small frozen shrimps (not prawns), drip off at $12
Spring rolls - not even crispy, soggy and had been frozen for quiet time. Better off buying some frozen spring rolls at any dims sum store and fry it yourself
Lamp curry was the only decent dish. Service is so so. Bunch of inexperienced young boys running around like headless chicken. You are better off going to Banana Leaf.
Despite being the newest one of the 3 Tropikas (Cambie is the original, Robson the second newest) I think it's the worst of the bunch. Food is still good and on par with the other restaurants, but the service is spotty (tends to be slow and/or they ignore you).
The biggest peeve I have with this location are: The room temperature and insufficient bathrooms. The A/C all over the restaurant is freezing! All the times I've been there, everyone at our table kept their jackets on. And despite being rather new, the bathrooms are tiny.
The food is good but pricey. I am often torn between coming here and Northern Delicacy upstairs. Good if you come in a group so that you can try more items but would be real pricey for 2 at dinner. I would suggest coming for lunch if you come for 2. Nice setting with big windows so can see it raining outside.
I simply ADORE the food here. Something about the fusion of Malaysian/Singapore/Thai really makes my tastebuds sing.
I always order the Roti Canai for an appetizer and it is always most excellently excellent. The dipping sauce that comes with the Roti... oh gosh, I dream about swimming in that stuff :)
The menu is quite large and even though I've been there many times, I still haven't managed to try everything. They have everything from Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb, Seafood (huge section in itself), Veggies, Rice, Noodles etc. etc. etc.
My absolute favourite dish is the Meegoreng which is a mixed noodle of sorts. It comes with all sorts of fresh veggeis, egg, tofu and is mixed with a hot sweet tomatoey sauce. Consistently scrumptious and completely addictive.
The waiters are friendly and in my opinion definitely earn their tips. They give good recommendations if you are unsure what to order, refill your glasses without asking and even gave us free desserts when I went on my birthday.
The only thing on the menu that ever disappointed was the pineapple fried rice - was a bit mushy for my taste. I'm willing to overlook this one mishap though because of all the other good experiences I've had with this restaurant.
Admittedly though, the prices are not "cheap" and it is a little out of my price range to be eating at Tropika on a regular basis. So, I usually reserve Tropika for some sort of occasion/gathering. Besides, the portions are so big that it would be impossible to try a bit of everything if you go by yourself.
Richmond Tropika is located on the lower level of the new Aberdeen centre. The restaurant is warm, well-kept and comfortably casual.
Oh Tropika... I *Heart* you!