Located in Aberdeen Centre, this Tropika location offers a variety of Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian food.
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.
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 have been here numerous times and each time I'm met with vibrant and delicious dishes. The food here is always bursting with flavour and never bland. My absolute favourite here is the tom yum goong soup, especially the one w/ lobster (although I only get to have it on special occassions). The curries are aromatic and herbs make everything fragrant. Sauces pack a punch and are perfect soaked up by rice. The satays are as good as any i've had. The entrees are a bit pricey for their size, but it's the perfect portion for exploring a wide range of offerings from their selection. The waiters are quite knowledgable about and make good recommendations on the menu. Always a safe bet for a taste bud tingling experience.
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.
I am from Singapore and I know Southeast Asian cuisine well. The food I had at this restaurant tonight is nothing like Southeast Asian fare and can, at best, pass as really poorly prepared Chinese food. The basics of Southeast Asian cuisine lies in the "rempah" or a base. Yet, there was no sign of such a base. The turmeric powder was raw and uncooked, telling me the cook has no concept of a very basic technique. The BBQ pork ribs were rock hard and bland. The spicy prawns had funky brown sauce thickened with cornstarch and no spice to speak of. The so-called Sayur Lemak had no lemak, no rempah, just raw spice thrown in as if they were salt or pepper, and milk. When I tried to explain to the manager that the dish had milk instead of coconut milk, he argued that that's because the sauce required "coconut MILK", hence the milk! I was stunned by his persistent ignorance. This is positively the worst meal I've had in a long time!
Food: I visit this outlet all the time. I love all their dishes. In particular, I was drawn to their Char Hor Fun. It tastes just like the way I remember it at a typical 'sze char' (i.e. serious wok-cooking action over a big fire) restaurant in Singapore!
Service: Always very prompt. They replenish your ice water pretty quick.
Ambience: Love the ambience. It is definitely a guest-worthy restaurant, not one of those run down mom-and-pap places in Vancouver. I would take my friends there anytime to sample the Singapore and Malaysian cuisine.
This truly is one of the finest dining place for Malaysia, Indoesnia and SIngapore food in town. I especially enjoy their pineapple fired rice, the deep fired fish and also the tasty skewers (beef, chicken, pork and lamb chop). Pricing is quite affordable, the only gripe that I have is that their live seafood seems to be over-priced when compared to other top Chinese seafood restaurant. Otherwise, the service is both quick and friendly. Another thing to be aware of is that they don't take VISA, make sure that you have other alternative payment methods like AMEX, MASTERCARD etc
I came here with my family a couple weeks ago. We ordered chicken, beef, and lamb satays, roti canai, shredded dry pork in sticky rice roll, Pad Thai, and Tropika Special Fried Rice. The food was extremely tasty and good; my favorite was the roti canai (warm, soft, chewy pastry type bread with a mild spicy curry dipping sauce) and the pad thai (noodles in a sweet, sour and mildly spicy sauce with egg, lots of shrimp and meat, and crushed peanuts).
Service: was satisfactory. The waiters were attentive but a bit on the snobby side, in my opinion. They were also a little bit pushy trying to "suggest" that we order more dishes.
Ambiance: was great. large windows gave it a more "open" feel and the decor was nice.
Value: the food was great, but a little on the pricey side as the portions were not that big. However, I will definitely return.
Boyfriend and I come to this restaurant all the time. service is always the same, the gents are super attentive and very quick in service.
we always order the lamb curry, spicy minced pork and eggplant hotpot (our favourite, we can never get enough), coconut rice and the haienese chicken rice. to drink we order the virgin chi chi for two! its so cute how they come in a large bowl with two straws sticking out of each end. and occasionaly we would get the deep fried banannas with vanilla icecream. and just recently we thought we would try something new, we ordered the coconut seafood fried rice. freaking amazing! i cannot wait to go back there again just to eat that. as well we love how their food is consistent and hot every single time.
all in all, good service, good food. cant go wrong with that can you?
The food was tasty. My bf and I had 3 dishes: fish, poultry in curry, and some beef with veggies. All that with their rice. If you like spicy food, you'll love this place. However, my stomach was hurting after eating this. Not that I am not used to spicy food. As we both got sick. So it was my first time and unfortunately, it will be my last.
I have been there more than a few times, but everytime was because someone else want to go. The food are not bad, but don't live quite to par as the price they charge. The seafood they use in thier dishes are not fresh, the reason you can't really taste the unfreshness is because almost every plate is spicy.
I won't pick that place if I am the one who let choose the dinner spot.
This location has the best service among their 3 locations. The waiter always make sure I have enough sambal chili sauce by giving me a large portion.
Food is pretty much the same with all the Tropikas,.... good and authentic. If you have to choose which Tropika to go, choose this one.
I just love Tropika. I go there every so often, when I am in the mood for spicy coconut curry. A favorite of mine is the green coconut curry with seafood paired with coconut rice. For starters, try the Malay bread, it is awesome. and for dessert, one cannot go wrong with the deep fried banana with vanilla ice cream. You should go here before you start your diet!!!
Since it's opening in Aberdeen, this location has attracted a lot of people. It's located in Aberdeen Mall so there's lots of parking available but often the wait for a table at Tropika is long. The food's a mix of tastes from Malaysia, Singapore and India so there's a wide variety. The food is delicious but certain dishes are small and pricey. I went with my friends once and it felt like we ordered a lot, but afterwards, we still weren't quite full. The service is okay, and you sometimes have to remind them about things and check on the "waitlist" for a table.
We ate here a couple of times,want to give it second chance by choosing different dishes from the first visit but food still wasn't very good, not really authentic malaysian, The tropika in Vancouver (cambie) was much better. So I guess we won't be visiting this location, instead we will be going to Vancouver for malaysian food.
This restaurant has few locations, the Richmond one used to be on the side street of the Save On Food Plaza, now they are in the mall, the whole place looks a lot nicer and brighter.
Food and service are both good and attentive, especially if you love spicy food, this is the place to go. They have all kinds in different spicy sauce, meat, seafood, or vegetibles all can be ordered from mild to really hot if you ask for it. Personally, I love their satays and curry lamb, meat is tender and soaked with wonderful multi-flavours, just can't get enough whenever we go there.
However, two things I'd like to point out though, one is try to avoid their dessert items, they are small and pricy, and taste plain; the second thing is I am very surprised that they don't take Visa, only Mastercard or cash..these days it's hard to see a place in the mall that don't take Visa
I agree with the person below me who says that this Tropika is the worst of the three. The food is decent, and I don't find the prices unreasonable. But the service was horrendous. There was practically no one in the restaurant when I went with my family. Maybe two or three other tables. The server takes forever to notice we're alive. Unattentive in the extreme, like we were invisible.
The crab cake is SUPERB, but not worth the aggravation of being ignored.
i had a bad experience to share with diners about this restaurant. last nite, we were led to a table situated at the main aisle of tropika where we think don't like, we asked if we can get a window table where we can dine more comfortable. the young waiter agreed and left us alone. after 10 mins of waiting, we were not serve with water or tea, no server approached us for the order despite they are walking and chating with each other at the bar. this gave us a feeling that we are incooperative to sit as instructed which resulted with NO SERVICE, IGNORANCE. As a reminder to diners to tropika - please do not try to select the table that you want when dining at TROPIKA, you will definitely be treated very odd and unpleasant.
We won't visit TROPIKA even their food is fairly acceptable!!!!
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.