Tropika offers a variety of Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian food.
I've been here numerous times for lunch and had great experiences each time. The service is good. The waiters are usually quite friendly and are pretty quick to recognize when I need a refill of water. The food has been consistent every time I have been here and the waiting times were reasonable. I really enjoyed the roti canai, pad thai, curry beef, and prawn cakes. I think quality of the food is better than other thai restaurants. I've also been to the Robson location, but this one is much better.
I enjoyed the night dining at Tropika @ Cambie last week.
It was my first time dinning there,
our server Frankie is excellent, he gave us recommendation on what to start
and his suggestions is all good!
The food is great!! I really love the deep fried prawn cake, green curry and bbqs
Enjoyable night definitely worth for trying!
We used to LOVE this place for it's consistency in tasty dishes but tonight it was all bad in terms of food and customer service. From the moment we sat down for a nice early Mother's day dinner we were rushed to order and get out even though there were only 3 tables with customers at that time. We ordered 5 dishes and the usual appies of roti bread and skewers. The appies were good but the dishes were all off. In the dishes that had green beans, the green beans tasted rotten and freezer burned :(. As I mentioned before, the restaurant was quite empty for most of our time there but still the waiters felt the need to give us the "HK style service of rush you out so that we can get the next table in" ROTFL if this is a scene from a HK comedy but not if you are the customers trying to enjoy a nice family dinner. We mentioned politely to our waiter that one of our mango desserts was too sour to eat and he refused to do anything about it and walked off. Had to flag down another waiter who also echoed that some people in Thailand like it sour so too bad so sad. Imagine what they would have done had we given them feedback that the food was not good...wait, wait, oh yeah they would have done NOTHING and that is why we will not go back to this Cambie location. These people at Cambie Tropika don't value customers or making good food anymore. Avoid disappointment, avoid Tropika on Cambie.
With reservations, we were made to rush. We arrived with a slightly smaller party than reserved, and the manager actually made a sarcastic comment about it. We were told to order because he wanted the table for a larger party coming.
I am a frequenter of Asian cuisine, and I've got to say, I've never been so disturbed by the management that I've felt the need to write a review. I suggest if you have a desire for Malaysian, to try another restaurant other than this one.
i have been to several of the Tropika chains and i only go because there arent too many malaysian restaurants around and i want that fix.overall, the food is nice.. of course it tastes nothing like how it would if you were in singapore or malaysian but they do a great job of matching the style and flavours to its country of origin.
service is better than you would expect in most oriental restaurants, the servers are better mannered and friendlier to their customers.
the prices are around $15-20 which is not expensive (and it should never be with any restaurant that serves this genre of food) but there are reasonable place for thai food.
A friend of mine who was visiting Vancouver arranged for a group of 7 friends for a get together at her favorite restaurant, Tropika. Since the Cambie location is very central for all attendees, we decided to go there.
I made the reservation for 7 people several nights before and a couple days before, bumped the reservation up to 8 people. Both times, due to language barriers of the manager on duty, I had difficulty understanding him and having to repeatedly repeat my name and phone number. That part was frustrating but given that we live in a multicultural environment, I thought nothing of it.
On the day of the dinner, one friend showed up early and was told that our reservation was postponed to a later time. Further, we had great difficulty requesting a table for 8 for a half-full restaurant where there were a couple of tables which sat empty. Moreover, because two people ran late, they wouldn't seat the rest of us. Sadly, this is not all that went awry.
Our dining experience consisted of being crammed at a table meant for 6, but they sat the 8 of us there. Since the table was so small, we practically had the plates on our laps. The main server was rude and impatient with us and our order for Mei Goreng was swapped for a different dish. The coconut rice that we had tasted funny and given the restaurant's indignant attitude towards us, we didn't want them to spit into our food. The main entrees themselves did not stand up to the level that I have come to expect from Tropika, as I frequent their downtown location quite often.
The service was shoddy at best, and when it came time to pay, one person in our group had an entertainment coupon. We were told by our waiter that we couldn't use the entertainment coupon because the bill was split. In the way he had communicated this, the waiter lectured us and proceeded to tell us that they never honour entertainment coupons when the bill was split. He made his point twice to us as if we were 5 year olds and stormed off after each time. To add insult to the injury, because we were a table of 8, we got charged 15% gratuity for mediocre service.
I am extremely disappointed with my experience at Tropika as this was not the first time that I was treated with a lack of respect by the Tropika on Cambie. The manager was not only unhelpful and given that he had messed up on our reservation, he ignored us when we requested a table. The only saving grace to our night was each other's company.
As one of Tropika's loyal customers, I would not go back to the Cambie location again. Next time, I will take my business elsewhere. Has anyone else experienced poor service at Tropika?
We visited here for the first time today for a late lunch.
The restaurant was clean and tidy with nice decor. The servers were friendly and the food was served in a timely manner.
As a vegan, I was pleased to find that (after double checking) the vegetarian combo was something I could enjoy. No eggs, no dairy, no shrimp paste or any other animal product.
The Acar Awar was nice, as were the veggie spring rolls. The coconut rice was awesome! Unfortunately the Sayur Kari wasn't that great. The Sayur Lemak from The Banana Leaf beats the Tropika Sayur Kari by far!
I also had the Pulut Hitam for dessert and it was divine. I'm actually craving another one right now lol.
Anyway, we'd go back there again. The prices were reasonable, the service friendly and the food, for the most part, was pretty good.
I ate here with a group of friends and was so turned off by the service from the start. We had reservations for 8 people for 5 pm and the majority of us were seated by 5:30. We were chatting to catch up because we had not seen each other for a long time. The server came by and rudely asked if we were going to order anything because he needed the table back by 7 pm and it was "already 5:30." We would have left to eat elsewhere if it weren't for the fact that we were a big group and it was dinnertime on a Saturday.
None of us had ever eaten at Tropika before so we were unfamiliar with the menu (names of dishes). When one of my friends as the server if they served anything like Pad Thai, the server barked back, "Yeah, it's on the menu!" We put our orders in and although the food arrived in a reasonable time, it wasn't anything spectacular. Meanwhile, during dinner, the server would come out of nowhere to reach in front of us to pour waters, blocking our view from the person we were having a conversation with, and splashing water on the table.
We were well done dinner before 7pm and by the time the bill came, we were so displeased with the service that 6/8 of us decided not to leave a tip. The server was circling the table like a vulture to make sure that we settled. When he saw that he was only left a couple of dollars, he freaked out and asked a couple of my friends what "our problem" was. We explained that we found his service to be extremely rude at the get-go and gave examples, and his only response was "Whatever." This was starting to make a scene in the restaurant, so the manager rushed over to find out what was happening. We understand that on busy nights, many restaurants need their tables back in a reasonable amount of time, but we explained to the manager that the way the server conveyed this, was inappropriate. The manager apologized and we left. All I can say is after such a horrible first time experience, we will never eat there again!
The food is alright, and the service is decent, but the price one pays for the taste is not worth it. Rather...save the cash, and splurge it on one's second favorite type of cuisine.
After frequenting Tropika regularly for over a year I have to say that their quality and consistency is second to none. The speed with which the food arrives at the table is incredible while ensuring that each and every meal is as stupendous as the last. The servers are very friendly, attentive and inviting however, when you have completed your meal it is made obvious that they require you to leave for the next diners and they will usher you out. Overall, a more than positive dining experience with flavours that combine to create unique tasting sensation.