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Tropika

1128 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1B2
Tel: (604) 737-6002
Fax: (604) 737-1433
Neighbourhood: Central

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Okay dinner experience.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

I went to Tropika with a friend, after hearing how good this place was and you will love the food.

I was greeted from the top of the stairs by a friendly server and found my server to be informative, helpful and friendly. My friend & I, noticed they came around to replenish our waters or beverage, and did quality checks. This was what we both like about eating here, and how the servers would interact with their customers.

The food we both commented that we thought some food tasted like chinese, and if you like spices, they use plenty in their dishes. I ordered the Min 6 Satay & tried the chicken, beef and lamb satay, Vegetarian spring roll, Hainanese Roast Chicken and my friend ordered the combo platter Putera-Puteri Favrite.
I prefered the chicken satay, it had the best flavour, the peanut sauce was very good, and the vegetarian spring roll was hot when it arrived but I didn't think it had alot of flavour. The hainanese roast chicken was half order, it was hugh, which I have enough for leftovers and found the chicken dry.
My friends meal reported was a combo of very spicey vegetables, she thought it was cabbage & broccoli. The sweet & sour pork ribs, tasted like chinese with tons of msg, and she was too crazy about it. This platter came with chicken satay, which she liked.
At the end of our meal we had leftover for the next day, which she gave me her left over pork and I will see if it taste better the next day.

Our impression of the food was okay, a couple of dishes where good, but the experience didn't wow us or want us to return to try other dishes.

Big on service but I doubt we will return.

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What happened, Tropika????
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2008 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

This place is not what it used to be. I remember having many dinners and lunches here in the past and it tasted a LOT better than my most recent visit.

Came here with my family last week for a quick pre-shopping lunch. We ordered the seafood rice noodles (a lower end vermicelli version of these noodles were used along with a too watery sauce and the result was sloppy noodles with a rough texture) , the red curry duck (they didn't cook the duck with the curry; turns out it was just roasted duck that they placed into the curry so the duck didn't have any curry flavor); the vegetables in a curry sauce (this was ok, no complaints); and roti (not as crispy as before). Seemed like there's a new chef in the kitchen or the restaurant decided to try to get away with short cuts on the food. Not very good at all.

Service stayed about the same. Points for the waiter who tried to warn us about the duck saying it's not very authentic but still... =(

I don't think I'll return for a while....

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Outstanding Restaurant
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 10, 2007 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

The decor is tasteful and comfortable. Service is prompt and attentive. We ordered fried noodles, vermincelli, and fried rice served in a coconut. The fried rice noodles was a tad too sweet, and the other two dishes were just right. Overall, it was a very enjoyable lunch and we will definitely be back.

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Good enough for this side of the globe
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

We lack the ability to have really authentic Singapore/Malaysian cuisine as the spices are rare to find and probably unable to be imported.

This place is much nicer than their Cambie location but the servers are kinda arrogant no? A colleague once commented that they have an attitude. I am rarely bothered by people's attitude but it was never quite a nice experience eating here.

Food wise, the roti is ok but I do enjoy their Nasi Lemak which is coconut rice with chicken, spices, veges which is a good meal for a small cost.

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Great decor!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

I was at Tropika for dinner last night in a party of 8. Although I find the food at the other locations to be better prepared and more authentic tasting, this location is great in decor and service.
By the time our full party arrived, it was already half hour past our original reservation time. No complaints at all. In fact, all the servers there treated us with the most respect. I can see how we could have been demanding: adding two extra seatings last minute, asking to heat up baby food twice, chilling a cake we brought, bringing us extra plates and utensils for our cake, etc.
Instead of rolling their eyes or giving attitude like some places, we were always taken care of with a smile.
Our food came very quick and everything was piping hot when it arrived. We all enjoyed our evening here at Tropika on Robson.

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Yummy curry. Good clams
By doodlebug of vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Dined here mid-week and it was a good experience. The clams were fresh and tasty and the beef curry was very good with coconut rice. We also ordered this "tong choi" dish that was okay. I think it was the actual vegetable, not the preparation of it, I don't like.
Staff was efficient and friendly. Our entertainment coupon was honoured with a smile. Food arrived ridiculouslyfast.

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I love this place!
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 8, 2006 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

I took some out of town relatives here for lunch last week (they also own a restaurant in Italy), I was a little nervous because this was pretty different for them but they were definitely interested and impressed!
First of the room is gorgeous and the service was above what I'd expect for lunch (like changing plates between courses, serving the soup, attentive with the water/tea) i tell you it was a nice break from the drone stares you get at most Asian restaurants lately. All the dishes were beautifully prepared and served with the Nasi Goering being especially noteworthy. Lunch for 6 was 130 bucks with 10 dishes and we were stuffed. In fact my guests asked for doggy bags, something you definitely don't get in Europe. All in all I'd like to say Thank You Tropika, I'll be back :)

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Great Christmas Day Lunch
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Came to Tropika Christmas Day with a friend around 2pm and enjoyed a very tasty lunch.
Ordered the Indonesian Spring Rolls to start and really didn't enjoy them. The rolls were different from what I expected. They were piping hot and the outside of the roll was rolled in something sort of strange perhaps crushed peanuts. After the rolls everything was uphill.

Enjoyed a very delicious Gado Gado salad. A large helping of cucumber , tofu, and lettuce topped with an extremely generous and tasty peanut sauce. What a way to start the meal.

We then ordered a very nice beef and curry dish. The temperature of the dish was just right as was the spice, just the right amount of heat. The dish was rich and creamy and was just delightful on top of a nicely done bowl of rice. Also enjoyed a noodle dish with some seafood and tofu, again very well done.

My dining partner and I were pretty much stuffed like a Christmas turkey by the time we polished everything off.

The service was friendly and efficient. Everything presented in a reasonable amount of time including our drinks.

My one little quibble, they didn't take debit, what is with that? Cash or credit only.

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Excellent, as Always
By nelliebobellie of Downtown (69 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

I dine at Tropika frequently and I've never had a bad experience. Most of my meals are take-out, and the service is prompt and courteous. I wouldn't use the term 'friendly' as the waiters don't smile much. They are, however, very efficient.

I took my parents for lunch a couple weeks ago and they were very impressed with the food at Tropika. We had the Sambal bunchies, the Eggplant (my fave) and a Chicken curry dish as well as coconut rice. All were very good and left us with a bit of food left over even after we had two servings each. With an entertainment book coupon, the value is outstanding, but I gave Tropika a 'solid' rating for the pre-discount prices.

I will be a regular here for a long time to come.

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Much different from the Richmond location
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Food: everything we had was really quite good- pad thai, chicken green curry, radish cake, satays, roti and pineapple fried rice were all very tasty and well-presented. Even the pickiest of eaters were satisfied! Drinks were also very good but pricey although I may try the chee chee for two next time since it came in such a neat bowl.

Service: Was excellent as our water glasses were never near empty and we never felt rushed even though many members of our party were quite late and we stayed almost 2 hours. The only problems were the drinks that were forgotten (or late as it arrived in the middle of the meal after some inquiring) and a forgotten veggie dish (that we didn't really want afterwards since we were all quite full).

Ambiance: I don't know if this location had been recently renovated but the restaurant looked fantastic - very hip but not in the thai or malaysian style that one would expect but aesthetically pleasing nonetheless.

Will def. return if in the neighbourhood as the meal came out to $14 per person with tax and tip (not incl. drinks). Would recommend others to try as well.

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Solid all around.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 12:29am [Dine in]

The flavours aren't lacking and the service has always been pleasant and friendly, in spite of the fact that all of the above still cannot beat that which you will find in the Cambie location.

A great place to eat on Robson when you're not sure where you'd like to go and if you craved for something a little spicy and tangy. Always great roti's--absolutely love the curry sauce that goes with it.

When you can't make it over the bridge to the Cambie location, visit this Robson one! And definitely less crowded.

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the roti is always awesome.
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 11, 2006 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

i think this tropika location is so much better than the richmond location.

food - roti is AWESOME. it's always good, hot and not too oily. the sauce is delicious! their drinks are alright....the typical tropical drinks are served (coconut, pineapple, daiquiris, chi chi, etc)
the beef curry is good (not the dry kind) .. especially the sauce. the fried rice (in pineapple shell) is great with the sauce. for veggies, the green beans with sauteed shrimps is the best, in my opinion.

service - so much better than richmond. they fill your water often, ask how the food is, and give quick service. richmond is way too slow and they don't seem to bother with what the customers want.

ambiance - richmond has cool chairs, but the outside view from robson is better. ambiance could be viewed as the same.....i like the lighting.

awesome place.

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Decent food but not authentic
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2006 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

I had lunch with 2 friends and we ordered Hainanese Crispy Chicken, Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng.

All the food were tasty, but taste nothing like those in Singapore/Malaysia. Not even close. Would have given 3 stars for food if they rename the dishes and do not claim to be a Singapore/Malaysian/Indonesian restaurant ;-)

Very nice decor though. Asian food restauranteurs should take a cue from Tropika and spend some money on their decor.

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Mediocre Food
By yummm of Surrey (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 12:05am [Dine in]

It's definitely a very convenient location, great place for lunch if you work in the area. They offer lunch specials and there are quite a few options on the lunch menu. However, their food is hardly authentic and the pad thai has got to be one of the worst I have ever had. It was very dry, extremely bland with overcooked prawns and bean sprouts that looked like they had been sitting around for a few days. The curries are decent but all the other dishes I have tried there have been rather tasteless. The service is better than the food, the servers are always attentive and polite. Once again, it's the place to go for a quick lunch in a pleasant atmosphere, but the food is only passable at best.

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Encountered delicious food,a polite waiter and a nice atmosphere.
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

Chili prawns were fresh,sauce was delicious. Chicken and green beans in green curry paste were also very pleasing to the palate. Our waiter "Billy" was very attentive,polite and informative on the ingredients and levels of spiciness. Nice view overlooking Robson street. The only thing I would change is the Pad Thai, as it was fairly bland and a little dry. I mentioned to "Billy" the Singapore slings we ordered could be a tad sweeter and he brought my ladyfriend and I a shooter glass with grenadine to add to our drinks to remedy the situation.Pleasing experience over all.

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Great food but...
By happytoro of Coquitlam (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Food: Proportions are small but the food is great. Pineapple fried rice was made perfectly. Also the fried tofu there is awesome, it's not too crunchy outside but super soft inside.

Service: Decent service, no smiles. The servers came by to make sure the water was constantly filled and was speedy with everything. But we were rushed out because the server said there was a lot of people waiting.

Value: Small proportions, you decide.

Ambiance: It's nice inside but a bit crowded.

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Typical bait & switch and only mediocre food
By mochi of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2012 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

Even though this is the most convenient location of the 3 Tropikas in GVA, it's my least favourite. I used to like it quite a bit, but the food quality and service have gone downhill.

Here is a recent experience that significantly downgraded my opinion of this restaurant and it's management:

I work in the area, so a group of 10 of my coworkers and I went to Tropika for lunch. I happened to have an Entertainment Book coupon for buy one lunch dish get one free, and wanted to use it to treat one of my coworkers who was there for his last day before moving out of the country.

I was told before we ordered that I cannot use the coupon because for big groups, the bill is COMBINED. I asked if we can separate out just 2 of the dishes, and was told that is not allowed. When the bill came, they automatically issued separate bills for each individual. When I asked if we can just combine 2 of the bills so I can use the coupon, I was told it cannot be done because all the bills are SEPARATE, even though originally I was told I can't use it because the bill will be COMBINED. Then, when I forfeited and just gave him my credit card for both lunches, he came back with a combined bill of the 2 dishes anyway, but still insisted I could not use the coupon.

To me, this is dishonest and bad business practice. You have 11 working professionals coming to your restaurant for lunch, and we obviously frequent the restaurants in the area often. Instead of honouring a coupon worth $15 to me (and probably less than $5 to the restaurant in cost), you made up contradictory excuses about why I can't use the coupon and pissed off the entire group. Who do you expect out of our group to return and give you future business now that you unfairly and unjustifiably refused to honour ONE coupon at a table of 11 people?!

The money doesn't even mean much to me, but the principle of it all is WRONG. The server just kept making contradictory statements about why I couldn't use the coupon. He said I can come back and use it with ONE other person instead..........does he really expect me to come back?

This is typical bait & switch behaviour. Tropika has been in the Entertainment Book for years, and I have never had a problem using my coupon. But because of this horrible experience, and because their food is actually sub-par for the price point anyway, I will not be returning.

If you want an idea of how their service is, the server was handing out chopsticks to our group, and one person was in a conversation so didn't notice she was holding out a pair for her. Instead of saying something like "excuse me", she said to him "Hello! Please wake up!!" -- is this really the type of service you would pay for on Robson Street in Downtown Vancouver?

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3 Strikes and you're Out!! Never coming back here again
By dleef of Victoria (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

3rd time at Tropika on Robson.... I should have stopped after the 1st time. After living in Singapore and visiting Malaysia several times, I've always craved the food from there. However every time Tropika manages to disappoint and get worse each time.

Atmosphere here is the best part (sad but true). Good view of Robson, fairly modern decor. Ambience gets a 3/5

Service is fast and efficient, but missing warmth and friendliness. Seems like typical Hong Kong service. 2/5

The Worst part of Tropika by far however is the Food. Ordered a Combination dinner with Fried chicken, Shrimp and lamb curry. Cost is $16 which can't be considered cheap. Rice had some dried crusty parts from the pot.

Chicken was extremely dry, as it was a chicken breast that was twice cooked for some reason. From the texture of the chicken, you can tell that it was cooked once, then sliced through the breast, then fried again. I don't understand why they would do that..but the end result was it was dry and almost inedible. I suspect that it may have been 'old' chicken they refried again.

Shrimps were like eating rubber bullets. Deep fried and overcooked for TOO LONG. Also they were NOT DE-VEINED. After eating 2 I had to stop..couldn't handle it anymore.

Braised Lamb curry was the best of the three, the meat was tender, although the curry sauce was bland and underspiced. Center of the curry was cold, which indicates to me that it was made beforehand (possibly frozen) and reheated in microwave. Nothing special to write home about.

It's unfortunate that this is one of the few malaysian/singapporean restaurants around. I have lived in Singapore before and visted Malaysia several time. The food here does injustice to both countries. I would never bring guests from those countries to Tropika as they would think they are butchering their national dishes. I wouldn't bring any guests here period. I think the only reason they get business is from tourists on Robson Street. I will NEVER go back here again, I'd rather get a $6 Donair down the street.

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Horrible Service.
By jnnfr of Main St Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 2:44am [Dine in]

From the get-go, I noticed that our server was displeased with the presence of five sixteen-year-olds in the restaurant. Although we were fairly upstanding bunch and didn't cause any trouble or disruption, we were still dealt with as if we were a group of rowdy kids that were just looking to cause trouble.

The meal passed by fine; however, the server failed to check up on us during the meal, as most usually do. Of course, he had no trouble checking up on the adult customers. When ordering dessert, he crassly told us that there was no more bananas for the ice cream deep-fried bananas.

At the end of our meal, we learned that they refused to accept debit so over half of our guests had to run out to the ATM a block away to withdraw money. Then, we had to evenly divide up the bill (there was no separate billing, but that is understandable) He was definitely annoyed then. If I recall correctly, he may have scolded us for not knowing any of this beforehand.

I have never set foot back into Tropika on Robson since that experience. Oh, and the food was alright, but definitely not the best.

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Overrated and Not Authentic
By alias of East Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

I've been to Tropika once and I left feeling underwhelmed. I went with a friend who is actually from Malaysia and he was appalled that the food here is considered "Malaysian." When we walked in, I though that the restaurant had pretty decent ambiance. We were seated and I realized that there were a lot of Chinese-Born Canadian (CBC) patrons (which I am one myself). Our waiter was also CBC and I knew that we were not going to get "authentic" Malaysian food.

We ordered the chicken, mee goreng, and roti. My friend was unimpressed by the chicken and roti and I thought it was sub-par. The mee goreng however was disgusting. It tasted like someone just fried up some noodles with watered down ketchup. Needless to say, I don't plan on going back to Tropika. If I wanted good Malaysian food, I'll go to Banana Leaf or Seri Malaysia... definitely not Tropika.

Expensive, overrated, and left little to be desired.

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