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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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Bad Food, Mediorcre Service
By love_to_eat_out of Westend, Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

The atmosphere seemd nice and we went here for lunch. The food here is bad and doens't have any flavour. I had an indonesian meal that was mainly of only carrots and cabbage. The salad was made of carrots and cabbage, contained a few strings of beans and the sayur kari again contained mainly cabbage and carrots. maybe two pieces of something that tasted like tofu and two pieces of eggplant and one piece of brocoli. The spring rolls were again filled with cabbage (looks like they had bought this in large quantitites and wanted to get rid of it). The service was poor. They weren't interested in finding out how the meal was. All in all a bad experience.

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Good food.
By hohohong of Van (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 6, 2006 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

Visited this location several times and the food never disappoint each time. Service is pretty good as they ensure you have enough water to cool off the heat.

However, there was this one time the waiter fooled me by bringing out a small portion of their tasty sambal chili topped with other cheaper substitution.

That was when I visited the restaurant with $8 off coupon.

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Lunch at Tropika
By 99north of Squamish (32 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 9:51am [Dine in]

Having been to the Cambie street locaton of Tropika previously I happened to be in the DT area and thought why not give this location a try as well. Parking is the biggest obstacle here,,,,try off the main drag.

I like the locaton of the restaurant, being up off of the street level,,getting a window seat would be nice rather than sitting in the back 40's.

Decor....its pretty good...not too over rambuncious although seating on the bench area to the right is rather cramped,,you can almost touch your neighbour,,,not a desired place to sit if you want a private relaxed lunch or dinner.

Service was good for us,,,,we were seated right away and the waiter arrived soon after with our menus and asked us abouts drinks etc. Our food arrived in a timely fasion. Pleasant and curtious all around.

The food........was tasty,,although the Thai chicken feet salad was too awashed in dressing which made the lettuce sloppy and limp. The Pork Rib soup was tasty and nice,,maybe a bit too salty for my liking. Our noodle dish was very good,,,lots of prawns and chicken and very filling.

Would I return,,,umm well as much as it was a nice place to eat,,,I would return to the Cambie Street location before I came back to this location. There are so many ethnic restaurants to try in our great City so I wouldn't be able to say that Tropika would be my favorite haunt or eatery.....although I would recommend it to anyone to try for sure.

Good place for a lunch special for sure!

Good eating
99north

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Tropikarse
By foooood of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

My friends and I, went to celebrate her birthday. Firstly, they charged a 15% "service charge" because we brought a cake. For a nice restaurant on Robson they only have one washroom and it's awkward when a lot of people wanna go. Their food was... interesting. I enjoyed what I order, but my friend ordered coconut seafood rice. It was basically bland plain rice with some bland plain sauce. After all that, they brought in the cake at the most inconvenient time, when only the birthday girl was at the table and no one else. When we went to pay, they overcharged us 10 dollars and when to went to inquire, they were unwilling to double check the orders. We left unsatisfied, hungry and angry. I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

don't go save your time and money.

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Great experience at Tropika Downtown
By scbsee88 of Seattle, WA (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 11:14am [Dine in]

My brother and his family were visiting us for the week and he had a craving for Malaysian food. Since we were staying in Downtown, we made reservations at Tropika on Robson. I was a bit leery at first because it was in a more touristy area and hoped they didn't water down their food.

We were pleasantly surprised. Started off the meal with satays and roti canai for the kids. Satays were nicely seasoned and still moist and the roti was handmade unlike some other places. However, at $3 per one roti, I felt the prices a little too steep. Next, came out one of the highlights: Singapore Chili Crab. The crab itself was over 2 lbs or about 1 kg and was very meaty. The chili sauce was the best I've had outside of Singapore. The spices are quite subtle and then the chilies kick in a few seconds later. Don't know how they do this, but it was truly sublime.

The surprise of the night came with the curry chicken. We didn't know what to expect, but out came some big pieces of drumstick, thighs stewed in a curry/coconut broth. The chicken pieces were still moist and was infused with the broth, a sign of good stewing techniques. We also ordered a beef rendang and green bean dishes that were equally executed to perfection.

Service was also quite good and with a smile. They did come over several times to change plates after our crab mess.

Prices are a bit steep, but considering the prime Robson Street location, but I can forgive them when the food is that flavorful and attention to preparation is easily noticed.

Highly recommend Tropika Downtown!

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Disappointing Lunch
By Anzu of Langley (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 10:37am [Dine in]

When it was announced that we were going to Tropika for a farewell lunch for one of my colleagues, I was a bit apprehensive because I did not have fond memories of the food from a dining experience a few years ago. I ordered off the lunch menu and vegetarian options were very limited although there is a large selection of meat/seafood items to choose from. As other reviewers have mentioned, the décor is stylish and the atmosphere is nice.

I ordered the Teochow Fried Rice which was described as fried rice with gai lan, pickled vegetables and egg. Everyone else in my party had received their dishes and was dining for about 10 minutes before we had to remind the server about my missing dish. He promptly delivered it but I tried to hide my disappointment when the plate set before me was just a huge pile of rice with little chunks of green gai lan stem sprinkled sporadically throughout. I searched and could not find pickled vegetables and the chunks of egg were few and far between. Considering this dish was $10.95 I felt ripped off; very poor value. I could have gone to any mall food court and had the same thing for $4. The other diners in my party were quite pleased with their selections which I sampled; tasty but on the greasy side. Your satisfaction with the food will likely depend on what you order so be careful. Banana Leaf is more authentic and better value than this restaurant.

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atmosphere better than the food
By funktherapy of south granville, vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 11:20am [Dine in]

great location above robson street, clean crisp modern atmosphere. too bad the food itself is inconsistent, especially where the spice factor is concerned - traditionally hot dishes were bland and mild while our vegetarian guests, accustomed to hot food, literally had the insides of their mouths burned. green curry is a highlight... too many watercress in the chicken cashew. stay away from the callimari unless you like challengingly large mutant squid.

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Must Have Hainanese Chicken
By milanelson of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

You can get excellent hainanese chicken at this restaurant. I've never tried other dishes there because I always crave this particular dish. If you don't like the sight of chicken bones, this dish is not for you. The wonder of the hainanese chicken is its subtle flavour. It is served chilled with pickles, hot and minced ginger sauce. Unlike chicken teriyaki where the meat is often soaked in heavy sauce and you're tasting mostly the sauce, you can really appreciate the delicate flavour of chicken in this light dish.

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very tropical!
By gir of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 15, 2006 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice so far and the menu never ceases to amaze me.

Food: The first time I came here was with my boyfriend and he ordered some kind of malaysian platter while I had this coconut shell with rice and seafood in some kind of creamy sauce. I loved it! We also shared this drink (I think it's called scorpio something) in which it was this bowl with some kind of fruity liqueur, with little monkeys to hold the straws. The second time I came here was with my boyfriend and my parents, and we ordered quite a lot. The food is consistent to Malaysian-Thai cooking, and as we're Filipinos (except for my boyfriend) we're pretty impressed that the food hit home (to our stomachs too!).

Service: Quite alright, nothing special to my taste. If you ask for something, they're quite prompt.

Ambiance: Quite classy, although I don't like their cutlery (very heavy!).

Overall: A good experience, very recommended!

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thai food? I don't think so
By ximinez of berlin, de (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

Although the food was not bad, it was not Thai. Chopped chicken meat in hot soup does not make a proper Thai dish. I cannot say that the food was (very) bad but simply not what it should be. It tasted flat and plain.

What I also dislike is that I got just a pile of meat (in some sort of soup) and that I had to ask for rice separately. I can eat a lot but taking main dish and rice and vegetables (if there are some) is simply too much. Reduce the meat, add some rice/vegetables. The dish will look and taste better.

Cutlery had strange shape and balance. Really difficult to handle and eat with.

I would not return there.

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tasted great for my western palate!
By bocconcinilover of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

Last night a few colleagues and I dined at Tropika as we were in town on business. Tropika came highly recommended from a repeat customer. I was a bit nervous, never having eaten Singapore/Malay cuisine before, but all 4 of the dishes we ordered were phenominal. I could tell the ingredients were fresh, and the service was definitely timely and polite. The waiter provided us with a great recommendation for a chicken dish. We had a few drinks with the meal, which were maybe a tad overpriced, but they came nicely garnished and tasted good. The food was definitely worth it - there wasn't a single morsel left after we'd chowed down! One of our party was a native Philipino, who also found the food excellent. They gave us a coupon for a free appetizer on our next visit, which is a nice touch. I'll be back.

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Tropika on Robson
By juston_cha of Vancouver West (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

I love this place! the renovation is very modern although doesn't show any signs as to what kind of restaurant it might be. Walk up the stairs may be difficult for older diners, but worth it. Service is very friendly. Food is fat but yummy, and drinks menu is great too. The place feels clean and is located in a very convenient part of town. Parking is difficult or expensive, which is the biggest problem.

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Best Singapore Laksa in Vancouver
By scaly of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

We usually got to this place at least once a month to fix our spice cravings.

The waiters know us quite well as we usually order Singapore Laksa for lunch(only) ... it's literally the best one in Vancouver.

Other times we have ordered satay(chicken and lamb), sayur lemak. I've gone with work colleagues and have had the lunch combinations. All of the food has been great!!

I don't understand while Georgia Straight and Vancouver Courier always rate Banana leaf better than Tropkia. I've been to both of these restaurants and always Tropika has better food and service.

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A rushed night out
By frodowm of van (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

The food at Tropika was good and tasty. I would not say it was outstanding, but my friends and I had our good share of food.

The one thing that is bringing my rating down is the service. From the beginning my friends and I felt very rushed. We were rushed to order, since just 3 minutes after sitting down we were asked if we were ready to order, which we clearly were not. Our food menus were not open yet, since we were still deciding on drinks.

However, after ordering, our food came very quickly, which we were quite pleased about, and our drinks were very timely too. This should've been a clue that they wanted us to hurry and eat. Before we finished our meals, the plates were taken away. We ordered dessert, and just a few minutes after the dessert was placed in front of us, the bill came (we were only half-way through the dessert). And a few minutes later, before we finished our dessert, someone came by to pick up the bill (which we hadn't paid yet). We had to tell the waiter we were not ready yet, although our half-eaten dessert should have been a clue.

We were then told that they needed this table, as there was another reservation.

I've been to many other restaurants, where they will warn you ahead of being seated, that we would need to vacate by x time because there was another reservation. Had we have known that, we probably would not have been so miffed. I believe they didn't tell us this, because we most likely would've walked out to another restaurant where we would not have such a short time limit to enjoy our meal.

It was a busy Friday night, but some courtesy and warning would have been better than the rushed and curt service that we received.

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Pleasant experience
By rylsiem of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

After reading many reviewers, I decided to give Tropika a try after having been to the Banana Leaf and Prima and thankfully I did. It was an overall good experience.

I had the Sate (2 beef, 2 lamb, 1 pork and 1 chicken) skewers as the appetizer, which all turned out to be tender and tastefull pieces of meat. The peanut sauce was also decent enough. I also tried 1 chicken cuff, which has a nice appealing look and a nice curry flavour to it.

For my main dish, I tried the Kari Kambing (lamb curry), which was to my surprise quite a lot and served in a large bowl. The meat had a very tender and nice flavour to it.

The interior is modern (Robson location) and not typically the South east Asian design. I had a view on Robson.

I found the waiters very attentive and usually within a couple of seconds, one of the waiters was with me to serve any needs I may had. I came in on a Sunday evening at around 6pm and found that reservations were definetly needed. Because I came on my own, I only had to wait half an hour, but parties for larger than 4 would have to wait an hour and a half.

Overall very pleased with everything and would definitely return. Now I just hope that the Cambie location is just as good...

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Recommended
By sjones of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

This is a tried and tested place for delicious Malaysian/Thai food. Been here a couple of times and the taste has been consistently good.

The menu is large, but we normally order our favorites the satays (beef, chicken, pork, lamb) with peanut sauce dip, Roti Canai (Malay bread) with curry dip, and Sambal Bunchies (green beans and prawns in coconut sauce). This time we also included fried rice, roasted chicken, and a steamed fish dish. All the food were tasty and delicious. I especially like the pairing of sauces to the dishes. The satays with peanut sauce works marvelously. So does the curry with Roti Canai and the chili pepper/garlic sauce with the chicken.

The dishes are reasonably priced especially for the quality you get. Food came out fast and the servers were polite and attentive to our table. Other positives include the tastefully modern decor and nice ambient lighting. The restaurant is on a second floor and overlooks Robson street which means it can get busy at dinner weekend nights, and there might be lineups down the flight of stairs. One negative is that there's only two washrooms one for men and one for women.

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I hate it when...
By muimuimui of Coquitlam (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 30, 2009 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I go to a restaurant that serves me food that I could make better.

I went with a date on a Friday night, pretty nice atmosphere, the place was bustling. We were acknowledged but not really 'greeted' per se, although I didn't mind that at all. After a small wait we were seated, and proceeded to have no clue what to order. Thus we asked for the waiter's recommendation. This waiter was not the same one we had for the majority of the night, and he did a fairly poor job of explaining the menu. Without much of his help, we ordered the satays, seafood hotpot, and pineapple fried rice.

The satay sticks had a very nice flavour, and not too dry. Thumbs up.
I did not try very much of the seafood hotpot but the shrimp and tofu puff both had a very nice flavour. My date thought it was too hot though. Personal preference i guess.
However, the pineapple fried rice was all presentation, no substance. It looked rather pretty, but when it came to taste, the only distinguishing one really was the pineapple. Everything was bland. I swear I could do better.

Our main waiter was a very friendly individual. We were eating close to closing, and the kitchen was having last call halfway through our meal, but we were thinking of dessert. He dealt with the situation very well while we were perusing the dessert menu, even though in the end we did not get one. Nice service at least on our occasion.

Would I go back? Possibly to try the roti canai that I didn't get the chance to eat. Otherwise, I'm thinking most of this stuff is nothing special.

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solid, but richmond branch is better
By wcollar of Kitsilano (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

food:
had one of their lunch special and it was just ok. felt a little bit like it was just a bunch of unrelated food thrown together, but it tasted allright. richmond branch is better with food, i think.

service:
was decent. quick and informative, but didn't take a lot of initiative to talk or smile that much. overall solid.

ambience:
very pretty private bathroom! lately i always look at bathrooms as an indicator of restaurant quality and hygene. interior of restaurant is nice too. love how its quiet on second floor, overlooking busy robson street-very nice contrast.

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Umm... hard to say...but Ok ..
By funtoeat of Ladner, Delta (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

This is the first time that I had Malaysian food. It's hard to say how I like it. Overall it's ok, the taste between Thai and Chinese, so I don't know to explain. Maybe if somebody like it, they will say good. I had curry with fish(seabass), it's ok, fish cooked perfect but curry sauce 's ok but different from Thai curry.

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Pretty Good Malaysian Food
By chow-foodie of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

Went the other night with friends. Service was great even when it was busy and the food came out in a decent time. As a special treat, we splurged and had the chilli crab which was right on as far as taste and spices. The satay sticks were okay. Malaysian curries were good too especially the roti wraps. We love Thai and Malaysian food so were always going to various restaurants to find the best. Nice decor.

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