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“There are better options for Malaysian food”
Review of Tropika

Tropika
Ranked #1,186 of 3,945 Restaurants in Vancouver
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Shaughnessy
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Our friends wanted to meet here for lunch so it was a good opportunity to try a different Malaysian restaurant than our usual haunts.

The first thing I noticed when we sat down were the plates: they were heavy, white porcelain diner plates that were so badly marked that they were mostly grey. Not very appetizing or classy. When we asked if they could make a vegetarian nasi goreng (Malaysian fried rice) the waiter said they couldn't--it wouldn't turn out right. I have never heard this anywhere before--even in Malaysia. Instead he suggested we have Teochew Fried Rice which turned out to be salty rice with egg in it. (I believe Teochew cuisine is neither Malaysian nor Thai, but Chinese.) At $12.95 this dish was over-priced. The other dish we ordered (a combo) was okay but the portion was quite small. Our friends ordered soup, egg rolls, gado gado and a sambal green bean dish; they enjoyed theirs very much.

It wasn't busy (noon on a Saturday) and the waiter was friendly and gave us plenty of time to decide on our dishes and left us to talk long after we had finished our meal. I assume the complaints about rushed and rude service were at dinner time because we didn't experience anything like that.

Our experience wasn't bad, but I would opt for a different restaurant before coming back. There are much better options for Malaysian food in Vancouver.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

We loved it here. This restaurant is superb. The service was second to none - kindness and courtesy typical of the far east but the real treat was the lemon chicken. This dish was wonderful and what brought us back for a second visit. The food generally is very good but the lemon chicken is the best ever.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Food did not even taste like anything Singaporean, Malaysian nor Thai, more like home made chinese food. Service rushed and ALL servers were extremely rude! Food was cold and tasted bland. Waiters removed plates and glasses before we finished our meal. The bill was dropped to our table 1 hr into the meal and a waiter actually came to tell us to leave to accommodate people in waiting. Badly overpriced! These people are a joke and should not be working in the service industry. Richmond and Robson Tropikas are just as bad - not worth a dime.

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Thank H S
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

The decor is Asian and the place was recommended to us by local Vancouverites. We were among the only non-Asians in this busy restaurant. The food is delicious and since the 3 of us shared everything, we got to sample a nice portion of the menu. The seafood was terrific, the spring rolls were great, the noodles were fine, the vegetables were well prepared and the pineapple fried rice stole the show. There are excellent meat dishes of all kinds.The service was good. The prices, were fairly high but reasonable enough by Vancouver standards.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

We were very disappointed in this restaurant. From the patrons we saw there it is apparently popular with many Asians but we felt the waiter steered us wrong with his recommendation and it turned out to be a huge rip off. Perhaps if you know what to order you will fare much better. The appetizers were just ok, not memorable (spring roll, chicken curry puff and Malay bread which was really very disappointing, don't bother with it). But the biggest problem was with the main dish. We wanted some prawns and debated between two prawn dishes. We were encouraged by the waiter to order the Spicy Jumbo Prawns with vermicelli. The prawns were indeed large but that's because it was 3/4 huge shell !! and only a small prawn, which was overcooked. And it was very expensive. The waiter kept telling us how it was a specialty and that we'd enjoy it. Never did we imagine we'd end up with a big plate of prawn shell and have almost no prawn. So in other words we paid a lot for two large shell. Price gouging of non Asian tourists? We also ordered one of their specialties, an eggplant dish, which again was ok but nothing memorable. We would never go there again. Big mistake.

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