Tropika – 1128 Robson Street
On a chilly Friday evening, I went to Tropika with a group of friends to enjoy some malaysian & thai cuisine. My knowledge to malaysian food usually consists of what I learned from going to Banana leaf over the years aka not much. Tropika is located on Robson Street which is filled with restaurants with different cuisines going from French and Italian, through Japanese and Korean and finishing with Thai and Malaysian. Needless to say, we were not alone in the restaurant. It was packed with customers, a good indicator of how delicious the food is. We were brought to our tables fairly quickly since we had a reservation.
The food was delicious. For seafood lovers, Tropika has an extensive selection of fish, shrimp, lobsters,… The appetizers looked very tempting and most of them were pescatarian-friendly. For strict vegetarian, Tropika also has a vegetarian menu. I decided to eat two appetizers instead of one main. I ordered the roti canai and the shrimp cakes. I have had roti canai before this day after my Indian Friend introduced me to this dish at Banana leaf and I have been hooked since then. Tropika didn’t disappoint me. The roti canai was, as expected, a bit oily, but it wasn’t heavy on the stomach and the sauce was a bit spicy to add a little kick to the dish.
As for the shrimp cakes, I had never ate that dish before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was delicious though, a bit more chewy than I thought it would be, but it was still nice and the little dip that came with it was nice and a good balance to the fried texture of the cake.
For desserts, my friends and I shared the fried bananas. Two fried bananas came with a scoop of ice cream and whipped cream. The warm banana was a nice contrast to the cold ice cream and the fluffy whipped cream. Very delicious and highly recommended. 🙂
The service was also nice. The waiters are polite and overall efficient. There was a bit of a delay between the mains and the desserts, but, like I said, the place was packed and they might have been temporarily overwhelmed.
Overall, I had a nice experience at Tropika. It’s not any different from Banana leaf, but it’s nice to discover a new restaurant. I would come back if I had to go downtown and fancied some thai cuisine.