Tropika used to be at Aberdeen mall but now they have moved to Lansdowne mall. The new location is where the California Cafe used to be. We actually tried to go to Yah Yah Ya Ramen first but they were closed on Mondays, then we tried to go to G-Men but they were also closed…hence we ended up at Tropika since I had read a post about it by Vancity Noms.
Surprisingly, the interior was super fancy and classy looking. It did not feel like you were eating at a Malaysian restaurant at all. We totally over ordered and the old lady beside us stared at us and she was like “wow you guys are big eaters eh?”… SO awkward… =S
My friend really wanted Hot and Sour soup so we got the only size which was a medium. We did not expect it to be this big. This was enough for like 4-5 individual bowls. The soup was not too thick and more on the sour side but wasn’t that good.
This was the Rendang Beef Curry with Roti Canai. You get a choice of chicken, beef or lamb curry but I think there was an extra charge for the lamb. I loved the flaky roti and the beef was very tender. The curry could’ve been spicier and creamier but it went well with the roti. I actually ordered this just for the roti since I was craving it and it was only $8.50 too. The portion of beef isn’t very big though but it’s about the same as Kaya Malay Bistro. I haven’t actually eaten that much roti before so I can’t say how good it is.
We also had the Rendang Lamb Curry with rice. This was served with a bit of salad on the side and some fried wonton skins. The lamb did have a slight gamey flavour though but the curry was the same as mine. This was $8.95 since there is slightly more food than my roti combo and it was on a different lunch menu so there was no “extra charge”?
Our other appy was the Shredded Pork in Sticky Rice. The rice was wrapped in banana leaves and it comes with 2 pieces.
There really wasn’t that much pork and this was really not worth it! The rice did have some flavour from the banana leaves though but you’re pretty much just eating sticky rice and it wasn’t special.
I think prices for lunch are pretty reasonable and the nice atmosphere inside really added to the experience even though we had some hits and misses. Dinner is probably more expensive though and I didn’t find anything bad about the service despite the negative reviews.