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Edmonton - Tropika Barely Mediocre

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Edmonton - Tropika Barely Mediocre

ihatepickyeaters | Aug 11, 2008 10:50 AM

I've gotta have a good meal out soon. With two disappointments this week (see my review of oriental veggie house) and now Tropika, I'm going to somewhere solid and dependable next. Probably Boualoung.
Anyway, my SO and I were headed to Syphay not realizing that they are currently closed for summer holidays. Since we were parked and starving, we decided to go to Tropika, next door. I have read mixed reviews on here but couldn't remember what people say to order. The restaurant wasn't packed, but there were quite a few busy tables. It was 31 degrees outside so we drank only water. We ordered three dishes: Thai Style Green Curry (chicken), pad thai, and Sambal Bunchies (green beans). The best of the three was the green bean dish. It wasn't spicy, even though the word "sambal" was in the title, but I got over that and enjoyed the crunchiness and was very glad they weren't overcooked. The worst dish was the pad thai. I don't care for it in general, but my SO must try it everytime we are in a new place that offers it. There were several problems with this dish. When it first came out, I thought it looked like spaghetti and tomato sauce. It wasn't spaghetti, but the noodles were thicker than most vermicelli noodles. The sauce was ketchup-y, and the shrimps were almost non-existent. There were maybe three in the whole dish and they were very small. The tofu was the best part, but since it was covered in the sauce, it wasn't so good. It was served with a bunch of shredded, wilted, brown-edged iceberg lettuce. ew. As for the green curry, we both took one bite and looked at each other and said that it tasted a lot like the curry paste we currently have in our fridge. The kind we bought at TnT Market. But I think when we make green curry, it tastes better. This one was in need of more coconut milk since it was watery and not creamy at all. It was dark green. The chicken was good, but the veggies were lacking - upping the variety would have been nice. Rice didn't come with the curry, so we ordered some when it came and it was very dry. It did come out of the kitchen in about 2 minutes, so no surprise it was dry. The service was robotic but good - my water was always refilled - but the waiter kept trying to "upsell" us. He asked us many times about appetizers and dessert and alcoholic drinks. In the end, I wouldn't go back. If there are dishes chowhounders swear by, I might go once and try them, but based on this experience, I would rather make my own green curry at home.

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