Miami >Food & Dining > Tropical Chinese Restaurant
7991 SW 40th St, Miami, FL | Directions 3315525.733455 -80.325750
Yum Dim Sum – Is dim sum Chinese for tapas? I feel like it should be. Carts, small plates, yummy things, and I don't even need to be able to read Chinese, I just point and nod. Would I like to eat delicious things? Why of course I would.
Clams with basil – fresh and meaty clams in shao-xin sake broth with basil, garlic and ginger root
Worst experience ever! – Take out chinese at extremely high prices! This is the first time I have ever felt robbed at a restaurant. Would have spent less at PF Changs, gotten better food, better service, rice and drink refills. The Dim Sum appetizer was good, everything else was horrible. If you must go, stick with the Dim Sum, and get it to go.
By Far The Best Chinese In South Florida! – Sure it's not NY or San Francisco but for me the food at Tropical is the best in South Florida! I worked and ate in Chinatown in NYC for many years and I know many different kinds of Chinese food from Szechuan to Hong Kong and the food at Tropical is authentic and on the mark. Only place you can get a great selection Dim Sum every day. Don't miss Tropical's Sauteed String Beans, Chicken with Black Bean Sauce and Beef with Chinese Broccoli. The seafood is always fresh and I am getting hungry just writng this! Yum!
writer of previous post must be a part owner of the restaurants that were recommended – have eaten at tropical many times. The dim sum is very authentic and fresh. I lived in Asia for ten years and my wife is Chinese. Tropical is by far the best in South Florida. But, for my wife's birthday I decided to try another spot (actually ended up at two) based on the previous recommendations and the fact that we live in Boca.
First went to Grand Lake, The selection was average at best. Most items were not up to par. The lotus leaf w/sticky rice was flavorless. The fried turnip cakes were mushy. The stuffed tofu skins were small and the sauce was bland. worst of all were the egg tarts. They were actually made from pre-baked frozen tart shells that you get at a cheap buffet. never in my life has any other Chinese restaurant served these wonderful delights without making then fresh in the restaurant.
And most disappointing of all, I asked if they had my favorite dim sum item (baked bbq pork buns). They server replpied that they had them but it would take a while. (no problem) Ten minutes after we had finished our other items, out came the "char sau shu". I couldn't believe my eyes. They have used the same nasty frozen pre-baked tart shells to make this normally amazing item.
We left the restaurant and decided to try another suggestion from the previous review. The singing bamboo restaurant was better, more authentic but no where near the choice nor was the quality on par with tropical.
An honest review from people that really know chinese food. It's worth the drive to tropical any time.
For Dim Sum.....Forgetaboutit, Tropical is at the best marginal – For those who have experienced Dim Sum in (real) Chinatowns, ae. San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Boston,and Montreal, your expectations are obviously lowered due to the fact that the number of ethnic Chinese in the area can`t support a thriving Chinese Food District with streets of world class Chinese Restaurants. That said, and after reading the gushing positive reviews on multiple sites, off we were to Tropical. We had no wait to be seated...just lucky I guess cause a few minutes later quite few people que`d up for a brief wait for a table. Immediate push cart service began (a positive Dim Sum feature) and servers continued weaving their way through the restaurant stopping at every table displaying multiple Dim Sum entrees for purchase. I must say, the selection and friendly servers explained what the appetizers consisted of if it was a item you weren`t sure off. The taste of most of the offerings were at least average and a few were excellent. My issue was that over half of the Dim Sum selections were served at room temperature an not warm/hot whatsoever. This being noon time on Sunday, and with (heated) steam push carts, that should not be the case whatsoever. Mid-week or late afternoon, maybe, but not on a Sunday at 12:00 PM.
For those of you that are Dim Sum fanatics, I`m sorry but you`ll have to drive 60 miles north up I95 and head for Palm Beach County. There you will find 3 excellent Chinese Restaurant that really do Dim Sum right! I will list them in no particular order as I found all of them on par with similar offering in Chinatown restaurants.
1899 N. Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
2845 N. Military Trl.
West Palm Beach, FL
7750 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL
overrated dim sum – Having lived in both sanfrancisco and nyc, I have known what great dim sum taste like. My family and I have eaten at Tropical Chinese many times and the first time we went, we were very impressed with the dim sum-- by far ,the best we have had in miami. Over the years however, the quality of the dim sum has declined and we are hesitant to go back there again.
Great dim sum and hard-to-find Chinese delicacies make this one of the most popular restaurants in town. – In Short
Fans flock to this Southwest Dade restaurant for the dim sum, especially on weekends. They come for the incredible Cantonese/Mandarin jewels like siu mai, stuffed eggplant, shrimp dumpling and peppery prawns. The dim sum is cheap, but dinner can be steep. Exotic entrees like sliced abalone with sea cucumbers near $50. Others run the gamut from $9 for delicious Singapore noodles to $23 for endangered shark's fin soup.
worst chinese food ever! – i heard a lot about this resturant, i have no idea why people get excited for this chinese food in a parking lot
in the middle of no where.
i've been in many chinese resturants in my life, the most expensive ones and the cheapest ones.
first of all this one is not cheap for the portions they serve, second,the food is not even close to be called chinese.
what kind of chinese resturant doesnt serve brown rice or sesame chicken?
service was horrible, the waiter was very nasty and thats why he didnt get a tip ( an i usually tip at least 20%), i asked for juice and was charged for a cocktail ( so check your bill) and for some reason chicken with mixed vegetables was more onion than vegetables and chicken.
i will for sure, save my chinese craving for my trips to new york.
The only1 in Mia, otherwise go2 LA, NYC – Ok, folks, let's be realistic here. Unless you're a visitor, otherwise your taste buds are in Miami just like me.
This is the best dim sum this city can offer and if you know another, don't be a "shelf-fish", post it. Or buy your plane tickets and go to LA or Flushing, NYC for the best dim sum your plane tickets can buy. (never mind about the Chinatown, all the best dim sum chefs went to Flushing after 911, silly)
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