October 28, 2013

Tropics Fine Cuisine Review

Photo source: Tropics official Facebook page.
This restaurant has been around for a few years already, so it's not exactly a novelty in the Zamboanga food scene. However, I think the place deserves more attention. I've never had a bad experience with them since they opened, so I'd like to at least dedicate one blog post to them.

N and I have been wanting to go to Tropics for a while now, but time seems to enjoy getting in the way of our plans. Anyway, we were ecstatic to discover that it was open when we arrived. Unfortunately, it was closed the last time we dropped by.

Anyway, Tropics has changed so much since the last time I actually dined there with my family. I mean that in a good way. They seemed to have renovated.

I wish I took photos of the bird cage they had in their outer dining area, but I didn't want to ruin my date with N because of my food blogger duties. The place is pretty nice, especially if you go there when no one's around. We practically had the place to ourselves a while ago.

Although the ambiance has improved, I noticed that they replaced their instrumental music playlist with a local radio station that I despise. I think that contradicted with the whole "fine dining" experience. I sure hope they just forgot to switch the music or something.

Moving on, our main agenda there was their steak. We actually wanted to order something else on the menu, but they didn't have it.

Steak ala pobre.
What I like about Tropics is that they are probably the only place in Zamboanga that offers steak at reasonable prices. Both our meals were priced at P245 each. I think it's pretty affordable considering you get a generous helping of juicy steak with a side dish of your choice. You also get a bowl of soup with each order.

Tropic pepper steak.

I went with mashed potato while N chose rice. They also serve pasta as a side dish.

I know the steak connoisseurs will kill me for this, but I asked for my steak to be cooked well done. Sorry, I can never stand the sight of blood in my food. Dinuguan is a whole different story, but I digress.

We were both pretty full after the meal. I was glad we didn't order anything else because our attention (or should I say stomachs?) would have been divided. Plus, I really think I wouldn't be able to eat more. I didn't even need to order dessert.

I loved their gravy, though I wish it was less thick. I had a difficult time pouring it. Also, their buttered vegetables go really well with the steak. They're definitely a bonus because this meal provides you with a serving from all the food groups.

I want to recommend this restaurant because I don't want it to close down like all the other places I've learned to love here in Zamboanga. I know it gives off "too snazzy" and expensive vibes, but their prices seem okay. I suggest visiting their official Facebook page for their menu if you'd like to review their prices before giving them a try.

Tropics Fine Cuisine
Villa Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City, Philippines

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