Tustin >Belacan Grill
These people are dishonest!!!! We had a horrible experience. We had a $200 gift card that they refused to honor. Apparently their system could not process it so we paid for our bill about ($150) in cash. They took our gift card and were told that their manager would give us a call the next day. He did not. I finally spoke to him 4 days later after several attempts to reach him. His response was "The best I can do is give you a gift card for $100" WTF?!!!! Why would I want a gift card for half the value of the gift card I had? I never ever want to go back to this place. As far as I'm concerned - they stole $200. I notified the person who gave us the gift card to contact the company that they purchased the giftcard from. Buyer beware. These guys are really shady. I have never had such a horrible experience
Delicious Roti. We go primarily for the Roti. Yes it's an appetizer, but it's the best. Grilled flat bread with amazing dipping sauce. We order one per person and a few entrees (chicken dishes are awesome) each time we go. Be sure to sample a few of thier Malaysian drinks, Lychee Ice is awesome.
Great food!. I had a chance to have lunch at Belacan Grill yesterday and the food was great! I had some sort of a beef dish and the sauce was amazing. Friendly staff as well.
Citysearch Editorial Review. Malaysian restaurants aren't easy to come by in Orange County, so it's no wonder fans cheered when Chef Ken Tan retrofitted the shuttered Tropika in Tustin into his second Belacan Grill location (the first is in Redondo Beach). His signature items include traditional Malaysian dishes like Nasi Lemak--rice steamed with coconut milk and served with anchovies, vegetables, and rendang (beef slowly cooked with coconut milk and spices). Other favorites are the steamed tofu stuffed with seafood or the Belacan fried rice, made with toasted shrimp paste. Before unfamiliar names or spices scare people away, however, rest assured that some clearly Americanized dishes sneaked into the menu. (Kung Pao chicken, we’re looking at you.) Most dishes are served family style, and the dining room is nice enough to make the restaurant a date-friendly spot.
Great Malaysian Food.
I went there for my birthday last year and really liked it. Yes, the restaurant was empty and the waiters weren't the in-your-face type, but I felt that it was nice and relaxing and I felt no rush to sit there and enjoy my meal.
I think the food was excellent -- might also helped that I actually ordered Malaysian food at Malaysian restaurant and not Thai food as mrlucasbrice did.
If you like Malaysian food, I definitely recommend this place. I would go back more often if the location was either nearer to my house or my office or other places I normally go to.
My wife and I went to this restaurant on a Saturday night because we saw the glowing review here and saw there was a good review in the L.A. Times. We were also looking for an Asian restaurant that had a full bar.
The place was a total disappointment. After reading those reviews, it's clear that either we stumbled into the wrong restaurant, or at one time the Tropika had a great chef who has sinced moved on.
Although it was a Saturday night, the place was nearly empty, a bad sign for any restaurant.
We started our meal with the eggrolls, which were kind of heavy and mushy inside. We shared two other dishes, the Pad Thai, and Mango Shrimp.
For some reason, the Pad Thai was pink. It was bland and uninspiring. The vegetables seemed like they were frozen and the mushrooms were unmistakably from a can.
The shrimp in the Mango Shrimp were large and they were cooked properly. But this was offset by the sauce, which was heavy and gloppy. They didn't bring any rice with this dish and we had to ask for some.
My wife ordered a Cosmpopolitan, which she said tasted "weird." It was a pale pink color instead of cranberry colored.
The waiter wasn't particularly attentive or friendly.
We won't be going back to this restaurant given the fact that there are good Thai, Chinese, and Indian restaurants in the area.
Orange County Malaysian restaurant offers an exotic fusion of Thai, Indian and Indonesian cuisine..
Dark furnishings, beamed ceilings, handsome wood flooring and a wall of Asian-style windows create a mood of simplicity throughout the overall space; festive lanterns illuminate the dining area. The full bar offers a tempting array of cocktails and appetizers for those in a grazing mood. While the less adventurous will find plenty of popular dishes like pad thai and chicken satay, the house specialties are Malay sizzling beef, Pangan sea bass, and ginger and scallion crab.
Okay. I admit it. I eat at this restaurant practically every day. I love Malaysian food, and this is the only place in OC to get it. If you are looking for a healthy yet delicious dining option, a great place to bring a date, a quick lunch before heading back to the office, or a place to bring your family on a gastronomical trip to an exotic land for a few bucks, this is the place to go.
Tropika is located in Enderle Center next to the famous Zovs Bakery. Lunch ranges from $7-$8 and dinner is mostly $9-$15, with a gigantic portion of barbecued sea bass wrapped in banana leaves and topped with a delicious chili sauce at $22. Other favorites include satay, tender grilled pieces of meat dipped in peanut sauce; lamb rendang, delicate lamb simmered in lemongrass, tumeric, tamarind, onion, chili, coconut milk, galangal, cinnamon, and star anise; Hainanese chicken, tender boiled pieces of chicken served with fragrant chicken rice and a ginger chili dipping sauce; roti prata, a crispy Indian-style flatbread dipped in curry sauce; and belachan kang kung, Chinese water grass stir-fried in shrimp chili paste. Tropika also serves exotic shaved ice dessertsthe same you would purchase at the famous hawker stalls of Asia. Ice is shaved to the consistency of snow, and then topped with ingredients such as palm sugar, coconut milk, colored jellies, and exotic flavored syrups.
Tropika also has a beautiful dark wood sports bar with a giant flat-screened TV for those of you who have to watch that game. Its decor is elegant yet simple, with bamboo benches and light music playing in the background. Its capacity is 120, so if you want to impress your friends with your knowledge of exotic cuisine, it would be a great place to throw a party!
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