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Tropicana Caffe

Address: Shop 1, 227 Victoria St Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9360 9809
Email: staff@tropicanacaffe.com

Tags: mediterranean, breakfast, no cards, italian, wheelchair access

With the history dating back to 1980 and with top favorites like Pasta con Gamberi, Romana Turkish, Chicken salad, and Scaloppini al Limone; Tropicana Caffe is a not your everyday classic cafe. Since its establishment at the Victoria Street, just south from Kings Cross, Tropicana Caffe has not only been improving and innovating its services by finding new ways to serve its patrons but has also been giving back to society; this is a very very far change since its opening at a garage. They also started the Tropfest, which is the largest festival of short films in the world.

Armed with Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, the Tropicana’s menu is filled with dishes from mains to focaccias, bagels to salads, and pasta, which regularly changes. Breakfast meals are also served, from 6am up to 4pm, and with dishes, like the classic bacon and eggs to a mega breakfast, your day will have great start. Vegetarian dishes, like the Uova in Cocotte are also served. Coffee and tea and even Affogato dessert are available. All enjoyed while being immersed in an ambiance of excitement. The menu changes by adding things like soups in winter, to compliment the season. And if the weather permits it, you can enjoy your meal outdoors.

In 2004, they released a new feature for their customers to order their favorite meals. Online ordering offers food ranging from meat, fish and vegetarian, anything you would want to eat but you do not have the leisure of going there and standing in line.

From renovations to innovations, Tropicana has done it all. Since 2011 things have been changing for the better. What’s left to wonder is, “What’s next?”

Tropicana Caffe opened in 1980, and since then has moved locations, donated $20,000 to Sydney Children’s Hospital, opened an online store and started Australia’s largest amateur short film competition, Tropfest. Not bad for a humble Darlinghurst cafe. But many Tropicana patrons are unaware of the esteem of this institution; they simply enjoy the buzzy atmosphere, good value and famous salads of “the Trop”.

Inside you line up at one counter to order your food which then appears at a second counter a short while later. There is a massive range of focaccias and salads, as well as daily changing pastas and Italian-style main meals such as veal scallopine. The salads are famous for being large and filling enough to make a meal on their own and in winter soups are added to the mix. In 2004 Tropicana added a bonus feature – online ordering. Browse the menu through parameters like “meat”, “fish” or “vegetarian”, click a button and hey presto! The real question is: what will Tropicana do next?

Sarah Theeboom, April 2007

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