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Tropical Chinese Restaurant

Map & Directions 7991 Bird Road
Miami, FL 33155
  • Chinese, Dim Sum
  • Sun 10:30am-10pm, Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sat 11am-3:30pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Banquet Facilities, Catering, Kid Friendly, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted, Recommended for Large Parties, Recommended on Weekends
  • Lot Available


Miami New Times' Description

Tropical Chinese is still going strong after more than 30 years in the biz. The interior is a palette of reds and black, dimly lit by glowing crimson lanterns. A wall of glass separates diners from the dumpling-making and wok-rolling in the brightly lit kitchen. Drop in for dim sum on weekends, when roast pork buns, shrimp in rice noodle rolls, sesame balls, and custard pots are usually less than $10 a dish. The dinner menu is chock full of offerings, from the traditional to the exotic. Appetizers include wok-fried salt-and-pepper-style calamari ($9.50) and the fun-to-eat "rainbow pancake," featuring four wraps to fill tableside with vermicelli noodles, wood ear mushrooms, shredded carrot, cabbage, scallions, and freshly ground peanuts glazed with plum sauce ($10.50). A must-have entrée is the crispy flounder boat, made from the fish and supporting a decorative basket filled with wok-tossed salt-and-pepper-style nuggets of flash-fried flounder, crisp wine-battered banana slices, and broccoli florets ($28.95). Another favorite is the roasted garlic cloves with prawns simmered in a hot pot with black mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and fresh spinach ($17.50). There's also the curry chicken in hot pot ($12.50) and sizzling black pepper beef, stir-fried with shredded green pepper, onion, and Tropical's signature black pepper sauce ($14.50). Tucked just across the way from Tropical Park is some of the best Chinese food in Miami.

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  • Eater on 01/14/11

    Miami's premiere dim sum palace, Tropical Chinese is a bit of a schlep for most, but worth the trip when it comes to old school, pick off the cart Chinese small plates. [Eater 38 Member]

  • vicequeenmaria on 08/18/10

    Great Sunday dim sum brunch. Very authentic menu.

  • Harrison H. on 05/17/10

    Go for the Orange Flavored Beef and General Tso's Chicken. Amazing!

  • The Feast on 06/05/11

    They offer staples like fried rice and honey chicken but what makes them unique is the dim sum. With carts circling around, accept the dishes that you want and let the ones you don't pass on by.

  • Miami New Times on 06/26/13

    Best of Miami 2013- Best Dim Sum: Tropical Chinese. Try their Dim Sum until 3:30, BBQ pork buns, leek dumplings, and always enjoy soy sauce on the side.

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