I used to live in Raval, and as soon as something new comes up there I'm curious to check it out. Usually it's something different and fun, and when I heard about Tropico I wanted to go immediately.
The idea behind Tropico is to bring the authentic and tropical into an approachable Nordic setting. The place is big (but inviting!) and the decoration is very Berlin. I felt like I was having a brunch in Friedrichshain when we were sitting by the huge wooden table, with an old school map on the wall, vintage cutlery and plain white walls. So don't let the name fool you, there is nothing folkloric about this place.
We went for brunch, which turned out to be an excellent idea. There were brunch options from all over the world, and it was a rather difficult task to choose what to go for. There are pancakes, açai bowls, hummus, arepas, huevos rancheros, eggs Benedict, ceviche... I loved to see exciting new brunch options like Msemen, which according to the menu is an arabian-style crepe with a cheese spread and honey, served with scrambled eggs and cilantro. Cool, right?
But we couldn't resist and opted for the more traditional brunch dishes. But there was nothing traditional or boring about them: we had the Tropico beef burger with plantain, tomato, lettuce and a huancaina sauce:
And the Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs on English muffins, pastrami and hollandaise sauce served with potatoes and salad with sauerkraut:
The burger was juicy and tasty and the plantain and exotic sauce made it interesting and different), and the Eggs Benedict were really flavorful, the pastrami was so tasty and gave the eggs an extra oomph. And, very important, they can make the dish gluten free! I tried it gf and it was excellent.
So we thought maybe we wouldn't have space for more. But we did. We ordered pancakes with cream cheese frosting berries and maple syrup:
And an enormous piece of carrot cake with candied fruit on top. Please note in order to get an idea of the dimensions here that the fork is NOT a dessert fork :)
The pancakes very fluffy and tasty and the carrot cake was just perfectly moist. So do save some space for desserts!
The smoothies deserve a special mention too. There were quite a few tropical drinks to choose from, and the presentation is gorgeous:
I loved the brunch, and I really want to go back for more gastronomic experiences here. I'm dying to try the tropical dinner dishes where a lot of effort has been put in to make them as genuine as possible. No fusion here! The tropical cocktails look amazing too, and very elaborated. Should you feel like having brunch but you're too busy during the weekend they will soon start serving brunch during weekdays too (Tuesday to Friday in addition to the weekend).