Ellie Tropical Cuisine
1111-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond, BC, V6X 3Z9
Take a taste of Southeast Asia’s favourite dishes in one tidily-packaged Richmond restaurant.
|Cuisine Type |||Asian, Malaysian|
|Ambiance |||Casual, Family Style|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Teas, Dinner|
|Amenities |||No Alcohol|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Getting There |||On the 98 B-Line, take the Aberdeen stop and walk one block east on Cambie St. to Sexsmith Rd.|
|Cross Street |||In Continental Square on Cambie St.|
|Tues-Thurs: 11:30AM-3PM and 5:30PM-10PM Fri-Sun: 11:30AM-10PM closed Monday|
Profile Last Updated: June 23, 2008
Ellie Tropical Cuisine offers tasty, unpretentious Southeast Asian food at bargain basement prices. The lengthy menu spans a variety of cuisines. To start, order the Thai tom yam gong soup with lemon grass shrimp, tomato and cilantro. For the entrée, jump across the strait to Malaysia with dishes like roti canal, sambal anchovies and satay chicken. The Singaporean Hainanese chicken is a bestseller, with tender boneless white chicken and generous dollops of homemade ginger and green onion dip. For dessert, try one of the many drinks inspired by Taiwanese bubble teas.
… And Drinks
Like the food menu, the drinks selection is extensive. Take your pick from teas, both hot and cold, bubble teas, smoothies, slushies, shakes, shaved ice, even sarsaparilla. Try one of the summer-inspired smoothies, made with tropical fruits like pineapple, mangoes, coconut and kiwi. Food portions are generous and can be easily split between two people. Some dishes are spicy, ranging from mild to tastefully hot.
The 40-seater restaurant evokes a relaxed tropical charm with its lime-green walls, palm trees and four black-and-white Escher prints that take over both sides of the walls. Service is prompt and perfunctory. Unlike many hole-in-the-walls that serve cheap, authentic Asian food, Ellie is fairly spacious and spotless with simple but tasteful décor. It does no advertising and relies solely on word-of-mouth clientele. Word must be spreading, because even on weekday nights, business can get pretty hopping.