Tropikal Restobar is the new kid on the block when it comes to the Montreal restaurant scene. At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down many of the city’s restaurants both permanently and temporarily, and those still standing offering just take out and/or delivery service, Tropikal had the courage to open its doors to Montreal foodies last week, while the city is still in the grips of the pandemic, and they could only offer their new customers the take out or delivery options.
“My partners and I were discussing this concern for a while, and we decided that in these times, if a new restaurant quickly adapts to this situation it will do exponentially better,” said Kevin Selman, who is the owner of SPAR Training Montreal, and is part of Tropikal’s ownership triumvirate along with entrepreneur Jamal Gittens and renowned chef and restaurant owner Jae-Anthony Dougan, who will also be a contestant on CTV’s Master Chef Canada this spring.
Montreal’s new restaurant TropiKal exploding with flavour
“We saw the numbers made sense, where we could reduce labour costs, not have a significant overhead and still have a financial impact,” he added.
And thanks to the overwhelming support from the community, and a lot of hands-on involvement, Tropikal’s first week of operations garnered a great deal of positive feedback. “It was a blessing for us. There were a lot of people out there who were ready and willing to try this place,” said Mr. Selman.
Located at 3426 Notre-Dame Street West in the heart of St.Henri’s restaurant row area, Tropikal offers a menu created by Mr. Dougan that is a fusion of Caribbean, West African and Afro-Latin cuisine.
“We believe that food is a great way to someone‘s soul, and Jae is not only a respected business owner in his own right, he is a great chef, which makes for a great combination, said Mr. Selman. “Tropikal offers a powerhouse mouth-watering menu that will take your palate on a trip, where a lot of different vibes come together. So come and eat our food and feel like you’re on vacation.”
And Mr. Selman highly recommends the following items on Tropikal’s menu for those who have not yet taken such a culinary adventure: the jerk chicken poutine (which was created by Mr. Dougan, and has become a Montreal staple); the plantain donuts; the boneless chicken roti and the shrimp roti.
As well, once the plans are finalized and it’s safe for customers to dine in the restaurant, a rum cocktail bar will be added to cap off that perfect culinary vacation experience that’s waiting for you at Tropikal.