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About East is East - Main St
Our food consists of thoughtfully prepared recipes that will take you on a culinary journey along the ancient Silk route.
As evening descends upon the vibrant city of Vancouver, Chai Lounge comes to life like the courts of the eastern Raja's. Imagine a warm, dreamy and visually arresting venue where global sounds cascade the room over the din of lively conversations. Spicy scents waft from the kitchen followed by an abundance of delicious trans-himalayan cuisine.
Chai Lounge is our landmark location. There is no place like it in Vancouver,and visitors from near and far marvel at the ornate carpets, ceiling mandala's, and the nature-inspired furnishings.
The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers. We ask for a small patronage fee of $3 per person which goes to support all the live local music at East is East. Because we are very busy we hold tables for 2 hours. We look forward to serving you.
Indian, Mediterranean, Southeast Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
28th Ave E
CAN$30 and under
Music is a cornerstone of East is East and Chai Lounge. Every night at Chai Lounge is a musical one. The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers from Spain,India, China, Persia, Romania, Canada and more, playing traditional and modern instruments in rare and unique combinations.
Whether you are a music lover, or just a casual listener interested in expanding your musical vocabulary, Chai Lounge is a gateway to an exciting world of sound.
We offer catering for fundraisers, private and corporate functions, weddings etc.
Underground customer parking
Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
East is East - Main St Ratings and Reviews
I had a friends birthday dinner and everything was amazing. Service staff was exceptional and food was delicious. However a double gin and tonic was $15 BEFORE tax and tip which is outrageous. That would be the only reason I'd hesitate to go back. Ambiance was cozy and the chai tea's were the best I've ever had.
Great ambiance and able to talk without it being too loud. Food was amazing. I had a business meeting, but would definitely come back with my spouse.
I went at 2 o clock. They have live music but not this early.
Great food, choices for vegetarian and omnivore.
Excellent choice for date or for a get together
Very cold where we sat at window
Understaffed and gave priority to large group over us. They ordered after us and got food before.
Great food but very slow service. Not good for business lunch.
Our Chai Feasts were delicious...as always. Many good vegetarian options on the list. Love the decor. It's exotic and fun and the staff are just the right mix of attentive and warm and not at all obtrusive.
I love East is East and hadn't been in a long time so was excited for a rare dinner out with a couple of friends. The food was delicious, as always. Unfortunately, the service was terrible that night. We waited 30 minutes to order a drink - it wasn't busy, we had a 5pm reservation. We would have waited longer had I not flagged down the hostess to direct a server to our table.
The two glasses of wine were brought to the table ahead of the cocktail, which took another 5 minutes. The food arrived promptly after we ordered but we had to ask for the condiments which are normally served with the meal.
It was great to catch up with my friends! Our only regret is that we hadn't chosen to spend our money elsewhere.
Costly for what you get. Tasty but could have gone elsewhere just as good for cheaper. They charge $3/person for live music entertainment. You can opt out but you have to mention it to your server otherwise they automatically put it on your bill. The fact that they apply this surcharge to your bill turned me off in my experience to enjoy the restaurant. I was not there for the music, I came there for the food. If they want the live music, then the Restaurant should not make patrons feel obligated to pay. Leaving a tip jar would have been a better approach.
Fine time all around
The food was absolutely outstanding. However the service i received was very poor. Not worth the time or the money spent. Even though the food was very good that did not excuse my server to neglect me and my friend throughout the entire evening. It was a waste of a trip and we are never going back again.
It's been years since I've eaten at East is East, and unfortunately for me, their cuisine has now become exclusively to Indian/spicy, and not at all Middle Eastern. Pity, I love Middle Eastern food...
Our group had some dietary restrictions and everyone’s needs were met. Food delicious. Lovely server and fabulous band.
East is East is a good restaurant, great ambiance, food is always decent and some evening they have live music which is always a nice change.
Absolutely waste of money. Don’t ever try Big NO NO.....Don’t get impressed by their website
I’m a regular patron at East is East. I love their food and ambiance.
This time was the most disappointing experience I’ve had here. Terrible service by seemingly new untrained staff. We didn’t get the usual welcome drink until we asked for it TWICE!
Server was not aware that the dish I ordered was unavailable in the kitchen, had to come back with half order and asked me what I want to change it to!!
and later another server miscommunicated our order for additional plates.
No effort was made to make up for the blunders.
We really enjoyed East is East. Excellent food ,excellent service. I won't hesitate to recommend this place which I have been to all my friends and relatives. And will be coming again and again!
Really enjoyed our meal! The food and service was excellent. Thanks
Great food as always and love the ambiance. Seating was uncomfortable.
LOVE this place. Live music, fantastic ambiance and the food is spectacular. Lots of plant-based and gluten free options as well.
Excellent Food. A delightful explosion of taste and spice. A real treat.
Great food, lots of vegetarian options, friendly service, yummy IPA beer and lovely red wine, very cheery relaxed atmosphere. I loved the music (was jazz when I was there) but would suggest you book a table farther away from the stage area if conversation is a key element of your dining occasion. We plan to make it one of our regular dine-out spots!
We went to celebrate a friend's recent marriage and it was a wonderful meal. Everything was delicious and it was an intimate setting.
I love the food and atmosphere here as it is always cozy and has lovely service.
However the amount of food you get can vary a great deal. I ordered the same lunch within one month and the second time, the quantity was less than half. Several items were completely missing yet I paid the same amount. If I had received the second meal the first time, I may not have gone back. The food was still delicious but it was very surprising to get so much less!
Fantastic place. Great ambiance and delicious food.
Great food. Great tea. We were here for an early dinner so we got a nice corner area to ourselves. Would definitely come back for the all you can eat
Was a great experience
The taster plates were so well done and every dish was a hit
We came late on a rainy night. They were very accommodating and took us to our table promptly. The middle eastern decor is stunning and is nothing like other you would find in Vancouver. The whole place feels very organic if you are into real tree trunk tables and chairs. The food were hearty and you could really taste the freshness of the ingredients. Is real comfort food for those who love spices. Live show was okay, not spectacular. Well come back again.
My new favourite restaurant! Made a reso for a friends bday and we had the best time.
Phenomenal food, great value. If you're in the mood for eastern cuisine, it is tough to be disappointed. Will go again a million times over. Was a first time for a friend of mine, and his mind was blown away by the great atmosphere and good nature of servers.
Service was superb other than took quite a long time for some to let us pay our bill at the end, and due to shift changes was tough to flag anyone down.
Took my best friend out for dinner and we loved it. The ambience was amazing, and the food was impeccable. Service was very accommodating and overall a very comfortable, cozy space.
Perfect place for younger people and older people vegan or not Cozy atmosphere with good selection of food for everyone. The bonus birthday cake was a plus. Service was a little slow but very friendly. Music was not my taste and a little loud but suitable for that atmosphere.
Food and entertainment were great. Service was terrible. After we ordered appetizers , we did not see our server for an hour.
We had to order our food from another server. No one seem really concerned about us having lack of service.
I loved tha food and the atmosphere but i was told over the phone that there would be entertainment at 6 and we were there from 5-7pm and there was no entertainment so the birthday treat was not what i was hoping for to share with my friend who had never been there
It was really great, the food, the service and the ambiance. The one disappointing thing was they put us at a very small table with uncomfortable seats. It looks like we were the only ones with this type. For someone who made a reservation ahead of time this was disappointing. Otherwise keep up the great work!
Made a reservation early in the afternoon which we were quite happy about when we got there and every table was filled! Led straight to our table and were outfitted with wine and food in no time. Our server was so sweet and the food was outstanding. So many amazing flavours. Would definitely come again for another special occasion.
Absolutely delicious and it was my birthday - I got a free dessert and song! The live music was beautiful! The bathroom was gold too and cool yay!
Love the food and atmosphere. The service was not especially warm or friendly this time around, but it may have just been the particular staff on that day. We have had a wonderful, welcoming experience in the past, so will try again to be sure.
I loved the mushroom soup! Also, the bread with the potatoes inside was most delicious. All the dishes the four of us tried were very good. There was a good choice of vegan/ vegetarian dishes to choose from.
As usual, East is East did not disappoint. The food and ambience was incredible.
Good if you crave some eastern flavours, specially by ordering the "feast". Service very much lacking: speed and attentiveness is not part of this experience (multiple visits have proven this is a consistent flaw), however I still find the food and overall experience is worth the visit. The live music is often too loud, so if you are looking to socialize with your party over conversation, you will notice this. For this reason, I do not recommend going here with new people you are hoping to get to know over dinner.
The magic of this restaurant permeates all areas of service, food quality, music & entertainment. When the female spirit is present in this capacity there is nothing that can surpass the nurturing spirit customers experience!
Thank you for a beautiful, wholehearted evening!
We'll be back!
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