East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

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CAN$30 and under
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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
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.

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
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4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrianN
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We loved our visit. Warm and welcoming staff. The all-you-can-eat tasting menu is worth every penny.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food (Chai feast -- got to taste many flavours), amazing chai, lovely service, and delightful live music on Thursdays! Pricier for 2, but worth it for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Food was fine. Music was great. Chai was delicious. Wood bench was very painful to sit on. Service was fast, attentive and polite.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A nice experience, good food, service ok. Best part is the beautiful space.

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HereToEat
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wine list only had sweet wines, a few dryer and less sweet would be better.

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VictoriaH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday dinner with my family was fantastic! Tried the rolls rather than the feast this time, and they were delicious. Was expecting flamenco entertainment, but the harp, cello, drum and vocals did not disappoint!
Thanks to all for a great night!

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RichardC
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Busy, exciting, fun! Great food in small portions so you can try lots of things - and the live music and dancing was awesome!

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Kirsten
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unique and amazing spot for dinner with your partner or with your pals.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food and the music. Noise level was perfect - still able to talk while listening to the music.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! My husband, who doesn't like Indian food, loves this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent but expensive.
The staff were very good and communicative.

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CollinR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Really cool date and party spot! Music was incredible! Really like how they give you samples when you first come in the door

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AlexG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent spot for a dinner date! $30 for unlimited access to menu items is a nice bonus. I stuffed myself silly, then relaxed the rest of the night to live music and talented dancers. Overall, a night to remember.

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cookN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was sensational. The Silk Road Feast was exactly that! A great way to sample a number of dishes. Well presented and super tasty!

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SueR
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First time there. Will be back. Great friendly service and lots of choices. Lots more for us to try.

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RobertS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always good here. It’s a little pricey. Especially the drinks considered the 5oz wine pours but over all it’s a great place to enjoy yourself. Special thanks to Emma our server. She was very patient with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went here for my birthday party with 10 family members and it was absolutely amazing the food came out quickly and everything was such great quality! The music was live and beautiful and the ambiance was not too loud I had such a great time thank you so much❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Great evening but there shouldn’t be a wait to seat us if we had reservations.

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Deborah
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Funky restaurant, delicious food, warm,friendly and attentive service! Mood setting music completes the feeling of traveling to an exotic country! Will definitely come back!

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Groupdin
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our server was excellent - very knowledgeable, helpful, effiicent. Great live music, not too loud. Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

My husband ordered the feast and was very pleased. Good value and tasty options. I ordered the lamb kebab and the meat was very tough but the sauce so yummy! Overall a very nice time.

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vip2SushiLovers
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the musicians!!

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Piggy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing foods, cozy ambiance, lively music, and great service! My friend and I had a fantastic experience at our first visit East is East. I loved Afghan Eggplant, Tibetan Mantu and Darjeeling Masala Chai!! We definitely go back and want to try the other dishes.

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StuartG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

It’s always a pleasure to visit East is East. Our young sons try the feast and try almost everything on the menu. The very tasty food comes piping hot and served with a smile. A welcome change to all things fast food

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NicoleD
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Was so happy! Awesome food, only one miss. Real bang for your buck for dine out. Service was fantastic and made the experience. Music was lovely.

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vipDanielaM
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Was great ! Went for my birthday and will be back for sure . Love the food it’s always delicious 😋 thank you !

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vipDWSoul
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I should come here more often. A nice change of pace from the typical fate and ambiance of so many Vancouver restaurants. A nice night. To be repeated soon.

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GloriaH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So great to sample various dishes in perfect portions. Each dish was very tasty & service superb!

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Gilbert
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place . I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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AnthonyDo
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Great ambiance, decent food but lacks quantity for the price value.

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KristaM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best vegetarian food in Vancouver and my favourite restaurant!!

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eveh
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Very uncomfortable seating. Tables not large enough to accommodate food and plates. Food was very mediocre. Service was rushed. Better places to eat for the price.

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Milou
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly , good food, atmosphere and music , little Main 's street gem !

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TiffanyK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was there for NYE and had an awesome time. Food was great and so was the service!

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KathrineD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our third visit was December 31 2019.A wonderful way to spend the last night of the year and bring in the new year.The food as always was delicious ,and the entertainment ,amazing.
This place has a magical formula, we love it.

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SNRN
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience and food. Love the chai feast option where you can taste a variety of items for a cost effective price.

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Ginnyw
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The night I attended is too crowd. The table besides us is too close. the noise level is difficult for me to enjoy the conversation with my friends. The live music is not always there.

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GaryP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

4 of us for dinner, could not ask for better service and the food was outstanding

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DonH
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Our family had an early dinner at 5:30 pm before going to a show. We have two vegetarians, one keto and one meat eater. Everyone loved the varied menu and their courses. The eggplant mushroom dish is outstanding. The chicken masala delicious and tender. The cucumber salad tasted bright and scrumptious. The curry dishes were spot on with a full, rich flavor that bloomed on the tongue without being too spicy hot. We will absolutely eat here again and again.

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AvivaR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, great food, great service, highly recommend!

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East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 565-4401.

East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street is rated 4.6 stars by 677 OpenTable diners.

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