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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

CR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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

AG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

N
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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!

SR
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

RS
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.

OT
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❤️

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

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

D
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!

G
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.

OT
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.

SL
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the musicians!!

P
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.

SG
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

ND
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.

DM
Vancouver
17 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 !

DW
Vancouver
30 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.

GH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

G
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

AD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

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

KM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best vegetarian food in Vancouver and my favourite restaurant!!

e
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.

M
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

TK
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!

KD
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.

SN
Vancouver
9 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.

G
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.

GP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

DH
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.

AR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

B
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Good was excellent, service was unacceptable. We booked a large lunch group well in advance but they were clearly understaffed. Apologies or explanations were never offered for long delays or absent servers. I had to walk up to the bar to ask for water and my colleagues waited probably over 30 minutes for 2 sides to arrive. Food was excellent but when we have an auto 18% grat added to the bill - unimpressed.

JS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Love the food, great flavour without just heat. The chai has good spice, but is a little sweet. Presentation is well done with just the right amount of food.

DC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place for great food, friendly service, stunning atmosphere.

KD
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

love this place ! Always fun to take folks from out of town here because the food is SO good and the music and atmosphere is lovely

AM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely love everything about this place. It has such an authentic and magical feel to it, the music is always great and the food is amazing! I love the all you can eat style smaller portion servings and how many vegan options there are. The only issue I have ever had was with my latest time. We got a table for 6:15 PM because we had a small child with us, but we wanted to see some of the music. Online it says the music starts between 6-7 and that tables are permitted to stay for two hours. We thought this would be perfect timing to catch some of the set. But when we left at 8 and the music hadn't started we were a bit disappointed. On a normal night this wouldn't have been an issue, but I consider this restaurant to be a "special occasion" kinda place, and it was infact my University Graduation night, so I was very much looking forward to the music. ANYHOW, amazing place, small issue and I definitely recommened (just go later than you think if you want to catch the music)

CC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The $35 feast is basically all-you-can-eat, ordering off the menu, in smaller portions. Allows you to try everything! (Like dim sum)

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you so much! We really enjoyed our Chai feasts and Eastern Ecstasy dessert. The service was outstanding and it was also a treat to experience the harpist.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was good, I got the lamb curry however it was lukewarm and not hot so had them heat it up. Also had a Persian salad which I liked. Cute decorations and they give you the reso for 2 hours so did not feel rushed.

V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place even smells delicious! Food is amazing, music was super and the decor completes the transportation to another world.

WM
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing dinner as usual. My Syrian friend really enjoyed the ambience and food.