East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street
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.
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Chicken in creamy masala and herbs
Perfectly spiced and grilled chunks of lamb in a savoury yogurt, black cardamom and bay leaf curry
Baked eggplant, sautéed with herbs, tomato, onion and garlic
had to wait 50 minutes for food. service afterwards was fast though
We had a great dine-out dinner on Saturday. Love the decor and atmosphere. The food was delicious, beautifully seasoned and such a great selection of small portions of food. I filled up way faster than I expected but felt well satisfied. Mystic soup, salmon, butternut squash were highlights. Lots of non dairy and vegan options too!
Great service and vibe with live music and dancer. Dine Vancouver menu was excellent value. Will be back.
Food not up to the standard I have experienced here in the past. Pricey. Beautiful restaurant. Good service.
Fine entertainment accompanying delicious food in a delightful environment.
Great place, nice vegan options. Atmosphere will be much nicer in the evening I think.
Wonderful service, enchanting music and delicious food!
Soooooo GOOD. It wasn't cheap, but I felt we got great value. The food is so good and you can have as much as you want. The service was great. I will go again.
We love this place. It has helped us survive the pandemic.
Amazing food, amazing service and amazing ambiance. Thanks for a great evening!
Exceptional experience - pleasant customer service, delicious food, very cozy ambience. Greatly enjoyed it. Thank you!
Awesome food, friendly servers, great ambiance. 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Amazing it was so good. There was live music and the service was phenomenal
The chai feast menu was perfect for trying all the flavors across the silk route. The atmosphere and decor was a great setting for date night and the addition of the cello player was memorable. Thank you for the great service!
The menu is fantastic, great atmosphere and service
Our new favorite place to dine casually Don't even mind coming all the way from South Surrey to visit this gem. We especially like the rice bowls.
We love going to east is east. Wonderful food, service, and value.
Overall a fantastic experience! We were seated quite close to the table next to us, though the restaurant wasn't full. That felt a bit uncomfortable covid-wise and awkward because we could hear their whole conversation. And although the food/service are wonderful, it is a bit overpriced. They always have live artists, which isn't necessary or worth the extra charge.
Excellent food and excellent service. I would recommend for lunch anytime.
Wonderful place, delicious food and tea. Always very caring and attentive service!
This place was a real treat. We tried the Chai Feast which had a great selection of mains. Every single dish was so delicious. The servers were so nice and also helpful. I would definitely come here again.
I love this place. The Chai feast is must try. Great service. And a plus there is a live entertainment.
We had a great time and the food was absolutely amazing.
too many tables are fitted. not enough space to sit. The portions are too small.
Food is always delicious and hot. Always enjoy the food.
Excellent service, delicious food, life music and dance performance-everything what you need for a nice dining out.
The food is great, our server was excellent but I won't return until I can talk without shouting over your ridiculous sound system combined with the terrible acoustics. This was a lunch date and when we asked our server to turn down the blaring boom box, she said she wasn't allowed to touch it. She kindly allowed us to move to a more quiet area, that was closed, but I remain shocked by your refusal to use common sense. In the middle of this pandemic, even if we are vaccinated, shouting in close quarters is not safe. I was infuriated by the question about music in your star-rating system going from "quiet" to "energetic". You need another category: "Too Friggin' Loud".
Everything was great, the only issue i had was that the menu doesn’t reflect the price of the meals.
Excellent food as always. I love bringing my vegetarian and vegan friends to this restaurant. Yea hey are always happy with the menu. We had excellent service today, what lovely wait staff. The desserts and teas are a little over prices but the are delicious and I get them anyways.
I love East is East so booked a table for my birthday group. I was a little disappointed with some of the service but loved the food so that made up for it. From entering, our vaccine passports were checked but then we weren’t even told where my party was sitting so I was left to roam around the restaurant looking for some of my friends who had already arrived. We had an early reservation (4:15pm) so well before the dinner rush but service was quite minimal and slow. Our server was very nice but she made no attempt to connect with our table. It took a long time for her to come by, and we would’ve ordered more beverages before our meals came but didn’t really have the opportunity to. Once the food arrived and we wanted to order more dishes, she was nowhere in sight and when she did come, there was zero table maintenance done so we ended up stacking and piling empty dishes. Bottles of wine were ordered and she poured one taster and left the other glasses empty and put the bottles on the table. Again, this had all happened before the restaurant got busy. One of my guests had also received the wrong order and when I brought it up there was no attempt to rectify the mistake and then she was billed incorrectly and ended up having to go to the host stand/bar herself to fix it and settle up. It was a first time visit for many of my guests and they loved the ambiance and the food. The initial service experience was disappointing and I don’t know if maybe she was still new or if it was because the bill already had auto grat added but the service was lacking a bit which negatively affected our experience. There were 10 of us however, as someone who works in the industry as well, I don’t believe anyone was high maintenance -all orders were straight forward and easy. There was a different lady who helped us settle our bills once it was time to go though and she was lovely. If she had been the one taking care of us from the start then it would’ve been rated 5/5.
The stage too ‘enclosed’ that the sound is not distributed to the outer space. The top panel needs to go that may help to solve this problem.
Nothing in particular.
Great meal, fabulous live music and dance entertainment. Gluten free options suitable for celiac! Thanks for a lovely evening!!
You won’t regret dining here! It was excellent in all ways!
Overall I like it. Great food. Server was friendly and understanding that our friend was running late so we didn't order until 1 hour after our reservation time. My one major beef is the seating arrangement. It's way too small and I'm short. We were so squished and the tables are arranged too close to one another as if there's no covid. For that, I would consider the food for takeout only.
The service staff was great. Rebecca was awesome.
I always have the Chai Feast because it's the only way to enjoy the multiple foods offered. Love love love the Afghan Eggplant!
Great food, great ambiance, great people.
We were out at an extremely tiny table and then a party smaller than us had a table double the size.
Great food, great service and great entertainment!
I've been to East is East twice and both times it has been an amazing experience! The food is amazing, the space is so warm and unique, and the servers are friendly.
Attentive staff. Food was great but the small bowls for the Chai feast got cold very quickly. Not sure how that issue could be solved.
East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and 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 4.7 stars by 915 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.