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 $3 per person which goes to support all the live local music at East is East. Because we are very busy we hold tables for 2 hours. We look forward to serving you.
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Chicken in creamy masala and herbs
Perfectly spiced and grilled chunks of lamb in a savoury yogurt, black cardamom and bay leaf curry
Three different kinds of lentils, cauliflower, spinach, herbs and spices
Awesome food, great service, fun experience overall.
This place is still one of the best in town no doubt about it.Only run by women ,smooth service,professional,friendly and very knowledgeable regarding the food that is being served.
Our young server Maxine ,Vancouverite/ Dutch roots is a fantastic person very Sharp ,smiling at all time and super efficient,she is gold .
Soft live music ,decor that make you feel in Middle East!
Take the buffet 39$ unlimited it comes like tapas size or don t come at all ,you will be blown away!
East Is East is my favorite place to go! Great quality food and the Chai is fabulous.
We wanted to see and hear the flamenco and were disappointed that the audience was so noisy during the dancing.
The concept of the feast is great! You get to try many meals.
I had higher expectations for the show. It seems like they needed a bit more practice & maybe better microphone or audio system. Some of their performances were amazing, but we couldn’t hear some others.
IT WAS AMAZING!!!
Wonderful staff, very genuine and personable. Fantastic food, great ambience with live music and phenomenal food.
Defiantly a great place for a date or a gathering of friends.
Good was great and our server was amazing. Music was nice and the complimentary chai while you wait is a nice touch.
The dining experience was great. The phone call in advance to tell us that we could only have our reserved table for 2 hours was rather heavy-handed and a bit of a turn-off, especially as at the 2 hour mark the place was almost empty. Why set up diners for a potentially confrontational experience when it's unlikely to be an issue on a Monday evening at 9 pm?
Taya was a great server and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back
Amazing service, food and entertainment
Overall and amazing experience
I highly recommend it!
We had an outstanding dining experience at East Is East, sampling the $39 Chai Feast. All dishes were delicious, and the service was wonderful Highly recommended.
Not impressed with service
Our food was late, while others around us got their food before us.
A simple explanation or apology would have gone a long way
Our previous experience has been excellent service!
Fresh ingredients and tasteful food! Love this amazing restaurant!
East Is East is always a great experience. It’s been a few years since we’ve dined there but it has not skipped a beat. Always amazing food and ambience. Service was impeccable as well.
Atmosphere was outstanding and the service was very great. They explained the food, environment and made it very welcoming.
Met our son and daughter-in-law there. I chose the restaurant for the vegetarian choices both my son and his wife are vegetarian. As it turned out we all had the vegetarian food. We were very pleased with our choice as it was our first time there and didn’t know what to expect. We will come back.
The Chai Feast is just an excellent way to have a lovely culinary experience. Something for everyone and highly recommended.
The service is always good. I’ve been to many restaurants in vancouver and east is east has the best service hands down!
I was disappointed with the food. I had not understood that our mains would be burritos. My past experience there was several years ago. I think one has to choose the pricier $39 sample menu in order to get the better dining experience.
Excellent food and service! We will definitely be back.
East is East is a great place for dinner. Loved it.
We had a great team lunch at east is east. The team was really great. The chai samplers were awesome!
In a city spoiled for restaurant choices, East is East Chai Lounge is my number one choice without hesitation. They go that one step farther; eg the complimentary demi-tasse of chai when you arrive. The servers are all attentive, professional and personable. The menu is great, not too expensive, and the food is consistently excellent.
Family dinner first time out since the covid passports came into effect. Food was fantastic even better than last time, very busy but service was great and only complaint was the seating a bit crowded and the music was a bit too bluesy for a middle Eastern restaurant. Will recommend to others and be back a again.
My friends and I had a tasty, inexpensive lunch at East is East. The rice bowl was flavourful, with just the right amount of spice. The noise was really from the traffic since we sat outside. Very friendly waitress and rest of the staff. Highly recommended!
Seven of us attended for a birthday. Most had not been there before. The ambience
and design and architecture was beautiful. We were greeted with samples of delicious chai and all through the evening our service was excellent. Several people tried The Feast which they all loved. Others tried individual entrees which were also really good. A complimentary dessert and song for the birthday girl was a lovely touch. Definitely should put this restaurant on your must try list.
My favorite restaurant in Vancouver hands down. Amazing ambiance, service, food and drinks. The small complimentary chai for customers is a lovely welcoming gesture. However the seats are quite uncomfortable no matter where you sit in the restaurant. Other critique is that there is too much noise during the live performances which I think is highly disrespectful to the performers. They are not supposed to be "background" entertainers so something needs to be done about that.
I loved the Food, the service, the entertainment and overall the value of the experience! I can’t wait to go back.
What a wonderful experience. Everything was excellent. We will come here again.
Noted it was a special occasion, no mention of it which is typical with other restaurants. Asked for a different table prior to setting and was flat out lied too. I’d rather a n establishment tell me it’s reserve for larger groups than say it was reserved and nobody sat down for our entire visit.
Waitress seemed defensive when we shared our disappointment with how the pudding was all fruit and no pudding.
Having frequently visited this place. It’s certainly dropped down on my choices to visit.
If you don’t want a value for your experience and poor quality service. Come to east is east
My guests were unable to attend having reserved a table for three and being seated. The hostess was awesome, unfortunately I did not get her name but she was European. After finishing my cup of Persian tea, I decided to take away some food, needless to say the food was excellent. I had eggplant boulani and dhal as well as gulab jamun. I certainly appreciated not only the service but the genuineness with which it was executed. Thank you again, and I hope to be there soon. Bravo!!
The restaurant had lively music with beautiful decor. The food was exquisite. Although the live performance was wonderful, the volume impeded conversation. But such is the case with live performances in general.
Very good however service was slower as our evening progressed. Getting dessert and bill at the end took longer that wished. :)
I’ve been a regular at this restaurant for 17 years. Great menu with options for every food preference. Live music almost every night. Great teamwork by staff. Highly recommend!
Incredible food, amazing service! Will definitely be back!
Servers were slow and not attentive. Initially had to ask who our server was.
Great food but the service wasn't. We went on a Tuesday night and although our server was nice, we we're constantly waiting to hail a server just to get some water or asking for (mains and sides) refills on our Chai Feast (highly recommend for people who've never gone here). When we got our main refills, we didn't get our sides to eat with it. By the time we waited and finally received it (after asking for the sides multiple times) the mains grew cold and we were just ready to leave.
Despite that, I'd still come back for the food and the amazing entertainment they had. Just a pity for the service to sour the experience for people I was showing around Vancouver.
It was good as always
Food is always good and so is the staff. We will be back.
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 852 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.