East is East Silk n' Spice - West Broadway

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CAN$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
The original Silk n' Spice Restaurant in Kitsilano holds a special place in the hearts of our customers. With eleven years running, it is a place for new lovers to meet, and old lovers to rekindle romance.

Just like the Dhabbas of the the Silk Route, East is East is home to everyone. Artists, musicians, minstrels and youth eat next to business men, politicians and professionals. Come and experience the mystery and vibrancy of the east, right here in Vancouver.
What 227 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
Service
4.7
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4.3
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London22june
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Our order was rushed and it felt like they wanted to do as many tables as possible in the evening
Despite ordering different plates to taste it all arrived at once and after 20 min we were done ...
Some food arrived cold
Too expensive for what you get
The lamb is good but you get three pieces (small cubes) for 18$ ... disappointing
The best about this place is the live music which unfortunately has nothing to do with the restaurant
Quality needs to step up or prices need go down

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SpencerG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dining room is beautiful and unique. I absolutely love the vibe of this space. Very warm and inviting. Laid back feel with beautiful live music. The staff is very friendly and efficient. Delicious and flavourful food with a nice spice level. A great place for a first date or a celebration of any kind.

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IrinaL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We, just two of us, went to celebrate my Birthday. Our wish list was short: great music, warm atmosphere and delicious food.

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StacyB
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the food, atmosphere, music and people!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Our third visit here. The food is quite good. Will likely return again.

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MelodyO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was well spaced between tables. The food and service was as fantastic as it always is. The band was loud as per usual but the music quite enjoyable.

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BrandonB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service great price great everything I will go here again!!

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Matthew
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose this location for my mothers birthday on September 26th, 2020. Our server Lana was awesome. Everything was perfect. Lana was kind, courteous and also patient with my elderly mother and aunt. Thanks so much! :) I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Jacob
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

stunning amazing love it fantastic delicious perfect

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vipLynneZ
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Enjoyed the decor and ambience and the food exceeded expectations. Great value.

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AndreaL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere and food good. A bit pricey and table times are limited to 90 min which put a bit of pressure on our birthday party. Which reminds me, they charged $12 to plate a cake we brought. $12!!! That's crazy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Overall, an excellent dining experience.

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NiamhB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very tasty meal, beautiful ambience and great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience overall.

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VancouverBear
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite and we love the chai tea

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GrantM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I have the privilege of eating out all over the world from street food in the streets of Asia to the hardest to book Michelin Star restaurants around the globe.

As a result, my ratings are subject to a wide comparison of other restaurants which makes my ratings potentially harsh. I also try to judge the overall experience based on what the restaurant is trying to achieve.

This specific East is East location has a calming and relaxing ambiance and is themed very well with a beautifully painted mural above in gold and blue, a wall of Himalayan salt, soft plush cushions, and tables made from the branches of trees.

The live music was also very well performed and added to experience of being in an oasis, away from the business of the city.

The waitress and staff were courteous and attentive. Nothing was missed and were eager to please.

The food, which is the most important part, was well prepared, clean, and organized very well.

While taste is of course subjective, I found the items in the “Feast” (which allows the choice of multiple dishes from a wide list) were hit and miss.

The items that were delicious were extremely well done and I was quick to reorder. Some other items were less enjoyable.

The mystic soup, mango & butternut squash, rice, chicken, and dips with stuff roti were balanced in flavour and packed a huge tastebud punch.

The boldness of the flavours can initially feel overwhelming if your past few meals were sushi or light fare.

Different dishes pair better with others and since there is a range of choices, part of the fun can be experimenting to find a sweet balance.

Some of the dishes were less than stellar such as the lamb and salmon. While flavoured well, they were far too dry and lacked the tenderness I would have hoped for.

For the price, and the experience, this restaurant overall is a great place to take in bold flavours, experiment, and take in a unique atmosphere.

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Billie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was nice to go back after re-opening with Covid. Staff were friendly and maintained appropriate isolation protocols. Food was good as always and the chia tea is just outstanding.

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pfan
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The Dalcha stew was disappointing. I like the salad, with its finely cut cabbage and avocado dressing but find the lamb stale and dry. Undeterred, I ordered The Mughal in the hope that the chicken will be better. But no, it seems the chicken is overcooked to the point of losing texture. The silver lining was the mango lassi, which was made using real mango.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had family here from Calgary and they really enjoyed their meal.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great space, love the salt walls and the live music, food was grand. Service was nice and friendly.

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NathalieG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience5

The menu selection for dine in is very limited and serving size was a bit small for price.
The food tastes delicious.
Live music was awesome.

I will try takeout next time though. Menu has much more options.

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IanW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The all you can eat 'feast' here is such amazing value, the food is great quality and service to match. Even the wine we ordered was great for the price! They have live music as well which makes it a great date spot. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great and quick

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Cher
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Great food and entertainment and it was really awesome to be out socializing for a terrific vegetarian meal. The service is only mediocre at best. I had made a reservation days in advance and upon arrival we still had to wait for at least 30 mins until they seated us. Then we moved again to the booth table we had reserved that was not ready.The food made up for it but was a tad overpriced for the small portions of food. I would definitely recommend to dine here just make sure you make a reservation and specify your time and if your table will be ready.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I always liked the feel of east is east. We ordered items from across the menu, all good if you like the spice and bit of heat. Live band when we were there Saturday night.

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clair
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food, attractive surroundings,perfect sized serving, pleasingly presented.

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RebeccaM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely friendly service with delicious food

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JaneS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful array of flavours. The Chai is the best!

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NoemieB
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

East is East has always been my favourite; such a special space, amazing food and best chai in the city! 💗

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queenofmidnight
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

perfect perfect perfect
we'll be back
we'll be back

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RobertL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and the gypsy jazz band was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was amazing! Would love to go back again

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

There were 9 of us and we had a big variety of dishes. They were all delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great live music. The food and service were also good. Really cool place.

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RobertL
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was good value and a great dining experience with beautiful music in a very chilled-out ambience. the service was friendly and attentive.

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LorraineK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience1

Food was excellent. So many great flavours. I love that they bring in small music acts. Always interesting.

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Julien
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing place, the food is great, the place is lovely, live music, and the people are wonderful and friendly. I would totally recommend this restaurant!
Thank you for the great time spent there!

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great experience, nice staff and the live music was a plus. Will deff be back!

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SanazA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

It will be better if you provide a kids menu, the band was great.

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Westender
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This spot is good for a quick casual dinner -- the inside benches with pillows are comfortable, but the outside benches are hard with no back to lean on -- not very comfortable. Live music interferes with talking -- find we have to raise our voices to be heard. The food was very tasty, but I didn't order the best combination -- the Persian salad was cold straight out of the fridge and a little too lemony, while the mango shrimp dish was warm so the two didn't complement one another. The one problem, and I'm sure it's not the restaurant's fault, but a neighborhood issue, is a silverfish found it's way to my jacket sleeve and eventually to my hand. I'm told they are harmless, but not a pleasant thing to happen in an eatery.

FAQs

East is East Silk n' Spice - West Broadway does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. East is East Silk n' Spice - West Broadway also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 734-5881.

East is East Silk n' Spice - West Broadway is rated 4.7 stars by 227 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.