East is East - Main St
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.
Great vegan and gluten free options . Staff very knowledgeable and very friendly
Amazing food, ambiance and service! Love going to this place
Amazing service, amazing food! Everyone was super lovely, and our server was super on top of everything. Had a great time and excited to come back!
My friend ordered a salmon roti and was served a chicken one. The waitress argued with her that is was salmon - good customer service is “The customer is always right” so not exactly the correct response
Everything was lovely. The only thing we’re the chairs they are not comfortable
Great servers and great food. Can’t ask for much more than that.
I LOVE this place! The ambience is so exotic; all Persian rugs, sea salt walls and cool lighting, that you feel like you’re on a vacation thousands of kms away. The servers are really chill, friendly and efficient. The menu offers reasonably priced, familiar favourites like chai, hummus and wraps etc., but also things like curried mango squash on lentil rice with 3 sauces. Vegans and gluten free folks will smile at the menu options too. Yum! I can’t wait to go back, this time at night, as for a $3 cover fee, they have live sitar music.
Loved the soy chai latte & masala prawns. Service was excellent & I love the Indian ambience.
Excellent tasty and mouthwatering fare served with a smile amid a very atmospheric setting. Will definitely return soon
Delicious food and the best ginger chai I've had in the world. I like how they have vegan options.
Tried a few wraps, mango prawns, and a feast. Great that not everyone at the table has to order the feast. Of course, everyone else ordered an entree but they were also able to take a bite of the feast to sample the flavours. Lots of options for our vegan guest too. Everything we tried was well prepared. Service was fantastic from the chai sample greeting to helping us order, and allowing us to linger a bit on a slow night. Great space. Was expensive for the portion size. Also $3/person "patronage fee" seemed a bit much as we weren't there for the musical trio. Lots of meter parking in the front, and free if you're lucky parking on side streets.
Wonderful family meal and birthday celebration! Complimentary Birthday dessert and chorus....thank you!!🙏🏻
We had a reservation, and I got there 15 min prior, but we were kept waiting 15min AFTER our reservation. I was asked 1)when I made the reservation 2)at the confirmation of the reservation 3)at the restaurant (three times!) if it was understood that we were to pay 3 dollars per adult for the performers, and only stay at our table a max of 2hrs (I guess for turnaround/later reservations?). The restaurant was pretty empty by the end of our reservation so it was not an issue for us to have another drink and linger, but the service slowed way down and I had no water offered after dinner and we had to go in search of our server for our bill. The ambience was great! The wood bench, very uncomfortable, but I know that about East is East so I took a pillow as a seat. The foot was less than stellar...much better at the Broadway location.
always incredible food, service and atmosphere. a little pricy but 100% worth every penny! especially if you order the chai feast. love how many vegan/vegetarian options there are as well:)
Always great place to be with friend. Love the atmosphere and the great energy .
We also ask for a better table to see the show and our server organised the transfer very smoothly .
The atmosphere is fun, good is incredible, but the service was lacking.
With reservations, there were 4 servers/hostesses at the front but it took quite a while to even be acknowledged, let alone seated. They seemed really unorganized.
Where the service lacked, the food made up for it! Bolani was delicious, as was the prawn masala. Chicken kebabs were great!
Best to get a table in the middle closer to the stage. We could not see the stage from our table that was located on a heavy traffic hallway. Lots of busgirls racing up and down the isle with no waitress in sight. The lamb curry was excellent. The Quinoa salad a bit dry. Overall a pleasant evening but I would be more picky about where to sit next time.
The Chai Feast is amazing and worth the value. The only issue that we experienced was that when I booked they called to confirm that there would be live music, which is wonderful, however my dad is a bit hard of hearing and we wanted to visit so we requested to be seated as far away as possible which said we would be on the opposite side. When we arrived we were seated right next to the live music and all other tables on the opposite side were unfortunately taken. We still had a lovely time and enjoyed the music however it was a bit difficult to hear each other especially for my dad.
The food and the service were great. Live music and dancing were way more than expected. I had a very good time celebrating my birthday with my friends here.
This place is excellent! Probably my favorite restaurant in Vancouver. Love it! The music is lovely and not to load so you can easily enjoy conversation with a friend or soak up the music as you like. It is a little expensive ($35 each plus drinks, cover, etc.) but I will definitely go again!
Great food and value for your money. The seats are uncomfortable with benches and hard chairs. Nice atmosphere though.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at East is East. Our group of 5 included 2 vegans and 1 person with an extreme gluten allergy, and we all ate safely and with great pleasure. The flavors of the foods were amazing, and the portions were adequate to large. In addition, we were entertained by flamenco musicians and dancers during most of our 2 hour visit for only $3/person. The show was amazing! All in all, every member of our group was thrilled with the experience. Highly recommend this restaurant!
The music was super fun and belly dancing was amazing. The food was auch a great culinary blend of regions. Outstanding.
Food is amazing. Everything thing is actually. Service was fantastic. Highly recommended
Fantastic food, great music, and friendly staff. We had a great time and will go back!
One of my all time Vancouver faves 🥰
We were pleasantly surprised with the concept of this restaurant. We made a reservation for our 30th Anniversary, and what a great choice. The food was excellent, and was not your typical overly-sauced Indian food. The flavours were such a nice change from the usual. Staff was super friendly. We asked to change tables at one point to avoid the a/c blowing on us, and it wasn't a problem at all. We finished our meal but had about a half hour until the entertainment started, and it wasn't a problem to stay to watch the band. Absolutely lovely restaurant. We had a bit of a drive to get there as we live in the Tri-Cities but we'll be back!
I booked the venue for a birthday.
The staff did not bother to bring a little cake or something, or even say happy birthday to the table.
The staff were very pushy trying to make us order more or leave, although we got the Chai Feast.
The food was awesome and music was excellent.
It was our anniversary and we both love the place and everybody where very friendly I definitely recommended
Great food, super service, fantastic mix of live music in a gorgeous setting. Our family of 4 loved it.
The food was excellent and the service was very good. I was having lunch with a friend. We both had the "roll" that comes with the salad and a very delicious soup. The "Gypsy" roll, filled with a delicious eggplant mixture was outstanding. We followed with rice pudding for dessert. Excellent. I also enjoyed being greeting with a small "taster" of chai tea. I will look forward to coming back soon and trying other items off the menu.
A great dining experience. Some amazingly talented live musicians amped up an already very warm and welcoming ambiance. The staff there were great; polite, amicable, and helpful. Finally, the food was delicious, the Chai relaxing... All in all, I definitely recommend.
From the moment you step into the restaurant, the service is warm, fast and friendly. The chai is AMAZING
Couldn’t believe all the options available on the tasting menu. My favorite was the lamb curry and their pumpkin with mango curry cooked in coconut milk We had it on Afghan rice
My son had his first visit yesterday and he only tried the chai as we walked in and asked me to reserve for Thursday so we could bring his grandparents.
Love this restaurant and apparently so does everyone else as it is always full. Great food and service. Thank you, East is East for always being reliable and enjoyable.
Excellent choice of vegetarian and meat food, most of the food is spicy, kind of expected east cuisine, good and fast service. The restaurant have evening shows
Service was very good , very friendly server.
Food is great as always.
Seating on the wood stools is not very comfortable.
Music and dancing was somewhat entertaining although from our seats we couldn’t really see .
Don’t like the fact that ask you to pay extra for the entertainment , we felt it should just be built into the cost of the food etc...
We had a wonderful time at east is east we had been there once before and it was even better than I remember! The waiting staff is attentive and the chai tea is amazing can’t wait to go back for some more Lamb Curry! Highly recommend if you’re looking for something for your next date night or just upscale tea with a friend.
Food was good and great chai tea. Would liked to have know that the flamenco show doesn't actually start until 9:00 - would have reserved a bit later. The smaller chairs are uncomfortable.
Amazing restaurant. Definitely will come again.
The food is great and the music is fun. I highly recommend this place.