East is East - Main St

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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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AE
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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!

A
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

D
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

EB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

c
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

J
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and value for your money. The seats are uncomfortable with benches and hard chairs. Nice atmosphere though.

LS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The music was super fun and belly dancing was amazing. The food was auch a great culinary blend of regions. Outstanding.

DB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Everything thing is actually. Service was fantastic. Highly recommended

LJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great music, and friendly staff. We had a great time and will go back!

N
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time Vancouver faves 🥰

MM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

AT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and we both love the place and everybody where very friendly I definitely recommended

DL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, super service, fantastic mix of live music in a gorgeous setting. Our family of 4 loved it.

JW
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

N
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

TF
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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...

SR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

PS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

CS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Definitely will come again.

BC
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great and the music is fun. I highly recommend this place.

MA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nicely relaxed place and staff and ambience cause you to take a more relaxed dining attitude, much like you would feel if being in a home in the Mid East or Near East where you are a 'guest' more then a 'customer'. The ability and pleasure to have time and space to eat AND converse with your companions in a relaxed atmosphere can't be overestimated.

The LAMB KABOB was a bit overcooked which made it a bit chewy, but this was likely just a Cook's error because everything else was done perfectly and the two of us had nothing but praise for the items we ordered and very pleased with the quality provided.

DK
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an adventure.. Really delighted by the hospitality, the wanderous delicious food, not to mention the festive atmosphere. Thank you for creating a wonderful night.

OA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

East is East on Main St. is amazing! The food is exquisite, and for a bit of a steeper price range you really get a great value. The service was friendly, attentive, and fun! I recommend the Chai Feast, as it is unlimited, and very good. My sister and I celebrated our birthdays there and got 2 complimentary desserts which was a very nice and caring touch!

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall

TR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Our server was very nice and helpful but I would get the servers to explain the menu in more detail upon first greeting with regard to recommendations and how the two side dishes/$24.95 lunch plate option works.

Great food!

Thanks,

Tammy Reid

G
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place explodes with culture and authentic ambiance! The food is wonderful and it’s very reasonably priced!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Went here with a group of 4. The food was excellent. Good assortment of Afghan/Middle Eastern food.
The ambiance/decor was very good.
The service on the other hand needs improvement. From when we first received our menus until when we paid for our bill, the service was very slow.
We also did not like the $3 “optional surcharge” for their music and dance/show. We stated we did not want to pay the surcharge, yet it still appeared on the bill. It was not anything worth paying for in my opinion. Stick to the food and improve your service instead.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good experience! Food is good, ambiance is good and live music adds on to the experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Met our expectations. Overall a pleasant evening.

D
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere! The live performance was great and the artists are getting paid. The food quality is great but be ready to have a lot of spices!

CR
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Amazing original live music. Food is excellent as well as service. One of my favourites in town for sure.

V
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

$$$$ I found the food expensive maybe because I’m used to this kind of food (I mean rice dish shouldn’t be that expensive). Don’t like the fact we have forced to pay $3 per person for an artist that played weird guitar for approximately 20min during the entire time we were there and we couldn’t hear because of the noise. We’ll order for to go next time if there is a next time...

PA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here and bringing friends and family. It’s a fun atmosphere, with a unique outlook.

C
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

"East is East is a dream borne from the minds and hearts of Mustafa and Razaviah, siblings of Afghan descent. Escaping Afghanistan as a family during the soviet war, they relocated in India and traveled throughout the country absorbing the culture through it's language, art and cuisine. Upon migrating to Canada, their immigrant experience confirmed to them the importance of creating spaces where a vibrant cultural exchange could take place. Their fusion approach to food, ambiance, music and art" inform the experience of this delightful eatery (quote lifted from their website). And what an experience it is!

I recommend the Chai Feast if this is your first visit: select a soup, salad and any two main dishes then after if there is space you can continue to select other dishes. Each dish is a bodega-sized serving and all your initial selections come on a circular tray which as we found our can be rotated like a lazy-susan. All initial and post selections are for a single price ($35 I think). Accompanying the meal is a floor show as well. We went on a Saturday so it was Flamenco night. Eating here was definitely a cultural and culinary experience!

EA
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

East is East never disappoints.
We feel welcome every time.

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