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.
Was great ! Went for my birthday and will be back for sure . Love the food it’s always delicious 😋 thank you !
I should come here more often. A nice change of pace from the typical fate and ambiance of so many Vancouver restaurants. A nice night. To be repeated soon.
So great to sample various dishes in perfect portions. Each dish was very tasty & service superb!
I love the relaxed feel of this place . I definitely would return to try more dishes.
Great ambiance, decent food but lacks quantity for the price value.
Best vegetarian food in Vancouver and my favourite restaurant!!
Very uncomfortable seating. Tables not large enough to accommodate food and plates. Food was very mediocre. Service was rushed. Better places to eat for the price.
Friendly , good food, atmosphere and music , little Main 's street gem !
Was there for NYE and had an awesome time. Food was great and so was the service!
Our third visit was December 31 2019.A wonderful way to spend the last night of the year and bring in the new year.The food as always was delicious ,and the entertainment ,amazing.
This place has a magical formula, we love it.
Great ambience and food. Love the chai feast option where you can taste a variety of items for a cost effective price.
The night I attended is too crowd. The table besides us is too close. the noise level is difficult for me to enjoy the conversation with my friends. The live music is not always there.
4 of us for dinner, could not ask for better service and the food was outstanding
Our family had an early dinner at 5:30 pm before going to a show. We have two vegetarians, one keto and one meat eater. Everyone loved the varied menu and their courses. The eggplant mushroom dish is outstanding. The chicken masala delicious and tender. The cucumber salad tasted bright and scrumptious. The curry dishes were spot on with a full, rich flavor that bloomed on the tongue without being too spicy hot. We will absolutely eat here again and again.
Great experience, great food, great service, highly recommend!
Good was excellent, service was unacceptable. We booked a large lunch group well in advance but they were clearly understaffed. Apologies or explanations were never offered for long delays or absent servers. I had to walk up to the bar to ask for water and my colleagues waited probably over 30 minutes for 2 sides to arrive. Food was excellent but when we have an auto 18% grat added to the bill - unimpressed.
Love the food, great flavour without just heat. The chai has good spice, but is a little sweet. Presentation is well done with just the right amount of food.
Best place for great food, friendly service, stunning atmosphere.
love this place ! Always fun to take folks from out of town here because the food is SO good and the music and atmosphere is lovely
I absolutely love everything about this place. It has such an authentic and magical feel to it, the music is always great and the food is amazing! I love the all you can eat style smaller portion servings and how many vegan options there are. The only issue I have ever had was with my latest time. We got a table for 6:15 PM because we had a small child with us, but we wanted to see some of the music. Online it says the music starts between 6-7 and that tables are permitted to stay for two hours. We thought this would be perfect timing to catch some of the set. But when we left at 8 and the music hadn't started we were a bit disappointed. On a normal night this wouldn't have been an issue, but I consider this restaurant to be a "special occasion" kinda place, and it was infact my University Graduation night, so I was very much looking forward to the music. ANYHOW, amazing place, small issue and I definitely recommened (just go later than you think if you want to catch the music)
The $35 feast is basically all-you-can-eat, ordering off the menu, in smaller portions. Allows you to try everything! (Like dim sum)
Thank you so much! We really enjoyed our Chai feasts and Eastern Ecstasy dessert. The service was outstanding and it was also a treat to experience the harpist.
Food was good, I got the lamb curry however it was lukewarm and not hot so had them heat it up. Also had a Persian salad which I liked. Cute decorations and they give you the reso for 2 hours so did not feel rushed.
This place even smells delicious! Food is amazing, music was super and the decor completes the transportation to another world.
amazing dinner as usual. My Syrian friend really enjoyed the ambience and food.
Love the food and the restaurant. Our group usually comes in at 1130 or 1145 and I find it a bit cold. Any possibility of turning up the heat?
Started to recommend... - wonderful time spent with incredible highest artistic level of live music!
Food was ok but roti was hard and greasy. Portions were small for the price. There was a problem with the billing, an item ordered was not served, waitress was told before the check and it wasn’t removed, had to ask a second time. Disappointing overall.
Lots of entertainment and character comes with this fun, delicious meal!!!
I love this place! The food is superb, the ambiance is divine and the performance is excellent. The service was fantastic and I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday! Thanks East is East for making my birthday so memorable 😊🙏❤️
Extremely disappointed with quality of the food this time. First time I had a dinner at East in East last year and the food was delicious. Now I don't know what happen but it is just bad.
We ordered many different varieties as I was intending to impress my friend with this charming place and when food started to arrive it was one disappointment after another.
awesome place, service so great the servers are all so friendly love it! And the chai latte the best of my life!
Outstanding on all levels. Flavourful delights! Ideal setting with background music that's always a delight.
Great ambiance, super service, delicious food and great live music
The food was good, the chairs terribly uncomfortable, the service could have been faster, but I will go back.
Thank you for the wonderful night - ambiance, food, service and the music - the highest level of art performed by the artists led and inspired by violin Maestro Cercel!
East is East is definitely a unique place to dine.
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!