East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

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CAN$30 and under
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Good Vegetarian Options
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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DM
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was great ! Went for my birthday and will be back for sure . Love the food it’s always delicious 😋 thank you !

DW
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

GH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to sample various dishes in perfect portions. Each dish was very tasty & service superb!

G
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place . I definitely would return to try more dishes.

AD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Great ambiance, decent food but lacks quantity for the price value.

KM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best vegetarian food in Vancouver and my favourite restaurant!!

e
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

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.

M
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly , good food, atmosphere and music , little Main 's street gem !

TK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for NYE and had an awesome time. Food was great and so was the service!

KD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SN
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and food. Love the chai feast option where you can taste a variety of items for a cost effective price.

G
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

GP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 of us for dinner, could not ask for better service and the food was outstanding

DH
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

AR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food, great service, highly recommend!

B
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

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.

JS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

DC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for great food, friendly service, stunning atmosphere.

KD
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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)

CC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The $35 feast is basically all-you-can-eat, ordering off the menu, in smaller portions. Allows you to try everything! (Like dim sum)

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place even smells delicious! Food is amazing, music was super and the decor completes the transportation to another world.

WM
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing dinner as usual. My Syrian friend really enjoyed the ambience and food.

JS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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?

V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started to recommend... - wonderful time spent with incredible highest artistic level of live music!

WY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

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.

V
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lots of entertainment and character comes with this fun, delicious meal!!!

SG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 😊🙏❤️

OS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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.

SC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome place, service so great the servers are all so friendly love it! And the chai latte the best of my life!

F
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding on all levels. Flavourful delights! Ideal setting with background music that's always a delight.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, super service, delicious food and great live music

CB
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good, the chairs terribly uncomfortable, the service could have been faster, but I will go back.

V
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

LB
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

East is East is definitely a unique place to dine.

S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan and gluten free options . Staff very knowledgeable and very friendly

AA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance and service! Love going to this place

T
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!