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East is East

#225 of 2,926 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
South Main
As featured in Best Food in Vancouver
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4413 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3R2, Canada
+1 604-879-2020
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne Australia
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My Vancouver friends took me her for a weekday lunch, and I'm so pleased they did! The food is a fushion of Afghan, Indian and Pakistani (sorry if I've forgotten anyone!). We started with a Chai, we all chose a different one, then proceeded to share an appetiser, then enjoying a main. The chai was spicy and delicious. The shared... More 

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Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

CHAI East Is East, Main Street, Vancouver - Chai Feast ($33/pp) 4.5 Stars Masala Chai served on the table as starter Starter - Quinoa Tabouli Salad - was ok Soup - Mystic Soup (Too good) Mains Round#1 - Creamy Mushroom & Egg Plant, Spinach Paneer (Awesome!!) Round#2 - Chicken Masala, Wild Salmon (Not great) Round#3 - Lamb curry, Seasonal Fish... More 

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1 Thank KriKayK
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for a birthday party and we were told there would be gratuities added on for groups of 8 or more. When the bill came, suddenly it was 6 or more. Also additional charge for live music after 5:30pm. Food was pretty good but the wait was long. Asking for a take out box probably took longer than eating... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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86 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good atmosphere, good live music, great selection of food. You have the option to taste various items of the menu with the Chai Feast. Highly recommended to get a good taste of the Middle East and Indian culinary.

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1 Thank hmiranda
Vancouver, Canada
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a fantastic place to celebrate birthdays with family. I totally recommend it even with toddlers. They have live music as well. Food was so tasty. Their chai feast is a great choice to try different dishes. Their seasonal fish dish was incredible. Loved their Persian salad. Don't forget their chocolate pudding. It cost us $240 for 4 adults &... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a long time customer, it was a shock when veteran servers and managers were summarily dismissed. The new manager watches everyone like a hawk and isn't approachable; thus the entire atmosphere at East is East has become tense and unwelcoming. I feel that they no longer treat loyal and long time customers well. I certainly miss the old East... More 

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Thank aleea8
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

3 of us had the greatest lunch. Highly recommend, and will definitely go back if I am in Vancouver again.

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Belfast
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169 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Firstly, the decor is striking. Very different from other restaurants - has a special Eastern feel right away. The chai freebie was really lovely. We ordered the all you can eat and it really was fabulous value. Tasty, plentiful and authentic. A great dinner out. The music hadn't started when we left as we ate early. Definitely book to get... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We tried this location last night and was pleasantly surprised to see that they have Live Music performances. I highly recommend calling in advance for a reservation. Although we got a seat close to the stage, the bench-like seats around the perimeter of the room looked way more comfortable. Food was excellent and of course, so was the Chai!

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1 Thank Suzette A
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

4 of us walked into East is East for dinner and to see a friend perform a dance at 7pm. It was sold out, so we booked a reso with the hostess for the 9pm dinner and show. We returned at 8:45pm and let them know we arrived and stood in the front waiting area till 9:15pm. We inquired about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Indian, Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4413 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3R2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > South Main
  • Neighbourhood: South Main
  • Phone Number: +1 604-879-2020
Description
Our cuisine is inspired by the opulent flavors and meticulous cooking processes of Eastern cultures found along the ancient Silk Route - which includes the flavours in India, Afghanistan and Persia.

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South Main
South Main, or SoMa, is a neighbourhood in upswing. Inhabited by young humanitarian professionals in converted lofts and studio apartments, what was once an industrial centre is now a wellspring of vintage and eco fashion shops, contemporary sawdust-floor galleries, craft beer joints, and basement acting studios. All set to an Art Deco background with a strong blue collar sensibility underpinning each new pop-up and foodie trend, SoMa is on the rise.
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