A small casual middle-eastern and Indian restaurant. Sit in or take out and quite affordable.
Overall the food was good, but portions are small and I found it over priced for what you got. I left still feeling hungry (& I'm a girl!). While the food had a lot of flavour, it wasn't spicy enough for Indian and was kind of cold by the time it arrived.
The seats are horrible. You either get stuck on a stump or a bench that looks comfortable but isn't. The stumps were so bad that I had to keep standing up and wandering around during my meal so my bum didn't get too sore!
And the absolute worst thing about this place is...THEY DO NOT SERVE ALCOHOL. I'm not just talking the hard stuff, no beer, no wine, no nothing...no love! No one bothered to tell me this, so be warned.
the ambiance here is very nice- pillows, rugs, candle lights...looks like the mideastern room at the playboy mansion. but don't count on getting a good table. a canoodling couple spent hours hoarding a large cozy booth while 3 other large parties (including mine) were crammed on the comfortable wooden floor. if you have large legs or sensitive knee caps, you won't find East is East comfortable.
the food was pricey for what you get- i had a roti wrap thing that was tastey, but left me hungry. the chai samples were great, but 5 or 7 bucks for a cup of tea seemed extreme- i'd rather buy a beer and get more buzz for my buck.
i sampled the 17 dollar platter but found it greasy and unimpressive, like a foul version of an indian thali meal. the spices were off and the food was overpowered by oil. if you want to spend 17 bucks on a meal, go down the street to the eatery and get some delicious sushi- its a much better deal.
if you find it difficult to eat while strangers are engaging in soft porn and taking love naps in the booth, don't come here. and by all means, don't bring your children.
From the moment we walked in (a party of six), we were treated with warmth and kindness. We were offered samples of almond green chai and darjeeling masala chai, as well as shake and smoothie samples. We were also offered samples of boulani, a delicious stuffed bread with vegetables inside. I tried the Turkish Chill (a delicious concoction of chocolate, hazelnut, cinnamon, espresso, frozen yogurt and organic milk) and enjoyed it so much that I ended up ordering a large.
The ambiance is beautiful, yet relaxing and unpretentious. The walls are covered in rich coloured carpets and all of the tables and benches are made of carefully handcrafted wood. The atmosphere exudes an organic, natural vibe. We sat at the back table with curtains and truly felt as though we were transported to another world.
The server was very helpful in explaining the menu so all of us (except my nephew who opted for the kids meal) decided to undertake the Silk Route Feast, which is a refillable platter with different dishes from along the Silk Route. The feast is indeed, a feast. You choose two items to start with and can order refills of any additional dishes you'd like to try. I particularly enjoyed the lamb, eggplant, saag paneer, alu gobi, chicken masala and mango butternut squash. You can also refill any of the items that the feast comes with so I loaded up on refills of boulani (the aforementioned stuffed bread).
I will definitely be back again, perhaps for a romantic dinner for two. Thanks for the outstanding service and for answering all of my questions (I know there were a lot!)
Really disappointed with dinner at East is East. It's been a while since I've been but this will certainly be the last time. Decent food for the most part (thumbs up for the chicken masala and the lamb kebab, thumbs down for a super oily spinach, and lamb korma which came with about 0.75oz of lamb).
Service was deplorable. We had a few people touch the table, none of whom seemed to care at all, and who were all quite blunt about the restaurant closing for the evening right away. Very slow to take a food order, no explanations given about the dishes when the food arrived, etc etc. When one of the dishes was barely touched (see thumbs down above), no one asked why.
Had dinner here with 3 girlfriends last week. Great vegetarian/vegan options.
I had the Bombay masala (cauliflower & potato) & The Gypsy (baked eggplant, mango butternut squash) rolls, which came with soup & some salad. My friends had some of the meatier rolls, and they really enjoyed their dinner as well!
Everything was delicious, the decor was lovely as usual, and the servers were all very attentive.
Would definitely recommend!
First, the good: The ambiance and general decor is amazing; the wooden tables and benches are a nice touch as are the pillows. The place just feels really cozy and welcoming which I'm sure is a huge factor in their popularity. The other highlight of the night was the chai; it was amazing, the best chai I've had in vancouver hands down. If you're in the neighbourhood you owe it to yourself to pick up a chai at the takeout window.
Now the bad: The food. Actually, calling the food bad is a bit harsh, but even being generous I wouldn't classify it as anything other than average. The menu was a bit limited; there was one chicken dish, one beef dish, one fish, etc., and I ended up ordering the chicken. It was served in a wrap mixed with rice and came with sides of dhal and a simple salad. The chicken was very bland, the sauce really had no taste and it was lukewarm. The dhal was ok but honestly it tasted more like a minestrone soup than proper dhal; there was none of the lentil taste that you expect from dhal. The salad was fine, no complaints there.
The portions could have bit a bit bigger; they weren't tiny or anything but just a bit smaller than I was expecting for the price. When we were leaving I realized that almost everyone else in the place ordered "the feast" which gives you unlimited refills of your entree although it seems a bit pricey at $20.
Anyway, it's worth a visit for the ambiance alone but don't expect too much from your meal. I'll be going back for another chai but I doubt I'd eat there again.
We came here (sister & I) to have a fun relaxing dinner, but instead had 6 different servers coming up to us all night, interupting us every 2 mins, asking us the same question because no one was communicating with each other...it became VERY frustrating..the couple next to us were also frustrated & at the end were laughing about it because it was so bad - pretty sure I heard them say they weren't going to tip...the whole experience was ruined & the food wasn't that great...maybe it was because we were so annoyed.
My Girlfriend and I decided to check this place out after casually walking by. Seemed like an interesting place, but there was a catch. We first ordered a large shake to share, and when it came we were gasping! The large looked like a small to me. Also we decided to share a *feast* and what a disappointment. We couldn't believe we were charged $20 for a scrap of food. The soup was in a dip bowl, the dali or whatever was a stain and there was a splash of salad on the plate. We scoffed the food down like ravenous pixies, and we both left mad at each other for stepping foot in the place. What a rip! We both felt like we were robed. The food quality is ok, but the portion size is very poor. The conveniently say that if you share there are no refills, but this was like sharing an appetizer. I would highly advise you avoid unless you already ate.
The food was amazing, service very very good . . . only problem is that there is no liquor license and no BYOB. if you order a main dish, seconds are free, so you can really eat your heart out. As it was, my date and I had a side salad and split a main dish and we were very pleased. Nice teas, friendly staff. Enjoy!
I love this place! It is one of my all time favorite places to eat. It is a tad more expensive, but the food is absolutely amazing! It is consistent time and time again. The chai tea they serve you when you are seated is one of the best! It's strong and can take awhile to get used to, but once you have it you will love it. I love the ambience. The place is unique. Service has always been great. Very sweet, granola-y girls work there and they are always cheerful! The seating is limited and is sometimes awkward, but again it's unique.
I recommend this place to anyone!!
For what you get, this restaurant is a bit of a rip-off. Nevertheless, the food is quite delicious (especially when you use the sauces!), and the shakes are to die for! Try the shake with ice cream, pistachios, cardamom, and rose water! The four-berry one is also delicious. The service is ditzy and the portions are tiny. At one point, there was a giant nail sticking out of a bench where customers wait for their take-out orders near the cash register, and when I told the girl behind the counter, she said "oh really" and then proceeded to do nothing about it. Not cool... So yeah, mixed review. I like this place a lot (and often get take-out here to go to the beach with to watch the sunset), but it also annoys me. Kind of like family :) I recommend to the owners to have less (but more competent) staff, lowering prices, and promoting take-out.
Worst service ever! There were about four people working behind the counter and it took 20 minutes to bring a bowl of soup (which I assume is premade) while they completely forget my partner's meal even though no one else was in the restaurant. The food itself was decent but the portions were small and I was disappointed with their 'saiad' (organic mix with a glop of dressing, nothing else) and rather small portion of roti.
Food- Very good
Prices- a little expensive for the amount you get, the shakes are good but also don't expect the large one to fill you up.
Ambience- definately neat! A great first date sort of place. But although the place cool cushions and wood stools, it is so NOT comfortable. I'm short and I was knocking knees with the table.
my friend used to work here and at the chai so I thought I would give it a go. The food is expensive, it's good but I'm not sure it's worth the price. The shakes are pretty amazing though. The atmosphere is awesome. I did hear from the employees that the tips they earn (specifically at the Chai) are kept by the management which isn't right. This was also the reason my friend was forced to quit, after weeks of arguing with the owners. The music is great though, just so long as the customers realize where the tips are going.
Just to clarify, this is Middle Eastern/Afghan cuisine, not East Indian, so it's really not about how hot and spicy it is, it's about the flavours...and the flavours are great.
As for the ambiance, I've always seen this place as more of a take out spot. It's very casual / down to earth and they're trying for an authentic feel so if you're looking for a nice sit-down restaurant with proper table linens and wine glasses, this isn't your place. But if you're wanting some great comfort food, you should definitely give it a try.