Yoshi is a major foodie and he often raved about how great the
restaurant ‘East is East’ is (wow, tongue twister!). I had no clue what this
restaurant was about so I was eager to try it out. We went with a bunch of other friends and had
a total of about 7 people. BAD IDEA.
two locations. The other location is in Kitsilano and from what I hear, the
other location is bigger.
a line up to the door. We were told that it would be an hour wait since we had
a large party and we reluctantly agreed. After an hour of walking down the
streets and chatting with each other, we went back and we were told that it
would be an additional hour wait!! WHAT?! We were all visibly frustrated and pretty fed up. We wanted to go somewhere else along Main Street but the other
restaurants were full as well. We had no choice but to continue waiting… besides,
if we left, I would have felt like we wasted all that time waiting.
offering some samples of their famous chai and stuffed naan. We all appreciated that. After an hour and a
half wait, we finally got a table. A very small, squishy 4 person table… All 7 of us were basically shoulder to shoulder and I can honestly say it was the most uncomfortable
dining experience I have ever had in my life.
uncomfortable seating, I’ll move on to the food. The majority of us opted for the Silk Route Feast ($21 per person) because
you get the most bang for your buck. The feast includes a dhal soup, organic
salad, boulani, roti, garlic pickles, afghan and basmati rice, as well as two
dishes of your choice (from the list). When you are done your first round, you
can continue getting more of anything you want and choosing other dishes to try
from the list, so it’s pretty much like all-you-can-eat.
Kashmiri Sunset ($7.00) which was pretty much a Mango Lassie. But it was no ordinary lassie, it was
by far the best mango lassie we have ever tasted!!! I want to go back just to
order this again. This drink had so many dimensions of flavour. The mango, the
rosewater, the cardamom… honestly, it was the bomb.
definitely very interesting. That was one of my favourite dishes of the night.
quite good and hearty. It fills you up quick though.
and basmati rice because it tasted so different from the regular Chinese
short grain rice I’m used to eating. The Afgan rice had carrots, cinnamon, raisins,
and a bunch of different spices. It was great to eat on its own!
chicken to be a bit tough.
personal preference. The yogurt-mint sauce on the right was very tasty.
person who did not order the Silk Route Feast. She instead got The Gypsy (~$11.50) which came with a
roti wrap of baked eggplant, mango butternut squash, with brown lentil rice. It
was served with a side salad and dhal soup. She enjoyed the wrap but disliked
how it was put together. She said all the butternut squash and eggplant was on
the top of the wrap, and all the rice was on the bottom. Thus, when she
finished the top part of the wrap, all that was left was the plain rice.
- food is unique and interesting, Mango Lassie is a must get item!
- don’t ever come to this location with a large group without reservations (we were dumb and didn’t make any =.=)
- service is alright
- they sometimes have a live band playing so it is pretty cool