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Journey down the Silk Road at one of Van’s most immersive eateries

Photo via Curiocity Group

East is East was conceived as a restaurant ‘beyond boundaries’, and we can happily say that they are still knocking that idea out of the park. The restaurant is the brainchild of two immigrants who were born in Afghanistan and forced to move to India during the Soviet War. Upon their arrival to Canada, they wanted to facilitate the same cultural exchange as the famous Silk Road.

east is east interior

The first thing you’ll notice walking in is the intense attention to detail in the decor. Seemingly endless tapestries are complimented by custom furniture. Modeled after the ‘dhabbas’ of the Silk Road, this spot is meant to satisfy weary travelers from around the world.

What’s more, there’s a rotating lineup of world-class musicians and dancers on the Main Street stage. We’re talkin’ the full experience here, folks. You’re not in Kansas Vancouver anymore.

east is east chai

Try out the amazing chai tea on offer. Start with Darjeeling Masala for the classic experience. Then, branch out when you return with their take on hot apple cider. Trust us, it is delectable.

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east is east shrimp

The food here is a mix of a variety of regions across the Silk Road. While Indian and Afghan dishes dominate, there’s also Himalayan, Turkish and Persian options. You should definitely check out the Chai Feast, their signature tasting menu.

east is east feast

You get your selection of soup, salad and any two main dishes. It also comes with boulani (flat bread), hot chutney, and basmati rice.

Truly, a meal fit for royalty. Or just regular folks, that works too.

East is East

Hours: Vary by location
Where: 4433 Main Street and 3035 W Broadway