East Is East
3243 W Broadway, Vancouver BC
1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly
- Authentic Middle Eastern cuisine
- Popular to locals; busy at night (It will be better for you to make reservation!)
- Have two locations: one on W Broadway, the other is on Main St.
- Silk n' Spice next door is also part of them
- Traditional ambiance (carpets on the wall, wooden chairs and benches, etc.)
- Limited seatings
The owner was very friendly. When I told her "Table for two please", she answered me with a big smile on her face, saying "Do you want to try a cup of chai?" :)
I didn't take picture of the sampler, but it was served in an espresso cup. It was really nice with a strong ginger and spice flavour. I enjoyed it a lot!
- Steamed dumplings stuffed with chives, leeks, and spinach topped with chickpeas and dehydrated yoghurt mint sauce
- It looked like a hearty dish but actually it was lighter than I imagined.
- The sauce did not taste cheesy or thick.
- It was fun eating all these ingredients mixed together. While it tasted alright to me, some people may wish there's more flavour to this dish.
- The dumplings were a bit soft of course, but with the interesting combination with the yoghurt mint sauce, I kind of ignored the texture and focused on the flavour.
- $11.50/single roll ($14.50/double roll)
- Each roll comes with baby green salad, lentil soup, yoghurt-mint sauce and your choice of lentil rice or Afghan rice (with raisins & carrots)
- I didn't take a picture of the lentil soup. It was loaded with lentils (which is good because I love bean stuff), and it actually tasted like tomato soup.
- Baked eggplant, tomatoes, and fresh herbs
- The roti was average. I thought the roti would be the ones in the Malaysian cuisine, but it turned out to be the thinner version.
- Sorry for the bad photo. It was stuffed with eggplant but I just wish they can give us more filling :P
- The salad was average. It was fresh and certainly went well with the lentil soup.
I would surely come back and try more food. East is East is a fun place to dine at, and I suggest to arrive there earlier because they can get pretty busy at night.
Maybe next time I will go to the one next door, Silk n' Spice, and see whether the menu is the same or not ;D