restaurant review: East Is East – Chai Gallery on Main St.

I had the Silk Road Feast at East Is East Restaurant on Main Street.

I was walking down Main St. looking for a “Main Streetish” place to eat lunch.  It was my last day for working part-time at the Riley Park Branch Library @ Main & 23rd Ave.  On Wednesday, I had eaten at Splitz Grill for the $5 burger specias, which is delicious!  And great value, with your choice of sauces and basic add ons.

But on Friday Feb 11th, I was looking for something different.  I walked past the Hawker's Delight, where I had previously eaten.  The Italian Deli, that I liked for pasta was closed.  I walked past Saltspring Island coffee.  I stood across the street from the Honolulu Cafe, and a Thai Restaurant.  But soon, I found myself outside the East is East Chai Gallery Restaurant where a woman offered food samples from a plate.

These are the roti pancakes that are offered as appetizers…  The host was friendly, and I knew I had found the right place for lunch.  She explained to me that the owners were Afghans who had lived in India, and that their food was a blending of the two cultures.  They are also involved in the Main St. Community, and host evenings of music and other events.

Here was the first course of the Silk Road Feast:  Wild Salmon, Lamb with the basics of rice and the spice dishes…  My next order included the butternut squash, deep-fried tofu,  chicken masala, whipped spinich and Indian cheese.

Chicken Masala, eggplant, butternut squash are on the main plate – beside is the whipped spinich with Indian cheese, and more roti roll.


Here is the menu selection for the Silk Road Feast- a sampling of many flavours – for only $16.

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