REVIEW - Chai Gallery:  
3239 W Broadway
778-837-1862
open 6pm-midnight,
Thurs - Sunday

Synopsis: Delightfully tasty Ayurvedic food, relaxed and exotic atmosphere – a healthy, sensual nugget.

Chai Gallery is a new restaurant owned by the proprietors of Vancouver landmark East is East.  By now, most yogis on the Westside know East is East on West Broadway where the food is exquisitely spiced and healthy, the smoothies and lassis like divine nectar and the chai is probably the tastiest (and addictive) in the city.  

Chai Gallery is just upstairs from East is East

 

Fundraiser for Children of War at Chai Gallery

every Wednesday
7pm onwards

Live entertainment - Beats without Borders

100% of all proceeds go to Children of War (thechildrenofwar.org)

Admission by donation

Expanding on the success of East is East, owner Razavia Nahib started Chai Gallery just upstairs from East is East.   The walk up a painted stairwell to Chai is a delight, transporting you to a different world.  You will be excited by the ambiance of a different culture.  Your ears will perk up to the sounds of Persian music, airy sitar and stimulating eastern music charged with more upbeat dance rhythms.  The décor, a combination of unique wood furniture and benches covered in rich Middle Eastern tapestries gives the space a uniquely charming “Lawrence of Arabia meets Frodo Baggins” feel.  There is also a wonderful patio with a covered skylight towards the back of the restaurant, offering more seating and an opportunity to try flavoured shisha, or molasses in tastes ranging from mango to green apple… 

Chai’s menu is outstanding.  It’s based on Ayurvedic cooking which emphasizes nutritious food that is balancing to your constitution.   Shivakumar Varma owner of The Ayurvedic clinic in Kitsilano, helped design the menu and it is outstanding… made of pure, organic ingredients and offering lamb, chicken fish and of course many vegetarian options.  Try one of the thalis, a traditional way of eating in India, where you can taste three or four different spiced dishes, accompanied by rice, roti and pickles.  The lemongrass soup is delicious, a delicate and creamy blend that reminds you of tropical days.  Tibetan Mantu, flavourful vegetable dumplings that are steamed and topped with yoghurt and spices are a must-try, as are the many varieties of Chai on offer,ranging from green tea chai, soy or the quintessential milky masala chai.  

Cushions are strewn lazily around, conveying that elusive sense of relaxation that we are all looking for… so stop by and make yourself at home at Chai.

NAMASTE, Eoin and Insiya