East is East
3243 West Broadway, Vancouver
Price: Fair (consider it's all you can eat for the Eastern Plate)
In comparison to the last blogger meet up which I organized, this one is massive, and it's all thanks to Sherman organization skills. The bloggers in attendance were: Sherman (Sherman's Food Adventures), Kim (I'm Only Here for the Food), Kevin (604Foodtography), Joyce & Frank (Van Foodies), Mijune (Follow Me Foodie), Angie (Sea Salt with Food), Jessica (Yum-O-Rama), Anita (La Petite Foodie), Darina (Gratinee), Jonathan (Food & Tell), Melody (Gourmet Fury), TS (eating club Vancouver), Victoria (Victoria's Food Secrets) and Wilson (La Petite Vancouver).
Wow, that's a lot of people, it was very nice to meet everyone and we had so much fun chatting and getting blinded by the flashes of all the camera that constantly went off. I just hope other diners weren't too annoyed with us.
As soon as we arrived, the hostess started to hand out samples of their signature drinks. I forgot the names of the 1st chai I sampled, but it were very strong and a bit too spicy (not hot spicy, but a mixture of too many spices). I certainly liked the mango lassie (mango yogurt drink) I tried, which was slightly sweet with a heavy yogurt taste. The last sample was the ginger chai, it was so gingery, I took one sip and felt a hot burning sensation. Needless to say, I didn't continue drinking this.
Their service is not bad, but it took forever for my drink to come. However the restaurant was packed and we had such a large group. They had live music playing in the background, it would have been very enjoyable if the restaurant was actually quiet, but then again given our large group, half the noise probably came from us.
Overall, the food here is certainly not bad, but some of the flavors seem milder than they should be. The restaurant itself is interesting, as you pretty much sit on benches and the tables are more like coffee tables. Since the dining experience was unique, and the ambiance is quite nice, plus the food is not bad, I think I will come back in the future.