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Peaceful Restaurant

532 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z1E9
Tel: (604) 879-9878
Neighbourhood: West Side
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11AM - 10PM
  • Peaceful Restaurant serves Mandarin cuisine, handmade noodle dishes and regional cuisine from Northern China.

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Why was this place on food network's Diners, Drive Ins & Dives?
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

My wife and I saw this place on Diners Drive Ins & Dives on the food network so we came for lunch today to try it out. When we arrived it was busy and full, we had to wait only about 2 minutes for a table. It's not the nicest looking place, service is good and friendly.
We ordered - Peaceful Beef Roll - I enjoyed it, was tasty.
Pam fried pork dumplings - $7,50 - meh ok-average
Dan-Dan Noodles - $7.50 - these were tasty
We drank tea, our lunch came to about $24
Overall it was good food, I enjoyed it but I don't think it was amazing or super memorable where I am craving it to return. Sure I would eat here again but wouldn't go out of my way if I wasn't in the neighborhood.

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Dan-dan goodness!
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

We came here for a late meal yesterday night and again made a trek to a restaurant we've been meaning to go to.

It was almost closing time so we quickly scoured through the menu and ordered. The space is long and narrow and the tables are cramped together so large gatherings aren't the best idea. Pretty clean all around until you step into the washrooms, which looked pretty scary.

My friend ordered a clear broth noodle soup which he felt was bland though he seemed to forget clear soups are usually bland. I went with the dan-dan noodles which came with a spicy and rich peanut sauce. A little spicier than I was expecting but was fantastic for soaking up into the noodles. The fresh homemade noodles had great bite and texture and made the entire bowl addicting. We ordered the fried buns and beef rolls on the side, each of which were excellent, especially the beef rolls. Again, the right amount of greasiness makes the entire dish all the better.

Service was neither over the top nor poor, just right and servers have a good grasp of english.

There were oodles of other choices to pick from so we'll have to come back, and with an emptier stomach but boy, those dan-dan noodles!

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Had Better
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

food: xiao long bao typical. baked ribs was not as tender as we had hoped. curry stir fry noodles was a bit plain...i was expecting something more since it was "northern". chicken soup noodle was good. very light yet tasty. i thought the food was ok...i've had better "northern" food.

service: waitress was very friendly and polite. she made suggestions. food was brought out in a timely manner and tea refilled.

ambiance: interior decorating is a little confusing...they must not have made that many changes fr previous establishment. quite small inside. only able to seat 2 larger tables. most other tables are only suitable for 2-4 seating. small radio that plays quietly in the back.

overall: i was a little disappointed in the food b/c of all the hyped reviews. this is not to say the food was bad...there's just way better northern/shanghai food esp in rmd for a few bucks more (northern delicacy, shanghai wonderful). this is not to say i would not return should i be in the area.

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Nice, inexpensive change of taste
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 10:26am [Dine in]

Good, reasonably clean Chinese place, it seems nice I could actually peer into the semi-open preparation area.
Service was good and they are well-equipped to deal with non-Chinese customers, which is a nice thing to see.

Food is not your usual HK-style tea restaurant or Cantonese fare which is very refreshing. More of the northern style stuff which is very different. We wimped out and asked "mild". oooh boy, I can only imagine the "spicy" setting, this would rival the killer stuff from the Korean and Indian places.
Yeah, their beef rolls are not bad, but I've had more than my share around town so I'll hesitate to call it amazing. It's a contender though.

To top it all off, it's very inexpensive. Good food, good price, good service, what's not to like? It's not a fancy place but with the extensive and different menu, you could easily squeeze out 3-4 trips to this place to sample everything.

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Handmade noodles
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 12:18am [Dine in]

Came here twice and both were good experiences. Their noodle soup are huge, could feed 1.5 person. They're all tasty and the noodles are handmade.
The service is decent. Some could speak fluent English. And they know their dishes well.
We ordered a bunch of things last time and everything tasted consistent. I don't have any thing in particular to recommend, it is best to ask the server.

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Shanghainese for me
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 12:32am [Dine in]

Mrs. C wanted to try the place based on the good reviews on this site. We took a couple of friends to share the meal.

The restaurant is quite small and a little bit dingy inside, but considering the rents in the area, we weren't expecting a palace. The server was very friendly and she easily changed gears from Mandarin to Cantonese to take our order. We had the corn bread buns, eggplant with garlic and chilies, Shanghai dumplings, ground pork buns, Shanghai noodles, and the house specialty beef roll.

All were pretty good, and the beef roll deserves special mention. I wouldn't say it was the greatest restaurant experience ever, but it was good enough. Next time I will try the famous lamb stew.

Recommended.

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Refreshing to see enthusiasm
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 23, 2008 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

I took out lunch here today and had dinner for the first time here last week. Nice to see a good Northern Chinese restaurant on Broadway & Cambie. The beef rolls were good and reminded me of Peking Duck. The Szechwan cucumber dish was refreshing and different. The Kung Pao and Green Beans were pretty standard. But the nice part of the experience was the enthusiasm of the staff (I understand this is a family-run biz) and friendliness. The menu is huge so I'll keep going back ad trying more things.

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Good food. That's it!
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 20, 2012 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant, based on Guy Fieri's show. The food was quite tasty, but not really well versed in chinese food to base on what kind of chinese food this is.

I had the Dan-Dan Noodles and the Xiao-Long Bao and they were both really good.

I had asked for water, quite a few times, and the servers were a little too busy to refill water.

For a chinese restaurant, I think it was a little overpriced and the portions were a little small.

The restaurant was very clean, but a also, a regular chinese restaurant.

Parking was horrible in the area. Unless prepared to walk, bring lots of change for parking.

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pretty good, excellent noodles
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Having dined here a couple of times, I've ordered the "Peaceful noodles" (stirfried thick noodles with prawns, bbq pork, thin carrots and green veg), the beef roll (northern pancake with thinly sliced beef, green onions and hoisin sauce), the potstickers, the soup buns, and the soup noodles with pork chops.

All of which were pretty good, especially the fresh hand made noodle dishes.

Service was, by my standard for chinese restaurants, very good.

The room was bright, but otherwise unremarkable.

Worth a return visit.

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Very good Mandarin cooking.
By pickyjerk of kitsilano vancouver (67 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

I really enjoy this place.

Whenever I have a hankering for something greasy (Chinese) this place is at the top of my list. Its near Sha Lin but is much more flavorful.

I have tried their Schezuan beef noodle soup, which for beef noodle lovers, is another great one to ad to the repertoire different kinds from different countries/areas. The beef tasted incredible, the the noodles were fresh and delicious. There were also some leafy vegetables, which were nice. GREAT dish, ideal for sharing because its huge.

I also got the beef roll, which was fine but I am not crazy for it. I would sooner go for their xiaolongbao, juicy soup dumplings.

This place is very affordable too! two can be stuffed for less than 20$

highly recommended.

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I'm backkkk
By semipicky of Vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 11:42am [Dine in]

After eating at this restaurant, and coming back to ruminating about it for the next few days (evoking feelings that are how you say "ripped-off") I just HAD to return to my nostalgic dinehere account and revive all the bad reviews I'm been suppressing! ;) (I have both a yelp and urbanspoon account but dinehere will always be the 'pickiest' :p hehe) SO basically, this restaurant sucks. XLB are quite bad, they're a small, smalll step up from Ningtu's BUT Peaceful's XLB skin is still thicker than any I've had! The soup broth is alright, half fat, half soup (i prefer full on soup) and finally, the pork is only a little bit grainy. Could be worse. Value is average because you get 8 for $7? Also ordered the onion crepe beef wrap and whoa this is pricey. Quite mediocre and with no cucumbers. Semi bland and mediocre beef with sauce slabbed on. 4 medium large portions for $7.50? Finally, also ordered General Tsao's chicken because my co-eater requested it. Wow on bad scale porportions because it is a whooping $13 for 10 ping pong sized dark meat chicken deep fried with too much batter. The sauce is nothing special and it is just the worst value in terms of a Mandarin dish. all this for $34 (incl tx&tips) was upsetting. Do you know for the same price you could feed 4 hungry people and possibly have a little take out box from Ningtu? And that really, even ningtu's XLB is better depending on your XLB demands. Only had the knife cut noodles once and it looked just as atrocious on others' tables as it did a decade ago. Why do people line up (and line up) to eat here?

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my how things change in 3 weeks
By badgerbalm of pretentious yaletown (37 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

this is an update to my previous review. No two visits can be so different. Last time, both the service and the food were excellent. This time, they both sucked.

I had to flag a server down to put an order in. We ordered one lunch special (black bean sauce with chicken with rice), and noodle with tofu and vegetable in soup. The soup from the lunch special never arrived, so we had to ask for it. The food took about 15 minutes to arrive, later than our last visit.

The soup was luke warm and pitifully bland. There was a pretty thick oil slick on the top, too, so I'm not sure what's going on with their soup. The black bean chicken was nothing special; they do use poor quality chicken and more than half the pieces had gristle or something gross I had to spit out.

We asked for forks and one of them came with old rice stuck to it.

How can two visits be so vastly different? it was like I went through some wormhole and came out in a polar opposite place.

I likely won't be back as today's food was sub-par to mall cafetaria food.

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Good Value, Good Tastes, Try these Guys
By Hargow of Richmond (46 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2007 - 2:55am [Dine in]

Dropped into this place for a bowl of noodles after exhibition downtown. Stopped by next door but they were closing in five. Lucky for us they served hand crafted noodles here at Peaceful as well. We have tried a few hand drawns and these were by far one of the best, along with a greater variety of soups. We tried the first 3 varieties amongst us. All were superb, hot and fresh. You can view the chefs throwing the noodles for your soup.
The restaurant also offered other varieties of food such as dumplings and other Mandarine (spicy) dishes. We had a couple of small items and were very pleased. No disappointments
Although decor is typical of your family chinese diner and could always be in need of Restaurant Makeover, the restaurant is very suitable for very reasonable, excellent tasting eats. This is one of those "noodle houses" worth checking out. This place will be an occasional visit.

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I really wanted to like this place
By royalsam of burnaby (47 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 11:18am [Dine in]

Went for lunch and was delighted with the menu. A great selection and all reasonably priced. The lunch special section also gave you all the menu types you would need. The wait staff were friendly and efficient. Ambiance was fine.
Although I almost never order deep fried anything, General Tsao's chicken is a favorite so I gave it a go. The hand made noodles that I ordered with it for an extra 1$ were good and the sauce just hot enough. But the chicken was so overbattered that I had to dismantle each piece as there seemed to be 7 parts batter per chicken part. In the end I regret my 2 rating for the food because it applies to this dish only and those that like all that batter may even like it. As I feel the other menu items will fare much better I will try it again soon.

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Xiao-Long Bao's Were Great!
By stevendrowe of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

This restaurant was recommended on the Translink's Buzzer Blog for great food and near the Broadway City Canada Line station, so we thought we'd give it a go and wasn't disappointed.

We only order a couple of items plus rice since we wanted a light lunch. The long beans with pork were great, quite a large dish, too much for two people and we took some home. The best was the Xiao-Long Bao which were REALLY GOOD! Probably the best we've had since arriving in Vancouver a year ago. I highly recommend them.

Service was good, very friendly and courteous staff, very attentive yet left us alone to enjoy our meal at the right time.

We paid $22 for all our food and drink. For the amount of food we got we thought is was very good value.

The restaurant was very smart, clean, the staff looked smart and relaxed. Probably my only criticism would be how narrow it was but they had arranged the tables and chairs appropriately.

I would definitely return to this restaurant at my earliest opportunity. They have coupons on their website!

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Tried it out after seeing it on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
By cmx_baby of Coquitlam (38 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2013 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

We were really stoked to visit this place cuz it was featured on DDD's and I love when noodles are handmade. We got there around 4:15 so only waited 10 minutes before getting seated, but by the time we left (5:15) there were people waiting at the door.

Place is too small, hard to get around. It was hard getting the server's attention to order, which was frustrating cuz we would see them pass us but never pay attention to us.

Food is ok. We started with the beef wrap, which had alot of flavour but small portion for the price, and a little greasy. But taste was pretty good.

Then we had the thousand chilli chicken cuz it looked popular, but definitely not enough chicken pieces for the price. Taste was pretty good, lots of seasoning and flavours.

We ordered vegetarian potstickers, but I wouldn't recommend it cuz even though the wrapper is handmade, it didn't taste any different than a potsticker anywhere else. I actually like Hons potstickers better.

Our noodle dish was vegetarian as well, it was okay. The noodles were firmer than I would have expected.

All in all, we found the decor lacking, they could use another server or atleast a busser/runner to improve service, and small portion for price. Would go back again if we could figure out what are the really good dishes so we're not wasting our money.

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Ate well
By buns of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:54am [Dine in]

Service was so so (it was packed and we waited 25 mins, even with a reservation) but the food was damn delicious. The beef rolls are to die for! The noodles were tasty too... but did I mention their beef rolls? I can eat them, and eat them, and eat them. Great place to go for some good chinese food. Will be back.

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pulled noodle heaven
By cquach of east van, vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 31, 2007 - 3:53am [Dine in]

went to Sha Lin for some noodles on a cold winter's day and they were closed! luckily, we noticed a new restaurant had opened a couple of doors down which seem to offer the same northern chinese hand-drawn noodles so we gave it a shot. first of all, the place is clean, bright and new. the chairs are a step above your typical chinese join fold-up plastic. The food...oh the food. we order the peaceful beef roll which is a flaky pastry down wrapped around thin slices of beef and julienned scallions (all topped with hoisin sauce) and fried. omg, it was so good. the pastry was crispy, the beef tender and the scallions provided just the right balance of texture. we also order the chicken with hand pulled noodles in soup (with spinach, cloud's ear mushrooms) - the broth is very light and the noodles have a beautiful al dente texture. my favourite dish was the peaceful seafood fried noodle. the sauce had heat, the seafood was perfectly done and the noodles perfect. i highly recommend this place. eeek...i think it might be very well better than sha lin.

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Worst Value for Takeout
By carrotstop of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:44pm [Take-out]

A recent kitchen fire took out 4 of the best-valued cheap asian eateries around the W. Broadway/Cambie region this early december. The Peaceful Restaurant was left unharmed- making this place an unfortunate alternative for lunchers.
I ordered a veggie and tofu stir-fry on rice to go. The order came out relatively fast~ 15min. I paid the $9 and skiddadled.
Arriving back at work, I open the bag and found no utensils and no napkins. WTF. How can a take-out be so un-thoroughly prepped?
Disappointment sanked in when I open the box. The container was 85%-90% filled with rice. There were about 4 slices of tofu, 3 broccoli florets, and 3 carrot slices, and a few cabbage leaves. You know you are getting a shitty deal when you can count the individual ingredients in a stir-fry. The sauce was abismal and definitely not tasty enough to go with the 3.5 cups of rice they served.
I agree with other reviewers- this place sucks in value. Not worth spending $9 on a bucket full of rice.

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Intense, high quality Chinese food prepared with skill
By superhunkdougal of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

I ended up here because 'Happy Together' restaurant was closed for the holidays. The restaurant was very clean (possibly newly renovated?), with an open kitchen. The friendly service only added to the deliciousness of the meal.

Savoury Pork Claypot : Meatballs sitting on top of of cabbage, translucent yam noodles, with hunks of shitake, ginger, and earthy tiger lilly buds. The meatballs were perfectly fatty and loaded with a rich flavor.

Mandarin Garlic Tripe: the tripe and sweet red and green peppers matched well, but it was the cloves of garlic that were cooked long enough to have the texture of potatoes yet the subtlest of taste the made the dish truly outstanding.

Xi'an White Lamb Stew: the server warned me that the lamb flavor was intense, and it was - but it was followed by the mellowing taste of cilantro, cabbage, sweet onions, and lightly starchy pieces of noodle. A stew with so many layers of true flavor.

The food tastes and appears as if it is prepared by a brigade that understands not only how to manipulate flavor but present it in an aesthetically pleasing way.The dishes have a homemade feel to them but also an incredible level of depth. I will be back!

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