Peaceful Restaurant serves Mandarin cuisine, handmade noodle dishes and regional cuisine from Northern China.
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!
I've heard so much about this restaurant, tried a few dishes, nothing special
The noodles - wheat flour and water, salt and maybe some eggs -- what is so amazing about that ??
A lot of people, cant move around and loud. Kirin just a few blocks away above City Square Mall is way better, a bit more pricey, but get what you pay for.
came here around 4pm on a sunday and it was already packed with a line out the door. we waited about 40 minutes to sit and the food itself took awhile too. fortunately it was all worth it! had the famous beef rolls (which were as awesome as they're hyped up to be) and the sichuan beef soup noodles which were just PERFECT. i grew up eating northern chinese cuisine and this brought to mind the glorious beef noodles i had on weekends as a kid. granted, i haven't experienced too much of the menu, but what i did eat was so incredible i can't wait to be back. service is perfectly adequate, though food is a little slow in arriving. again, the wait is the only off-putting aspect of this place, but that only speaks to its popularity.
Have attended this establishment about a dozen times. Consistent strong flavours. Favourite is the soup noodles, curried cumin noodles, peanut noodles and lamb soup.
You're able to peak into the kitchen and it looked clean, I also noticed that the chef was wearing a Chinese-muslim cap. There is a specific region of China that has a muslim populace with unique food preferences. So i'm guess its a unique experience of food in Vancouver
I ate here twice before since it opened. The last time I ate here (about a year ago), I swore I wouldn't return, because they practically doused my two dishes in salt. They should have offered to replace it or something when I complained, but "sorry" was all I got.
I've always been picky about restaurant cleanliness, and I've always noticed that this restaurant was kept pretty clean, unlike Sha-Lin Noodle which is a few doors away. I got there at lunch time...the place was more than half full. A good sign that all the patrons were Asians (sorry, non-asians...can't understand why you still go to Sha-Lin ).
The service was prompt and friendly today. I ordered the cold buckwheat noodles. The texture of the noodles, the crisp fresh veggies, and the sauce was perfect. Great when you want to eat something filling and healthy on a hot day.
i travel extensively around china yearly and i know how proper this food should taste. I had the lan chau hand pulled beef noodle, chives pan fried pocket, hot and sour soup, and steamed dumpling. The hot and sour soup and stand with the best of them i ever had. Can't get any better then this. The beef noodle is on par with most ones i had in china. Not the best but I think as good as you can get outside of china. The chives pocket is very good. Nice and solid. The steam dumpling is good. Juicy with perfect amount of soup inside. Taste great. Not the best i ever had. But better then a lot of other. Can't complain at all. If I was in the area, I would go again. if I was in the area. I think alot of previous review was unfair because if they know what real chinese food should taste like.... they would know better to compare to manchu wok.
Discovered this gem a little while ago and keep going back. As the other reviews state the Peaceful Beef Roll is a must and simply delicious. The won ton soup is also very tasty and not the usual run of the mill. Haven't had anything on the menu that I wouldn't order again. New resolution for 08, eat my way through the menu here.
Been there before because of all the hype, it was just OK. House Chow Mein bland, no taste. Yes, the Beef Rolls are good, but other places are just as good.
TODAY, we ordered pick up. Specifically asked for mild (due to some family issues). Assured we would receive mild. DID NOT GET MILD!! Received full amount of chilies. WORSE YET, was that we paid $71.00 for 3 people. WHAT WE RECEIVED WAS 30% LESS in VOLUME in the CONTAINERS than we NORMALLY RECEIVE with exception to the soup. (They use the older, smaller containers. Beware.)
As soon as we picked up the food, we KNEW we were SHORT CHANGED due to the weight. UNBELIEVABLE. $71.00 for 3 people and we were still hungry after our meals. WHEREAS, at other local eateries (take out or delivery) we had leftovers for at least 1-2 days.
OTHER ISSUES TO NOTE: They don't do delivery at Broadway and Cambie. We had to try to find a parking spot for pick up which is nearly impossible. AND, unfortunately, the food wasn't even worth the effort or price. (Yeah, sure, Guy Fierri (Diners, Drive-In's & Dives) visited and recommended the Beef Rolls and Noodles but so what?
SERIOUSLY? The food was not worth what we paid. The Mandarin Orange Ginger Chicken tasted like it had Marmalade in it. The rest was average at best.
LISTEN TO THE PREVIOUS REVIEWS ON URBANSPOON AND OTHER SITES. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. FELT RIPPED OFF.
Went to this place for lunch the other day. The lunch specials were tasty and well priced. The restaurant was was *very* busy. Arrived at 12 and just beat the lunch crowd, while we were eating a huge line formed outside, so get there early!
I ordered takeout from there another time and it was not worth the price. Lunch specials are good, but otherwise overpriced.
The food was good but the service not so good. It looks much like a family run business so it's hard to criticize but the young man who was serving us just seemed a bit out of it. When we got there he seemed disoriented and we had to wait quite a while to be seated even though the restaurant was quite empty at that point. All the food that we ordered was good so no compaints there. Some dishes seemed a bit pricey. Also we discovered when we got home that whoever packed our leftovers forgot a whole dish, which happened to be one of our favorites during the meal and there was quite a bit left. Too many little negative things made our experience less than stellar. But I still recommend giving them a try. I may not go back for a while if at all though.
Third time was not the charm. My girlfriend, who was originally from Beijing, and I ate at Peaceful Restaurant on two previous occasions. Food was good. However on a third visit, we sat down ordered and waited as the tables next to us with people being sat later, get their food first. When she asked , the waitress said to her that there was one more order before ours. We took her at her word. However, after watching the two tables on each side of us finish up and then the new customers getting their food, enough was enough. Never going there again. I don't care if the restaurant was featured on DDD.
I have been coming to The Peaceful since it first opened, and long before the line-ups started.
I have traveled throughout China and what I love about going to The Peaceful is being able to order all the regional specialties from Mainland China. In a city full of decent Chinese restaurants, Vancouver is still very heavy on Cantonese food (even at supposedly Szechuan restaurants, for example, there are a high number of Cantonese style dishes available). If you want the "standard" Chinese food dishes, maybe The Peaceful isn't the best choice for you because you can get those elsewhere without wading through throngs of people to get them.
For me, The Peaceful is a breath of fresh air. The Mandarin Pork Dumplings are just like the ones I remember so fondly from my time in northern China. I have not found any other restaurant in Vancouver that makes them quite like this. There are several items on the menu that you just cannot find elsewhere in the city, and especially not all in one place!
Sure, The Peaceful is super-busy now, thanks to some TV show. I'm really happy for The Peaceful for its success, and I think it's well deserved. I prefer not to wait in line, so I don't go as often as I used to. When I do, I almost always get good customer service, but that's probably because most of the servers know me from the beginning.
I think The Peaceful has done what it can to improve its ambiance, and I can see that the servers are run off their feet because of the crowds. I hope that they will be able to enlarge their space, as this would make a huge difference to the dining experience, both for the customers and the staff.
If you are interested in trying some exceptional regional specialties from Mainland China, this is the place to go!
You know, I don't mind poor service when it's extremely busy, but when we got there, it wasn't that busy. We were greeted very nicely at the door, however, when seated 2 people who came in after us ordered before us. I asked the waitress for a new plate and napkin, because it was clearly used already. She didn't even acknowledge I had spoken to her, and sent another confused waitress over to us with it. So, no big deal right? Next my husband asked for water, he is facing me toward the wall so he can't see what's going on, she turns then goes in the kitchen and I happen to look over there and she's got the cook looking at us with her and they're laughing! I was like, let's go now, but my husband trusts Guy on DDD so I stick it out to make him happy and I could be overeacting right? Anyway our waters come all cloudy and dirty looking. Then our food comes. We ordered the beef wrap thing, I swear it tastes only of hoisin sauce and that's it. We also ordered wonton soup, bland and all you taste is cilantro. Chili-garlic eggplant, not bad, needs more flavor though, and very greasy so be aware of that. And finally the Northern curry stir fry noodles, very good, lots of heat and flavor in this dish! My husband didn't like it though, I'm Asian, he's Italian fyi.
We have no desire to go back, unfortunately the bad outweighs the good.
Well I too watched this on Diners Drive Ins and Dives.
I'm not sure if Guys taste buds are failing him but the food here has zero flavor.
I don't really get why the beef role tasted like a banana,maybe just me.
The service,well that could drag on into a long story but in short it's very poor.
I will try and be brief. After a much anticipated wait we I went here for lunch with my brother and his family.
Food: Beef rolls were tasty, postickers and noodle soup were okay, nothing exceptional.
Service: Took a long time to be seated considering the restaurant was not busy. My friend spilled a glass of water and the waitresses pretty much ignored us for 5 minutes before coming to our table at a snails pace with a wad of newspaper and starts cleaning the water on the floor even though there is a huge puddle on the table and the continuous drip of water onto the floor. She then walks back and forth down the hall, to get more newspaper, then a mop and a dust pan all the while completely ignoring us. She made it clear we were an inconvenience to her. It takes her about 5-10 minutes all the while it is pretty much impossible to eat as there is water ever where and she is doing her most to clean it up as slow as possible.
She then leaves and we have to flag down the other waitress that is there for a new glass of water pretty please.
I cannot remember the last time I was made to feel so degraded. I go out to eat to enjoy myself and this place is obviously riding on it's laurels of being on TV to give any decent service.
We will never go back.
I came here on a Sunday morning, and I ordered take out at 11 am ( the store's opening time)..and I asked the lady over the phone about the wait, and she said that my order would be ready in 20 minutes. So I came in 20 minutes, and I paid her, and then she told me that it was not ready yet, and she was very grouchy about it ( she probably did not want to bother with me because for take-outs she will not receive any tips). So I stood outside, since the restaurant was already filled to capacity, and I waited for 1.5 hours for takeout! At this point, I was really hungry, and so I grabbed the take-out and went home. I ordered a beef roll, pork dumplings, beef with hand pulled noodle stir fry, and pan fried sticky cake. The beef roll was quite tasty, and everything else was really greasy and quite gross. The dumplings were not cooked properly, they are suppose to be potstickers, meaning they should be quite crispy on the bottom. However, these dumplings were very soggy and very doughy, it almost tasted like raw flour. The stir-fry consisted of veggies, 5 slices of beef and 5-10 strands of noodles, and about 4-5 tbsp of oil. The sticky cake was basically deep fried, as there was oil leaking from the takeout box, and the stuffing in the cake consisted of 3 pieces of peanuts, with a very oily/sugary mixture, that tasted really awful. All in all, the food is not too good, and the wait time is crazy, and the servers are really rude.
I saw this restaurant on Diners Drive in's and dives on Fri day evening, the food looked amazing so I picked up the phone and made a booking for Saturday night I was told they only takes reservations for 5 or more which was fine because we were 6. I called on Saturday afternoon to confirm and was told 'sorry but we can't carry over your reservation' whatever that means. Anyway we went and had to wait about 20 mins for a table, which is ok. The food was very ordinary nothing special - just another restaurant that serves most the menu deep fried with noodles. Not rushing back anytime soon. I sometimes wonder if all the hype can be harmful to a restaurant.
Sorry, that should say that I WASN'T rushed. I definitely had time to finish my tea and digest my food a bit before leaving. When I left the servers were extremely friendly and thanked me for coming.
I wish there was a way to change that without submitting a new review, but there isn't so this is split in two. A good choice. I felt very welcome.
I came from Vancouver island. I love the chinese foods. I found the foods from peaceful restaurant were so delicious. I liked the peaceful rolls, thousand chili chicken, spicy shredded beef, steam buns and the noodles. It's amazing when they made the hand dragged noodle show. I liked the service also. I'll come again.
I've been going to this restaurant for the past year. Regardless of when I go, during the week or on a Friday or Saturday evening, I have always experienced very good service and good food. I especially enjoy the soup dumplings (xiao long bao), the beef roll and the soups. I've taken visitors to Vancouver to this restaurant who have such a good experience at Peaceful that they have gone back the next day for more. I highly recommend it.