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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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Not peacefull at all
By castermancanada of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went to this restaurant because our usual place two stores west was full. At the start we should have left there was no one to seat you so we sat ourselves even getting our own menu and the service. We asked about a dish and he writes it up like were ordering it, after three times he finally took it off the order feigning ignorance.The food arrives in OK time but there is very little to it, three pieces of micro thin pork, vegetables that were barely there just lots of noodles and no taste at all. This is a $9 dish after a couple bites we cant eat it, so we ask them to make it better. They take it away in the meantime our crispy pork buns arrive, crispy try so hard on the bottom that we couldn't cut it, enter the fried noodles order, more like water noodles in a tasteless soup with no vegetables and pork .
That was the last straw, my wife spoke to the waiter, as we are both cooks we told him this was just no good and couldn't eat it. Take out for the buns and we don't want the fried (soupy) noodles. We get the excuse that the cook is new, and the bill for $17.95. Were hungry still and were being forced to pay for this below sub-standard meal.
Places like this take advantage of peoples good nature, and could not exist if it were not for the neighbor offering similar sounding food, great service and value, there should be a law against these predatory practices. Not recommended what so ever!

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OK Food, WORST service I've had in years
By qky of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 11:47am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I went there just because the Sha Lin Noodle House was closed at that time and we longed for noodles. We ordered 2 bowls of noodles and 1 order of the small pork dumplings. Our server, a young Asian guy, said that they were out of pork dumplings and started to suggest other things which we simply replied no to. I then said to the server "It's fine, we'll just have the noodles" but really my girlfriend wanted something else. So after the server placed the order, she called him again to order some other type of dumplings, to which the server replied "But they're making it right now." So we said to him that we'll just add on our order, we know the noodles were being made. So the noodles came out and we weren't impressed, they tasted just OK. To our surprise, the next item brought to our table was the pork dumplings that they originally said they were out of. So we were happy and we enjoyed the dumplings. After a little while, the SECOND dumplings arrived (the ones that my girlfriend ordered after). So we were confused and then we called the server. We explained to him that we only ordered that because we thought they were out of the pork dumplings. The server looked at me cynically and he was just quiet. So I asked him if it's possible to cancel it because we haven't even touched it and he said yes. After that though, he started yelling (yes, yelling) at the other server in Mandarin saying how he hated "the customers" because he said he knew that we wouldn't be able to finish all food we ordered and that's why he warned us that "it" has been made. Unfortunately for him, I am a Chinese descend so even though I didn't understand 100% of what he said, I understood enough to call him back and confront him. So I told him that if the item wasn't returnable, I would just pack it to go and pay for it, because I told him I didn't like the way he tried to talk behind my back in Mandarin. He tried to avoid it by saying he was talking about other customers (what a server! talking about how bad other customers are in front of HIS customer!). I then forced him to give me the dumplings packed up to go and forced to pay because I didn't want him to blame me on his mistake. If the owner reads this review, I just want to tell you to watch over your staff and try not to hire young people to be servers because they tend to be emotionally unstable (our server looked like he was 18-19 years of age). In conclusion, the food was decent but unfortunately the service really turned us down and we never will come back. We've been telling our friends not to go either. Think twice before you go! If you really wanna try out their food, I suggest you do take-outs!

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Noodles were great!
By ck1234 of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Just went for lunch. Had heard the beef roll had to be ordered, so we tried that. Was pretty good, but I know my expectations were high from all I had heard/read. I had the Kung Pao with draggin noodles. Kung Pao was ok...I've had better, but the noodles were really good. Friend had General Tsao's chicken, which was pretty tasty with the bite I tried. I'll go back again, since I work close by.

What did amuse me that day was watching most of the other diners eating soup, all had napkins wiping off the sweat on their faces. Gave me a good laugh!

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Lucky find
By Torm of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 12:23am [Dine in]

This was a lucky find. My girlfriend and I werejust walking around looking for a place to east and decided to give Peaceful Restaurant a try after seeing their advertised handmade noodles. Two of the three servers were average at best but our waitress was enthusiastic and talkative. She really made the experience a pleasant one. The menu has a number of great dishes and we tried the Ginger Orange Chicken, Steamed pork buns and Northern Curry Noodle dish. We then watched one of the chefs make our noodles by hand to order. The skill he showed was impressive.

The steamed buns were a little bland but the curry dish and chicken dish were both amazingly balanced and flavourful. The prices are a very fair reflection of both the quality and portion size. I will definitely return many more times.

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Pretty good but portions are small...
By animao of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

Craving xiao loong bao, so we decided to try this restaurant. First thing we noticed was how neat and clean it was. (A good start..) However, there werent many other people dining.. besides ourselves, there was one other table and this is Saturday night at 6 pm. DadaMao said that this place was usually very busy at lunch during the week. Anyway, we ordered the usual - xiao loong bao, beef rolls, green beans with chili, chili shredded pork and a new dish, "cat's ears" fried noodles with vegetable and beef for LittleMao. (This dish is like handrolled noodles, sort of Chinese gnocchi) You can watch your food being cooked, as the kitchen is in plain view of the diners, with the exception of our table since our view was blocked by the cash till. The food was tasty, but the portions were very small, considering the pricing. And the xiao loong bao was only okay, as 3 of the 6 dumplings had no "juice" :( The servers were attentive, coming back several times to check on our meal/refill our teapot. Overall we enjoyed the dinner, but if we were to go back, we'd probably go for lunch instead, and order the specials where the price matches the portion size!

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Great food but not for large parties..
By frugal-diner of richmond (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

My 1st visit at this restaurant. Arrived early at 5:30 on a week night. We had a large party of 9 without reservation. Server looked worried when I said party of 9. Restaurant layout was narrow and long which made a round table for 9 nearly impossible. He tried to fit us in. A female server appeared and said long rectangular table might be better for us towards the back of the restaurant. I said that was fine. The two servers argued for a bit while they tried to sort it out. Owner/chef came out and told them to quit fighting and figure something out.

We quickly ordered all the dishes recommended on previous reviews such as steamed buns, beef rolls, dan dan noodles, hot and sour soup, hand made noodles, plus a few other non spicy dishes since some of us cannot stand hot food. I would say stick with the previously mentioned dishes. I find their non spicy dishes a little bland such as cashew with chicken and tofu with shrimp. Nothing special. Prices are pretty good and we were able to use 10% off coupon downloaded from their website.

Would definitely visit again but not with a large group. Table for 2/4 would be easily accommodated. Maybe the two servers can work out their issues with each other by my next visit....

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Peaceful
By gyromite of False Creek, Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

I have been frequenting this place since it appeared on Broadway a few months back. The menu is huge, prices are very reasonable and there are many items that I have not normally scene on many mandarin restaurant's menu.

On this visit, we ordered the Cat Ear noodle stir fry (like a gnocchi) , the spicy cucumbers, and their legendary beef roll. Everything was really tasty and that beef roll is just amazing(a must order). The total for the three items was less than 22 dollars. This place is on my regular list so make sure you check it out. Talk to the waiter and he won't steer you wrong if you are looking to try some new things.

Their noodles are handcrafted and I would definitely pick Peaceful Noodle over Shao Lin Noodle (three doors down).

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Good eats at a good price
By currypuff of Kitsilano, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

Went here on New Year's day for the first time as was craving soup noodles. We settled on the Yu Nan Noodle pot and beef roll. Reviews of the beef roll were spot on. Imagine peking duck, but much heartier, only with tender sliced beef and wrapper fried to a crisp. I had requested hand-dragged noodles for the noodle pot, but this was not available due to the length of time required to make the noodles (the soup already came, a bit of a mix up). Nevertheless, the meat broth was highly flavorful, with just the right amount of noodles, veggies and meat. Service was very friendly and helpful.

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Should've looked at the reviews here first.
By Ur2Cute of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2013 - 2:42am [Dine in]

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.

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Amazing Noodles
By Stranger in a Strange Land of Richmond , BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

This place serves hand-made noodles in a wide selection of soups, stir fries, and hot pots. My personal favorites are the Szechuan beef noodle soup and the Xin Jiang noodle hot pot. The dumplings and the peaceful beef roll are also very good. The rest of the menu is hit-and-miss but it's the noodles and fried pastries that keep bringing me back.

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Poor Service! Food is ok, small portion. Prices are not that reasonable considering small portion!
By joejoejoe of Vancouver (Oakridge) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

Unpleasant experience!

Went there for a late lunch by myself (about 2:30pm). I was initially seated at a two-people table which was right across from the hot kitchen. There's no air-conditioning in the restaurant, only had the door popped open....so, it was just too hot to seat close to the kitchen on a warm summer day!

Since it was about 2:30pm which was after the busy lunch hours and the restaurant was pretty empty (only 5 customers there - 2 tables), I asked to move to the table that was right by the door where there's some cool air coming in and told the girl the reason why I wanted to move. Happened that it was a table for four people, so the girl unwillingly let me to do so. Another girl didn't like it either....she asked the girl who helped me move how many people I was with...sounding like - I (one person) shouldn't be taking a table that's for four people!

The servers there were very unfriendly, especially the young guy and second girl (the one who asked about if I was with anyone....)

I was pretty much left alone the whole time after that....no one asked if I needed anything or if everything was fine (which I actually don't really mind...it's just that the whole unfriendly and cold feelings that you're getting from them.)

I ate a little bit less than half of the plate, so asked the "second girl" to put the rest in a box for me to take home. When I opened the box the next day and was going to eat it for my lunch, I realized that the girl only packed 1/2 of what was left on plate for me!!! That was so bad!!! I wasn't that hungry when I was in the restaurant, and therefore specifically saved a bigger portion for my lunch the next day, then it turned out that it went to the garbage and I didn't get all of what I paid for!

You have to pay $1 extra if you want to have the noodles instead of rice, which is what I did! You don't get much noodle because the portion is small. In my case, some of what I paid extra got thrown in the garbage.

I'm not going to go back!!

Next time when I want to have the similar food that they serve, I'll walk down a few doors next to it and go to the Shalin Restaurant (I think that's what's called) because the service there is much better and the portion of the dishes is bigger, also there is no such thing that you need to pay extra $$ for having some noodle.

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Consistently Very Good Food
By catmarsel of Kitsilano (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 12:24am [Dine in]

We were looking for an alternative to Sha Lin for noodles after having one too many really greasy food/dirty table episodes there, and we didn't have far to look. Peaceful has become our go-to place.
We have always been delighted when we get to the bottom of one of their tasty fried noodle dishes without finding a puddle of oil. Their portions are large and reasonably priced. Their wait staff are all very friendly and helpful.

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New favorite
By Celena of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

Just 'discovered' this place and so have only been once so far, but we absolutely loved the General Tso's Chicken and the Peaceful House Special Noodles. We also tried the Chive Pockets, which my husband liked, but I wasn't crazy about. The service was authentically friendly, and we really liked the fact that the waitress was Chinese (and spoke Chinese) but she was also evidently raised here, so her English and mannerisms are totally Canadian/local, so we could really communicate well with her. We'll be going back soon!

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