2397 West 4th (at Balsam)
T: 604 5599 533
Brief Description: One of the three locations of the well-known chain that specializes in Northern Chinese cuisine and hand-made noodles. Extremely affordable yet does not compromise on taste. Service is spotty.
Over the summer, Kitsilano has seen an influx of established Vancouver restaurants opening in the neighbourhood. Salt, Nook, Lucky’s Doughnuts, and Peaceful Restaurant now call Kits home. As a Kitsilano resident myself, I say bring it on!
I have been going to Peaceful Restaurant on West Broadway for years; long before the incredibly annoying Guy Fieri made his visit which resulted in this already popular place becoming even more difficult to get into. Although the service can be abrupt, the food is generally consistently very good. I was pretty happy to find out that they would be opening a Kits location and made my first visit within a few days of it opening (back in June) and have been back many times since then.
The Kits location is definitely much more appealing from an aesthetic view – it is much bigger, brighter, and obviously, newer than their West Broadway location. Besides that difference everything else is exactly the same, including the menu, so you can get all your Peaceful favourites.
Vegetable and tofu stir-fried noodles – $11.95
Well, that is if they have what you are after. I went for dim sum two Sundays ago and they were, disappointingly, out of quite a few dishes. It wasn’t clear if they just aren’t making these particular dishes at the Kits location, or if they were just out of a few ingredients.
When it comes to ordering at Peaceful, I’m pretty boring, but I highly recommend their noodle dishes and items from the dim sum menu, such as the steamed buns and the beef roll. If you can get a group of friends together, do so – you can order a lot of dishes to share and the prices are very reasonable. We went for dim sum with 5 people and we waddled out full, having only spent $12 each. What a delicious bargain!