I am going to be upfront and say I really wanted to like this restaurant. I love handmade noodle shops. I love meals in soup. I really thought that Peaceful Restaurant on Davie was going to be an awesome meal. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives went to the Broadway location when they came to town. I will also admit that I may have made a menu mistake and maybe something else would have made me come away with a better experience. That being said, I was sadly let down by this lunch.
Our office has finally moved to our new central downtown location so last week I tried to fit in as many Yaletown places as I could. I actually ended up at Peaceful Restaurant by default. I chose shake with my Urbanspoon app and the place it told me to go was actually closed. So I walked a little further up the street and found the noodle house. With my earlier lunch I was able to get a seat right away. The restaurant is fairly small and popular so it filled up quite quickly after I came in.
The menu was a bit different than I was expecting, I expected mostly soup items. They have some regular menu items and then some lunch specials. I chose to go with something from the Soup Noodles section:
Sichuan Beef Soup Noodles (stewed beef in a dark spicy broth, spinach and cilantro) $7.95
The good parts first. The noodles were great. Longer than I generally like them as they are messy to eat when they are long. I liked the spinach and onions on top. The portion size was great for the price.
The bad part. The broth was a bit too salty for me, but I liked the spice level. The meat was the killer of this dish. I understand that stewing beef is generally the cheaper cuts of meat, but this:
is way too much for me. All of the beef was chewy and or full of tendons and veins. I ended up leaving the meat and broth and just finishing the noodles and veggies.
Again, maybe it was a bad menu choice for me, I am sure there are people who don't mind these bits. I am not sad that this restaurant is out of my lunchtime range now as I don't think I would be making a return visit. The service was efficient, if inattentive. All in all, not a happy lunch.
To end on the positive, it was a beautiful day for a walk and to say goodbye to my Yaletown lunchtime adventures.