Went for an early dinner at Peaceful Restaurant on East 5th Avenue (one of three locations for the local chain, the others being West Broadway, and West Fourth Avenue). It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere, in a light industrial area.
We arrived and were seated immediately at a small table along the edge. It’s a modest sized space (probably seats 30-40), with rather warm colors (lots of wood)
They’re best known for their house made noodles and their beef rolls, but since I had noodles earlier in the day, I was not inclined to have more.
My dinner companion picked the “chinese ratatouille” (I’m sure that’s an odd translation, but that’s what it was called on the menu).
This is cubed eggplant, green peppers and potatoes, stir fried with garlic and oyster sauce. The vegetables are nicely done, the eggplant is tender, and the green peppers still had some firm snap to them, providing some nice textural contrast. The garlic and oyster sauce provided some nice salty aromatic flavor. I’m not sure if I like the use of the potatoes in this dish though. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t seem to add anything to the dish though.
This was prawns, squid, and basa fillets, stir-fried with snow peas, and carrots. This was nicely done. Lots of flavor, good seasoning, not overcooked (always a major concern with seafood).
The servers were prompt and efficient.
The room was spacious, well-lit and clean (cleanliness is not a given with many chinese restaurants).