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Nov132011

[Chinese] Asian Legend

 

 

Restaurant: Asian Legend
Cuisine: Chinese
Location: Chinatown
Address: 418 Dundas St W
Price Range: $10~15

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent

Food: 4
Service: 3
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 3.5

Extra information:

*2 floors for seating
*Can seat large groups
*Full online menu
*Dimsum/Dumplings made on site
*VIP system for the restaurant

 


Asian Legend seems to be one of the less reviewed Chinese restaurants located in Chinatown. Which is surprising because they serve all different types of Chinese food starting from your foodcourt style, hand made dumplings to Shanghainese chicken. This restaurant seems to be fairly new and is managed by younger generations of Chinese assuming from the interior and the restaurant layout. There are 2 floors and the restaurant is very clean

 

 

Both times I visited, I sat upstairs and the lighting seems to be an odd issue. Seats closer to the store front has excellent lighting cause of the huge window upfront, but as you walk more into the restaurant, it gets super dark because the ceiling 'lamps' they have are very dim.

 

 

Rice Combo for Lunch
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Various Dim Sum Menu

They have a paper menu system so you basically write down the number from the menu depending on what you want. This system is convenient because the restaurant is so busy they can't spare time to wait for you as you flip through the pages plus you can take your time browsing the menu.

 

 


First thing I noticed even before I got my food is that they actually have very good service. They actually smile at you and are fast and efficient at same time. YAY for friendly asian restaurants found in Chinatown!

 

 

Typical ´╗┐Table Setting


Ordered: Drunken Chicken Soaked in Liquor 2/5

 

*#33 on the menu and a plate for $6.95
*Usually when I order drunken chicken, they are actual chicken pieces with some bone inside
*This one was in round pieces without any bone
*This is a cold chicken dish and you can def smell and taste the liquor
*Drunken chicken usually has this bright yellow skin outside due to the liquor but there was no skin
*I had this with hot sauce, which isn't a good thing in this case because good drunken chicken should be seasoned enough on it's own
*This was almost a little too mushy
*I prefer it done the right way, just regular chicken pieces on bone with the skin (the meat is chewier)

 

Ordered: Sauteed Snowpea Shoots with Garlic 3/5

 

*#102A on the menu and a large plate for $11.95
*This is a very big dish even for a vegetable
*Overall it had good garlic flavor but it was over cooked and too soft

 

Ordered: Steamed Shumai with Shrimp & Pork 3/5

 

*#7 on the menu and 6 pieces for $5.95
*This is the Shanghainese style (not the usual ShuMai you get at DimSum)
*There were lots of seafood inside the ShuMai
*Shredded shrimp and crab meat on top
*Good to share between 3 people

*It was kind of mushy inside and there was no texture

*Tasted good overall but would be better if I could tell whatever was inside

 

 

Ordered: Steamed soup filled Dumplings with Ground Pork 3.5/5

 

*#3 on the menu for $5.95
*I've had many soup dumplings at different locations but this one had the most soup inside
*It has very thin skin so be careful when you pick it up
*It comes really really hot right out of the steamer

*Vinegar dip could be stronger

 

 

Ordered: House Special Fried Noodles with BBQ pork and shrimps 5/5

 

*#131 on the menu for $9.95
*Hand made noodles with sweet soy sauce
*Very big portion (can be shared between 2)
*Noodle is thick but super chewy
*Lots of ingredients (pork, squid, shrimp, mushroom, carrot, bean sprouts, green onion, cabbage)
*This was really filling but so delicious
*I would get this dish again for sure!!

Summary: Overall I enjoyed all the dishes I ordered at Asian Legend, especially the House Special Fried Noodles. The noodles were so chewy and it comes with seafood, meat and veggies. After my first visit, I went back the second time to try their noodle in soup and eggplant dish and they were both really good. I would go back to this place just for their stir fried noodles alone. This is a good find in Chinatown considering it's location, food, service and cleanliness.

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Reader Comments (2)

OMG I love onion pancakes with sliced beef too! That was always a must get everytime I went to bbtea food places. I like Asian Legend cause they have awesome hand made noodles and it's clean inside!!

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterfoodigatorJ

That's harsh but true about spadina chinatown since some places there I wouldn't want to go to the bathroom. Up in Markham and Richmond Hill area the places are cleaner. If you crave chinese food late night in the spadina area then I'd rec 'New Ho King'.

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/new-ho-king-toronto
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/133851/restaurant/Kensington-Market-Chinatown/New-Ho-King-Toronto

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpatulaGeek

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