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Review of Asian Legend

montrealer70 | | Aug 5, 2008 02:54 PM

Went to Asian Legend last week. It was our second time visiting the Brimley/Sheppard location. The decor is classy and like the first time we visited, the place was packed (a very good sign). The service is spot-on, fast and courteous, and the prices are reasonable. We ordered chicken and seafood soup, spring rolls, general Tso Chicken, Kung Pao Shrimp, Sizzling Beef with Chinese Broccolli, vegetable fried rice.

I know this place is considered by many to be a "chain" restaurant, being that there are 6 locations in the city, however, there is nothing chain about it (at least not at the Scarborough location). The food is top quality, taste-wise and in presentation, the service is great and the place was packed and booming.

To the food:

Chicken + Seafood Soup: 4 out of 5 Stars. The portion of this dish serves soup for 10 people, at least (maybe even 15). Filled in Wonton soup broth was chicken, vermiccelli noodles, chicken breast, shrimp, tofu and fish. Really, a hard dish to screw up, but nothing negative to mention here.

Spring Rolls: 3.5 out of 5 Stars. Good tasting, but tiny in size. This is another establishment that serves appetizers with entrees simultaneously, so when they brought out four main course dishes, there was no need for a tiny spring roll to appear in front of me. It came with homemade cherry-plum sauce which frankly wasn't sweet enough. The spring rolls are not needed at this resto. for the above-mentioned reasons.

General Tso Chicken: 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Delicious!!! The chicken came battered and covered in quite a spicy, tangy, sweet sauce and the dish was laced with szechuan peppers that were stir fried with the dish. Two things to mention here - We were here three weeks ago and the chicken was completely different. Last time, it was candied mini-donuts with a honey dripping sauce over it (not exactly what we were looking for, but still good). For some reason, on this occasion, it was completely different. The sauce this time was richer and more thought out and the chicken was not as candied as last time. I deducted 0.5 stars from the rating because I had one piece of chicken with a bone in it. I find that unacceptable. Another note: Finally, a spicy version of General Tso in Toronto. This dish was a 5/10 on the spicy scale. (10 would be straight tabasco). I will order this dish again.

Sizzling Beef with Chinese Broccolli: 5 out of 5 Stars. The most tasty, most tender chinese beef dish I ever had. The meat melts in your mouth. The sauce was well thought out and goes perfectly with the beef. One small comment: I prefer Canadian Broccolli because it has the florettes that I normally dip into the sauce, however, Chinese Broccolli is exclusively broccolli STEMS. The beef is so good, I will let this one slide.

Kung Pao Shrimp: 5 out of 5 Stars. The best Kung Pao I ever had. Diced vegetables with 15 to 20 medium sized shrimp in a light reddish colored peanut-flavoured oil sauce. Pretty spicy dish as well (to my liking) - 6/10 on the spice scale. The flavouring of the sauce is rich, yet not heavy on the stomach. It goes down very easy. Also, the peanuts in the dish tasted home-roasted and definitely went with the dish. At inferior places, you could tell the chef throws a handful of peanuts on top of the dish after it's cooked. Not here. Also, most places in the city have a 4-1 vegetable to shrimp ratio in this dish - you normally have to fish around the plate to find the shrimp. On this dish, it's a 2-1 ratio. The shrimp are plentiful and cooked to perfection. I will order this dish again.

In all, a great experience - we will be back.

Dinner for 4 - $73 including tax - no alcohol. (definitely a value).

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