My tongue is no longer numb. So here it goes.
First off, thanks for recommending this spot (RoyalJelly & FlavoursGal). It was very tasty!
We arrived after a long drive (the dvp was closed) at Szechuan Legend and the parking lot was packed! In the same plaza there is a fish monger with huge live king crabs, lobsters, and geoducks (worth checking out if you have to wait for a table). The restaurant was totally packed. Even once we were seated it was pretty tight. Fun walking in checking out everyones dishes.
Sauteed Snow Pea Shoots - very good and fresh. Better than most I've had.
Braised Eggplants - an absolute epiphony! Must order. I could eat these daily.
Chili Chicken - crunchy fried tiny bits of chicken (cartilage?) mixed with mouth numbing szechuan peppercorns and huge red chilies. This dish was a big hit! Warning though... not much meat... more fun than filling.
Beef with Chili - Awesome. Super tender beef (veal?), with plenty of chili, but not too much, in a vat of oil, but not "oily". Highly recommended. The best main we had.
Szechuan Fish - white fish filets in a vat of oil and chili, quintessential dish, not my personal favorite, amazingly not "oily" or spicy, I found it somewhat bland. Very traditional. Worth ordering once.
Spicy Yam Noodles - The rings of pork intestines were a turn off. Too spicy (despite the absence of chilies) and very sour. Meh, not to our liking.
Hot and Sour Soup - Pretty good, but I like New Sky's version better.
Young Chow Fried Rice - Again, pretty good, but I like New Sky's version better.
Spicy Wontons - Quite good. Might order again.
If your looking for traditional Szechuan (properly pronounced Sizz-juan) this is a great choice. Even those in our party who don't usually eat spicy things enjoyed dinner. This delicious authentic dinner for six with huge portions cost $87. What a steal! We'll be back for sure.
3280 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1V, CA