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"Asian Legend" - Mediocre and inconsistent Northern Chinese Cuisine whose popularity defies rational explanation!

Charles Yu | Aug 1, 201705:23 PM

Popular among non-Asians who like to savor spicy Northern style Chinese cuisine, however, this chained restaurant was amongst one of my least favorite Chinese eatery in the GTA. With a couple of mediocre meals under my belt from years ago, the disappointing dining experience prevented me from further re-visits....until today.

With no say or input requested, I tagged along with my in-laws to this Thornhill branch for lunch, after a long multi-year hiatus. Unfortunately, the experience was sadly the same as my previous two, negative thumbs down, outings.

Food were either too bland, overly sweet or excessively spicy. Preparation were mostly soulless and rough with an edge. A few dishes like the salty soya bean milk soup was absolutely a disaster due to the use of suspected expired ingredients?! Dan Dan Noodles was one dimensional, poorly presented and extremely spicy. Vegetable dumplings were un-interesting, filled with bland and tasteless stuffing. Only acceptable dish was an overly salty and spicy, yet delicious ' Twice Cooked Pork '. However, at $13.99, the price was at least $6 over and above some of their competitors in the area!

To make matter worse, service was rude and extremely un-attentive. Servers were Ninja like stealthy and hard to flag down!

For similar cuisine, Northern Dumpling Kitchen across the road in Time Square is a much better option! Finer and more delicious food at a much more reasonable price point!

With so many other choices in and around the GTA, this will definitely be my last visit to this way over-rated place!

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