I put 'chain' in parentheses as this not a chain like Mandarin or Swiss Chalet. Not at all.
Rather it is a series of restaurants that have received much praise for the quality and consistency of their dishes. The food is always excellent with solid service and modern decor.
Asian Legend has won considerable acclaim, including making Joanne Kates' 'Spend A Little' list of the 50 best Toronto restaurants where two can eat for under $65.
Asian Legend specializes in Northern Chinese fare as well as dim sum and it really does live up to the hype.
After many years of enjoying what Asian Legend has to offer, here are a dozen great dishes that make for a dozen great reasons to try Asian Legend for the first time...or to go back for the thirtieth.
1) Steamed Soup Filled Dumplings with Crab and Ground Pork - $7.99
The entire Asian Legend Dim Sum menu is excellent, and this dish is no exception.
2) Pan Fried Chicken Potstickers - $5.99
Also from the Dim Sum menu, these are a must.
There is also a pork option as well as other fried dumplings.
3) Vegetarian Spring Rolls - $4.99
Second only to the the spring rolls at Lee Garden as my absolute favourites in Toronto
4) Deep Fried Chicken Wings (6) - $8.99
Chicken wing fan? Well you are in for a treat. These are some of the best in the city.
Gloriously crisp and moist. Totally delicious.
5) Deep Fried Tofu with Garlic Sauce - $4.99
Not a tofu fan? You will be after you try this! Perfectly lightly crisp on the outside while soft on the inside, mildly spicy with bold garlic flavours...it is as good as tofu dishes get.
6) Moo Shu Pork (with 6 pancakes) - $12.99
The pancakes are great, the sauce nice and salty and the filling very well done.
Everyone loves this dish, which you partly assemble yourself. A beef option is also available.
7) Kung Pao Shrimp - $15.99
Terrific. Spicy with peanuts and crunchy vegetables.
8) Fried Rice with Shrimps and Egg - $11.99
Every big meal needs a rice dish...and this is a good one!
9) Sauteed Eggplant with House Sauce - $11.99
The sauce is very tasty and the eggplant nicely cooked. A great eggplant dish.
10) General Tao Chicken - $13.99
Sweet and mildly spicy, crunchy and full of flavour. A crowd-pleaser.
11) Deep Fried Squid in Spiced Salt and Pepper - $13.99
The best fried squid in the city. Absolutely fabulous, spicy, crunchy greatness.
12) Sauteed Beef with Szechuan Sauce - $14.99
I love this dish. Quite spicy, the beef is as tender as it gets
You can find their regular menu at their website.
Asian Legend has several locations. The downtown location is at 418 Dundas St. W. just east of Spadina. 416-977-3909.