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asian legend v peking man

berbere Oct 27, 2006 07:46 PM

I am taking my mom out for dinner tonite and can't decide between asian legend (Yonge/Shep location) and peking man -- any thoughts?
I've never been to peking man but have read positive reviews on this board about it (I believe this is the name of the resto at Leslie/Shep, close to Ikea). My mom liked Asian Legend which we went to a long time ago... but i believe the quality has gone downhill of late...

so...waiting for others' experiences to guide us...

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    wordsworth Nov 27, 2006 07:15 PM

    I tried Asian Legend a few years ago and it was OK. I went back about 3 monthes ago and the food was poor, the service atrocious and the place had turned into a dump.

    Meanwhile, Peking Man is a good and highly reliable place. I'd call it the best place in the area.

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      oracle347 Oct 29, 2006 11:30 AM

      I find that Asian Legend is an Okay, quick fix for the Northern Chinese Food. If I was REALLY desperate I would just drive a little bit further North to Hwy 7 Area to First Markham Place (Ding Tai Fung has pretty decent Northern Chinese). I usually like their Dim Sums, (which are Northern Chinese Style and not Cantonese Style), order a bowl of soymilk and I find that beats my craving off for a few more days :)

      Now this is the North York center AL I go to... I find the food is usually pretty okay...

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        cwong5 Oct 28, 2006 11:00 PM

        I've tried Asian Legend on more than a few occasions now. It came highly recommended from my folks. But I don't quite get it. I find their food "alright". It's never WOW. Maybe I am just being too picky.

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          juno Oct 28, 2006 07:44 PM

          I've never been disappointed with any meal I've had at Asian Legend, either the Yonge near Sheppard location or the newer location in the plaza on the northeast corner of Leslie and Finch. Like all Asian Legends, they have exactly the same menu, and the only difference I can see is that the Leslie-Finch location seems noisier when it's busy (as it usually is), but to offset this, parking is free in the plaza - unlike the $2-an-hour street parking near the Yonge St. location. Both are extremely well run and service is invariably good. The hot-and-sour soup is among the best in the city, and I'm also partial to #10 (a delicious pancake appetizer) and #101, a fried tofu with pork main dish. Note that all Asian Legends will deduct 10 per cent from your food bill if you show your Art Gallery of Ontario membership (a nice touch that, considering only one of its restaurants (on Dundas near Spadina) is even close to the AGO.

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            FlavoursGal Oct 28, 2006 07:07 PM

            I can't recall everything we ordered (it was about 3 or 4 months ago), but I do remember that we ordered the Peking Duck and it was done beautifully.

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              FlavoursGal Oct 28, 2006 06:32 PM

              I have been to both Asian Legend (the one on Dundas in Chinatown) and Peking Man.

              I'd go back to Peking Man, but will probably not return to Asian Legend.

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              1. re: FlavoursGal
                berbere Oct 28, 2006 06:35 PM

                any particular dishes you would recommend? at Asian Legend, we tend to order the mu shiu pork, glutinous rice rolls, soupfilled dumplings, smoked chicken/duck, soups,...

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                Pizza Lover Oct 27, 2006 10:13 PM

                The last four times we've been to Asian Legend at Yonge & Sheppard it has been very disappointing and it is now officially off our list (after being a favorite for a very long time). Service and quality of food has gone waaaaay down hill.

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                1. re: Pizza Lover
                  deelicious Oct 27, 2006 11:30 PM

                  Officially of our list too. But then again I never saw the attraction of A.L. I only liked their dry string beans (XO sauce).

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                    s0memale Oct 28, 2006 07:51 AM

                    Agree the place is declining, I use to visit there a lot when I lived a short 5min walk away, but the past few times I went there, it wasnt that great.

                  2. Brain of J Oct 27, 2006 09:18 PM

                    I haven't been to either, but I've read several reviews of both and A.L. wins hands down!

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