Stopped into Legendary Noodle House on Main Street tonight with a friend after not having been there for about a year and a half. A co-worker was raving about the joint a few days ago and I was in the neighbourhood so thought I'd give it another shot as I seemed to recall the last time I'd stopped in to be quite dissapointing flavour-wise. I should've trusted that memory....
My friend ordered the Beef Brisket Hit Me w/ Dao Xiao Mian (Finely Sliced Noodle from a Flour Dough) which had Stir Fried Greens, Red Pepper, Celery, Bean Sprouts, and Black Bean and Soy Sauce.
I ordered the Gan-Ban-Mian Ground Pork & Black Bean Sauce w/ Minced Mushroom.
I also ordered the Gan-Ban-Mian Creamy Peanut Sauce with chicken added for an extra $2 for my wife which I had them put in a to go container to bring to her later.
My friend's dish came a full 4 minutes before mine. "Why the f--- not bring them both together?" we pondered. I tried some of her Hit Me w/ Dao Xiao Mian and it was admittedly delicious, but she didn't finish it because she discovered a few generous peices of gristle.
I got my dish and tried it. Bland. No condiments on table except a little jar of spicy oil. I added it. Now the dish was merely spicy bland. I can only describe it as bland noodles with little chunks of bland mushroom and bland pork all covered in a creamy bland sauce. I ate most but didn't finish.
Finally, I brought my wife's dish home. She gave me a bit to try and we discovered that I had payed and extra $2.00 for chicken that they didn't include. I have my bill and will take it back over there as soon as I finish typing this review. I'll also keep you posted on the outcome, gentle reader. I'd just like that money back out of principle. Also times are tight and it's Christmas on top of that. Merry Christmas by the way, but I digress...
My wife's chickenless dish was --- surprise! --- bland. "How can you get a dish with peanut sauce wrong?" we marvelled. After several additions of what we could find in the fridge - hoi san sauce, soy sauce, and sriracha sauce - it was workable, but still mediocre. Before these additions, we would describe it as bland noodles with about three slivers of bland steamed spinach covered in a bland sauce with a very subtle hint or inference of bland peanut flavour.
All in all, the bill was $26.80 including the tax. Considering the very poor quality of the food and the fact that I paid for non-existent chicken, I gave this place a "poor" rating in the value department. I basically paid to taste air.
I also rated the ambience as mediocre due to the uncomfortable little seat I had to sit on, and the really bad music blaring over the speakers. Having to listen to an acoustic singer-songwrecker's remake of The Police is what kills the vibe of any place. The rest of the too-loud music sucked hard too.
I retain a small sliver of satisfaction (a sliver akin to the size of spinach in my wife's dish, perhaps) seeing so many other bad reviews about this place here. I strongly regret going here today.
Let's work together to keep spreading the word and to warn others about this joke of a restaurant.