Since 1997 Legendary Noodle has been making their signature, traditional handmade noodles in Vancouver.
This place is small but cosy. The designers went to a lot of trouble to create an authentic Asian feel to the restaurant and the open kitchen with chefs pulling noodles provided for an entertaining meal. I had the beef soup with wontons, veggies and thin noodles. ($7.25) It needed some hot sauce to spice it up but the wontons were fresh and flavourful. My friend had the veggie noodle soup with spicy seasonings($6.99) that she said was tasty. The home made fruit flavoured tea ($2) was excellent. Hope this place survives!
Took a girlfriend here cuz she was craving for noodles but boy was I disappointed. The decor is nice and I expected some yummy treats but it turned out blah. I don't remember what she ordered but she said it was OK. I ordered the veggie noodle soup and it was not tasty and I just wanted to leave and go have pizza across the street or something. I could barely finish the bowl even tho I am a major noodle lover. I'm never going again.
I took Mrs. C and a friend to this place when I discovered that Café Europa (formerly Clove on Denman) is now a Japanese restaurant. I saw a local lounging on his bicycle nearby, and asked about the demise of the café. He said, “Why don’t you try the noodle place across the street? It’s great!” I thought this guy sounded enthusiastic, so we gave LN a try. There is no real signage to mark this place, and it was not easy to find.
We wedged ourselves into the tiny restaurant and were seated at a puny booth. I begged for a larger table, and was told that one might soon be available.
We ordered the onion pancake appetizer with peanut sauce and the chive stuffed pancake. Both were excellent, and I had some Great Wall wine to wash it down. I thought the only Chinese wine was mau tai, but this was a red wine. It wasn’t great, but when in Rome…
I had the lamb and cumin with sliced noodles, and my companions had beef flank in thin noodle soup and dumplings in thin noodle soup. This place is all about the noodles, and they didn’t disappoint. They were amazing, but the rest of the meal left something to be desired. All the dishes were WAY too salty. If they fix that, the food would be better.
The servers seemed like they wanted to be somewhere else, but they were competent. I found the ambience to be a little cramped, and the w/c was not super terrific. The cooking area is beside the rear booths, and it was fun to watch the cooks play with the noodles, so you get a show with dinner.
Will I be back? Probably, but this place could use improvement.
Food: Starchy uncooked clumpy noodles, swimming in sesame sauce, decorated with thinly sliced cucumbers and old tofu.
Service: They don't know how to count. There was one server for the entire restaurant. They gave us two glasses of water for four people, then two pairs of chopsticks. The food (keep in mind it's just simple noodles) took 30 minutes to come. I specifically requested cold noodles, but received lukewarm noodles.
Value: At 7.99$, I was not even full!! The portions seem large, but it's actually just because it's swimming in sauce.
Ambiance: The tacky coloured lights did nothing to improve the situation.
Came here mid week for lunch. We both had the Beef Broth Noodle bowl I had the thin noodle and he had the flat.
The broth was flavouful and hot, I liked the spinach and brocolli in the soup along with the fresh coriander and basil. My thin noodles tasted fresh and they gave a good amount, not too much.
To drink we both had the house tea; it looked good and at first sip was hot and aromatic with floating a floating nut, dyhedrated cranberries and cherries in it but was really sweet as it steeped in the glass, it became almost like a juice as it cooled down and not a good way; I drank half.
The service was okay; I asked what Jaio Zi were and her answer was "it's Jaio Zi" after asking again she let me know they were dumplings. The soups came out about 3 mins apart so that was also kind of annoying but no biggie. One thing that I didn't like where the chopsticks; because they were plastic and smooth there was nothing for the noodles to grip to so they would slide right off, instead of having a bit of a squared off edge they were round so it was slow eating the noodles.
The room was dark and quiet, there were 3 other tables indcluding us. My business partner wasn't too impressed either with it; we both thought the soup was good but nothing to come back for.
Another thing we didn't like was the chilli oil on the table; it was the most mild and flavourless 'hot sauce' ever, we each put the oil and the crushed chillis that sit in the dish and still nothing, now that I think about it the broth was pretty bland I had to put pepper in it.
Overall okay; I'd rather have pho if I'm going to go for some broth/meat/noodle soup. Good to check out but probably won't go back; nice to try though, wierd entrance btw.
Looking at the Legendary Noodles reviews. I was kind of surprised at how people dislike the place, the restaurant is focused on providing a similar experience that you see in Taiwanese or Chinese noodle restaurants, quick and delicous tasting noodles where the chef emphasize quality over quantity.
I came here on recommendation with a friend while preparing for the firework celebrations. The place had lots of Tibetian decorations with low lighting to give it a sophisticated feel while we get to see the chef at work.
I decided to order the beef slice noodles while my friend ordered the turnip noodles. Contrary to one of the reviews. The soup base is MSG free as it delivered a savory and refreshing taste that didn't made ask for water. The noodles are made fresh and the water used to cook the noodles is changed to make sure it tastes as fresh and non starchy as possible. The head chef really enjoys what he does for a living instead of most turn and burn joints.
Overrall not a bad place to visit and my friend would gladly try the chef special to see his skills.
I can't resist a good bowl of noodle, especially hand made ones, but this place is bad. Real bad.
The noodles itself is decent enough, however, the cooking is awful. The Chinese restaurants in the suburbs catering to Caucasians cook a better noodle dish.
I should have guessed as much by the decor. The place is obviously catered to the Caucasians, and by the reviews before me, they have succeeded.
went as a twosome here on sunday morning. got seated in a twosome table right in front of the kitchen pick up window. we got a good view of the 2 chiefs and 1 waitress serving the entire restaurant. She was busy as she was doing everything, hostess, cashier, busing, and serving. She needed some more help but her attitude was good, besides a little slow service, everything else was ok.
we ordered pea shoots, xialong buns, beef noodle soup and green onion pancake. We had no room on our table to put all 4 dishes, so we ate holding our little bowl and all other dishes occupying the postage stamp size table. After we were done i decided to bus our own table and remove some of the dishes to the service cart in the back and also refilling our water glasses from the jug on the counter.
i was a little put off on the $1.50 for hot tea, which is free at other restaurants like this, but just had water instead, at least it was clear on the menu that tea is not free.
i was fine doing this as the waitress was swamped. I found the value a little expensive for what we got, but it was a good experience.
i love my noodles and i got some garlic noodle dish with chicken it was sooooo goood. we walked by, thought the place looked neat and it was busy so decided to go in. loved the decor and more importantly the food was so good! my boyfriend got a soup noodle dish i think and he absolutely loved it too!
I gave the overall rating a poor because the food has just way too much MSG and nothing would be able to redeem it. The noodles tasted pretty good, the stock was rather weak and broccoli in noodles just seems strange to me. the space is cute & rather quaint. Service was speedy.
Went for lunch with 3 co-workers and two had the Peanut Sauce noodles and the other two had the lemon garlic noodles. Very difficult to eat with slippery plastic chopsticks for one thing and bland, flavourless sauces all around. The bits of grisely, stringy chicken were disgusting and we spat them out. Few pieces of basil/spinach and even the chili sauce condiment didn't help. We were all still hungry afterwards and made a promise never to return. The place is tiny and cramped and dark too...blah.
My first Legendary experience was with the original joint on Main Street. This Denman branch is a welcome addition. The place is warm. Tight. Cramped, even. Its low-lighting and wooden tables and benches give it an intimacy which I really enjoy. The service is always prompt and friendly.
The noodles are made fresh. You can watch the noodle master if you want. If you haven't seen it done before, you should. The noodlery is not show-cased as it is in the Main St shop, but you can still get a peek. Eating the noodles is a pleasure. My favourite dish is the pork mince-black bean-mushroom. Get the thin noodles (you can get your noodles made various ways. I like thin best).
The steamed pork and chive dumplings are also delicious. The chilli sauce, found on every table, has a pleasing, slightly burnt flavour.
All in all, this place has great noodles for not too much money. $25 bought two of us the pork dish, a soup with thin noodles and dumplings and a beer.
I went here for dinner this evening with my friend. I had the spicy szechwan chicken on thin noodles. It's cool that you can pick you noodle: thin, thick, or flat, and see the chefs making them from scratch. The food was good. My dish was spicy like I asked for, and the serving size was generous. Defineltely a good value. I was a bit disappointed with the service though - the waitress was nice but super slow. It took forever to get a glass of water, let alone a refill of water (which I badly needed with my spicy noodle dish). They also have a great Belgium bottled beer. Cozy place for a cozy meal if you're in no hurry.
I feel I need to write this review after reading all these negative reviews of one of my favorite noodle restaurants. I eat here a few times a month because they give you mountains of tasty food that is moderately priced, and the staff is always very kind to me.
If you're a very picky person who cares about the type of music they play, and what exact cut of chicken you are getting then this place is not for you. But if you want an extremely large, filling, and very tasty meal at a fair price then try it out.
It's alright. Was really excited about it, walking in looks very memorable. It used to be an old italian coffee joint, you can still see the -Ciao !- signs above old bar. Anyways, decor is very nice and definitely a plus. Its a small place but they have a good arrangement, good vibe and cool music.
The noodles are truly superb and watching the noodle masters in action is always entertaining. Not very flavorful though , really think the food overall needs some tightening up. Specially starting with such fresh raw materials as in-house made noodles, the final dishes should blow me away - they don't really though. Appetizers seem to be better than entrees.
Getting charged for tea also upsets me to no end, specially when it is the cheap chinese tea i'm familiar with.
It's alright, nothing more.
We decided to try out Legendary Noodle having walked by and seen the line-up, and were intrigued by the hand-pulled noodles.
The service was spotty, and it took almost 20 minutes to order. Our food did not come out at the same time. The noodles were too starchy and filling, and the flour from them even started to thicken the broth. The worst, though, had to be that even though the menu item we ordered had veggies and meat, we just received noodles in lukewarm broth!!
Cheap - yes. Not good or cheerful.
The first thing that I noticed when walking in was a whiff of an unpleasant smell, which I later recognized as rotting lunch meat. Maybe it was just me, but I smelt it twice later when walking past the "kitchen" in the back of the restaurant. Probably just me...
The girl dressed in a t-shirt and cut-offs sat us in a booth. Pardon, that is actually two church pews facing each other, with a table in the middle. Now, I'm all for ambiance and stuff, but... I guess in this case they were trying to educate us on the fact that everyone in Asia sits on benches, stools or, well, church pews. For extra padding they put 4 pillow cases. That's pillow covers, not pillows. (Refer to the title...)
We ordered Spring Rolls and Edamame to start. They came out first, as we had asked, but the Spring Rolls were very hot and all the three of us had to eat over were paper napkins. So here we are, trying to hold on to the rolls with plastic chop sticks, dripping plum sauce all over the napkins. Oh and by the way, what's with the plastic flatware? One of the reasons I hate Hon's (on Robson) is not because of its Soviet Cafeteria feel or the slime they serve for food, but the plastic utensils one has to use to scoop up that slime with. You know how difficult it is to hold on to anything using those? Ever heard of bamboo? Renewable, so no monkeys have to die... Too expensive I guess, eh? I'll pay the extra dollar, I swear.
Anyway, I ordered thin noodles with pork, mushrooms and black bean sauce. Now you can't go wrong with that combination. But the dish was nothing I had expected. The pork was ground! Huh? There was maybe one mushroom, a broccoli and a couple of green beans on the side. And a bunch of black bean sauce. Not even all of the noodles were coated with the sauce though. Was it just squeezed from a bottle at the last moment? So it was really Spaghetti Bolognese sans the tomato sauce. Thank God it came with a fork and a spoon, which I would usually find atrocious. But remember what I said about slime and plastic chop sticks...
Oh, the tea! Green tea in a Chinese restaurant... Tetley! In a water glass! With a paper coffee cup sleeve! Now that's creative!
The bill came immediately after our plates were cleared, which I thought was presumptuous, seeing that we had ordered starters. But maybe they didn't have dessert. By then I couldn't be bothered to check. It was $18 something + tip per person. The others had had similar stuff and we split the starters. My reaction was: did I really eat 20 bucks worth of food?
When we were leaving, a group of girls came in and were brought to our table to wait for us to leave. I guess they were meant to sit at the empty table next to us, but they really wanted ours. So much so that one of them sat down at our dirty table before I could get out of the booth. Good luck ladies! Wouldn't wanna be ya...
Sept 29, 2009 – NICE DÉCOR. BAD FOOD. EVEN WORSE SERVICE. We were on Denman Street and intrigued by the interesting décor that we could see from the street. Inside, was also really charming and the menu looked delicious, so we were quite excited and hoped we had found a great new place to eat. Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there. We asked the server if the chicken used in the dishes was all breast meat and she told us that it definitely was all boneless breast meat. We ordered 2 dishes with flat noodles, one with Lemon Garlic Green Onion Sauce and one with Creamy Peanut Sauce (adding on what we believed would be chicken breast for an additional $3.50) plus Green Onion Pan Cake to start. We eagerly awaited our food. The Green Onion Pan Cake arrived and was somewhat flavourful but incredibly heavy with grease. The accompanying peanut dipping sauce was bland and tasteless. Then our noodles arrived. The noodles with Lemon Garlic Green Onion Sauce had a nice aroma and really good flavour but were incredibly greasy and the noodles were unpleasantly doughy and chewy. There were a few sparse pieces of broccoli and spinach and that was it. The noodles with Creamy Peanut Sauce came in a disappointingly bland sauce with the same unpleasantly doughy and chewy noodles, again with a few sparse pieces of broccoli and spinach and an overall very greasy texture. Worst of all… the little scraps of greasy chicken were most definitely not breast. We pointed this out to the server who argued with us saying it was breast and “it was from all parts of the chicken”!! We also felt that both dishes were a poor value at $13 each, given they were just some noodles with a few bits of broccoli and spinach. The extra $3.50 for the greasy bits of dark meat chicken was ludicrous. We will definitely never go back, which is a shame because it seemed like this place had a lot of potential.
Decided to give this place a shot as the menu looked interesting. The place looked busy and we had to wait about 10 minutes. That said, like others have said, there appears to only be only one server and he is defintely running around if the place is full (there are about 10 tables). The music playing was also a bit odd, everything from house/trance to rock to romantic songs.
Had the noodle soup and the noodles were fresh and the beef tasty but the soup had far too much MSG or flavouring - it was overpowering. The Chinese Chive pancakes were decent but nothing incredible.
Prices were reasonable and if I would give it another shot, I would go on a less busy day.
Try the lamb shank dish, or the cumin lamb shanks. The noodles are handmade in the establishment and they are unbelievable. Every dish is cooked to order in front of you with an open kitchen, a perfect small hidden away location on Denman. Highly recommended.