Since 1997 Legendary Noodle has been making their signature, traditional handmade noodles in Vancouver.
I thought this would be a great place to take my boyfriend's parents, as it looked so promising and I heard good thing about the food. We received the worst service we have ever gotten, and the food was 100% meh. I was embarrased that I even suggested it, and we will never, ever return.
I was attracted to the exotic decor of this place so I gave the food a try. The place feels warm and cozy inside with the wood accents and the mysterious traditional objects that adorned the walls. I ordered the beef noodle soup so I could try the hand-made noodle made in house. The hand made noodle turned out to be acceptable; it is quite chewy. I didn't like the soup base, which tasted very salty, almost bitter. There were only three sad little piece of beef and a few leaves of spinach in the noodle soup. Not very impressive at all. I would say you can get much better beef noodle soup elsewhere, but go to the place for its intimate ambiance.
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.
The sesme noodle dish had to be sent back because it was lukewarm. Upon asking it to be reheated, the waitress tried to add more chilies--thinking we meant spicy, not warm. The noodles in soup with beef was unflavouful. However, the lamb shank was huge and that was quite a good dish. You may be dissapointed with the food, but give it a try.
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...
BF and I love the noodles, the reasonable prices and the large portions. He always has the Gan Man Bian lemon garlic dish and polishes it all off. I like the Hit Me dish with pork and hot garlic sauce. Yes, there is a little bit of greasiness to the noodles, but they are yummy anyway. I plan to try the soups next time as they also seem popular. Ambiance is fine - small and cosy, although the clothes do smell a little bit of fried stuff when you get home. I find that happens with most Chinese and Indian places though, so nothing unusual about the Legendary Noodle in this regard. It's fun to sit near the kitchen and watch the chefs at work, making the noodles by hand. Recommended for sure.
I really enjoy the food here. Not only is it cheap but really high quality. The surroundings are quite unique and cozy. I especially love the beaded door. The dishes are large enough for two people to share, cutting the costs down to almost $6 per person. The texture of the noodles is just amazing seeing as they are all handmade right in front of you! The service is okay but only because it is usually really busy in there.
I'm a return customer for life!