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Cuisine type

  • Chinese,
  • Asian,

Dishes

  • Dim Sum,
  • Chow Mein,
  • Wonton Soup,

Features

  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Family,

Products and Services

  • Good For Groups,
  • Chinese,
  • Dumplings,
  • Dim Sum,
  • China,
  • Taiwan,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • Mandarin,
  • Cantonese,
Location
418 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G7
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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

Asian Legend owner Michael Wang grew up in the restaurant business. “I never had the experience of eating at home in my own kitchen,” he says. "Growing up, my house was a restaurant. We lived upstairs because in Taiwan the home and the restaurant were always one piece.”

Michael's parents owned a restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan, but after immigrating to Toronto in 1987, they realized there weren't a lot of Chinese food options in the city at the time, especially not the authentic northern Chinese cuisine the Wangs specialized in. “We served fried dumplings, chopped beef noodle soup and soup-filled dumplings, and at the time, most Chinese food in Toronto was cantonese-style – sweet and sour pork, vegetables in oyster sauce, stewed beef. But in Northern China it snows, just like in Canada, so there are a lot of good resources already here used to make Northern Chinese dim sum,” says Michael.

So, in 1988, the Wangs opened a small take-out place on the second floor at 526 Dundas Street West called Wey Shiang Tsuen, but this was hard for Canadians to pronounce. “Wey Siang sounds Asian and we serve authentic cuisine that we keep traditional, so it's a legend – an 'Asian Legend.'”

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Restaurantica12
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Asian Fun

The Decor is fantastic. Tables and chairs are well-constructed, and the lighting sets a charming mood. The food is well-prepared and fresh. Honey Garlic Sesame Chicken (not quite General Tao, but close enough) was very crunchy and well-textured. They used real honey so the sauce on the chicken was thick and rich. The beef rollover was good and cooked well but could have had a bit more sauce in it, a little dry to chew and swallow. The real treat was the soup-filled pork dumplings which exploded with flavour every time. This is an active and busy restaurant, so be prepared for lots of people eating and settling at tables. The staff works to clear the tables quickly, but they can sometime seem abrupt in their manner. Washroom has modern fixtures and is kept clean.

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Decent Chinese food for a decent price

Boyfriend is Cantonese, lives in downtown Toronto, and misses the Chinese food he used to get in Markham and Vancouver. Poor guy. Asian Legend is our go-to restaurant. THE FOOD Decent diner food, with a short, yummy dim sum menu. I've tried the dan-dan noodles, braised tofu and seafood casserole, sauteed long beans, veg pan fried dumplings, and green onion pancake. All of them have been well prepared, though the level of heat in their spicy foods tends to be inconsistent. I particularly like their crispy green onion pancake. Prices are very reasonable for downtown, but the wait can be long at peak dinner times. THE SERVICE Servers are good for a Chinese restaurant... at least, if you speak Cantonese. They've been very helpful in explaining what's in various dishes. Their English isn't great, but they make an effort. They slam down the tableware... but if you've been to authentic Chinese diners, you know that's par for the course. Best of all, they take credit card and debit, and have a glassed kitchen you can watch the chefs working in.

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I go here at least once a month so I'm not new to...

I go here at least once a month so I'm not new to this restaurant. I love thier steamed pork soup dumplings, they're always made fresh and come out steaming hot so watch out, or they'll burn your lips!! They're always so juicy and flavourful! I love this restaurant! Good food and quick service! They even have a see through screen that shows people making the dumplings fresh. I also love their chunky beef noodles!! It's soo tasty!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this restaurant!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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