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Legend 72 (Formerly Penang)
Posted by Hairy Hungry Geek on 06/27/2014
We decided to give Lengend a try last night since we were in the mood again for Sichuan food. What at nice surprise - the food was super good, prepared exactly as I would expect the same dishes to be in China (well, almost). We prefer authentic Chinese food, I don't like Americanized versions. Right now this is our favorite Sichuan in this area (West 70s). We were seated right away; even when we left it was not full, I don't know why. Probably won't last for long with the excellent food. We had the cold spicy sichuan noodles and the cold sichuan cucumber and moer mushroom to start, and they were both excellent. Just the right amount of seasonings and spiciness. For our mains we had the spicy sichuan fish fillet, and the Xinjiang pork ribs. The fish came in a big bowl of peppery soup with lots of goodies and a layer of spicy oil on top, exactly as it is supposed to. Loaded with little red bombs of chile peppers, the flavor was perfect and the dish was fabulous. The eibs had a thick spicy cumin crust on them as they should, and they came with shredded lettuce in a sweet dressing that complemented the intense cumin of the ribs and also the intense heat of the fish. When we were done they brought a quartered orange for an ending palate cleanser. We were there at happy hour, and they have 3 different decent beers on draft; I had the Southhampton IPA. Service was fast and efficient, waiter was polite and very knowledgeable (of course we conversed with him in mandarin; unknown how good he would have been discussing the dishes in english). All in all, I cannot recommend this place highly enough. The food is quite a bit better than it used to be when it was Penang last year. We will for sure be back. Soon.
Posted by Bill on 04/26/2014
Hello Legend? China just called ... they want their MSG back! Don't get me wrong ... a touch of MSG can brighten up the taste, but the stuff I ordered must have been soaked in it! After about three bites my head was buzzing(and I am not subject to "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome". I ordered some of their standard dishes and some of their specialties, but ended up throwing it all out.
Posted by Vera C on 04/10/2014
Simply dreadful, after one bite threw it all out!
Posted by cather on 01/28/2014
This is a restaurant that specializes in real Chinese food. If you want chicken with snow peas you may as well just go to some joint. Try the Szechuan food, go for the authentic stuff that sounds a little exotic. There are real chefs in this kitchen. Let them do their thing. Dan dan noodles anyone?
Posted by Marc P. on 12/25/2013
The Kung pao shrimp was 95% green peppers, the chicken with broccoli tasted like rubber and the rice noodles were overly salty.
Posted by Craig on 07/11/2013
Finally we can have some decent Chinese food within walking distance. Food is good and tasty. Service is nice. Safe bet are those usual dishes you can find in every Chinese restaurant. But if you are adventurous enough you should try their Chef's special. The spicy is easily becomes addictive.
Posted by Jay on 06/30/2013
This restaurant is superb. The people who work here are so very nice. The food is fresh, and the best for block around. This restaurant is the real deal! Have been there for dinner and the lunch special and both time was amazed. Real Sichuan food.