Address: 1074 Denman St (at Comox), Vancouver, BC.
The noodles are legendary…and the service is legendarily poor. Though I’ve been here many times and I am always disappointed by the service; I keep going back because the food is pretty damn good and I know all my poor musician friends can afford to join me there.
The noodles are handmade on site and deeeeeeelicious. For $7-13 you will get to choose from over twenty different noodles dishes – and for many you can also choose the noodle size (thin, thick, or flat). Seven of the dishes are veggie. The portions here are huge. And when they say spicy they mean really spicy. I do NOT recommend getting the szchuan chicken flavored ‘extremely spicy’…I don’t even know why that’s an option. However, I do recommend the Dao Xiao Mian (hand cut flour noodle dishes, $9-11.25). Choose from 5 different meat options (or tofu) and add that goodness to your fine noodles, green and red peppers, celery, suey choy, bean sprouts, green onion, ginger root, and soy. And taaaa daaaaa! It’s suddenly that stir fry you’ve been trying to make at home for the last 5 years but still haven’t been able to master.
Eight of the ten available appetizers/sides are vegetarian. For $3-10, expect the usual: green onion pancake, pea shoots, tofu, edamame, dumplings.
If you’re not into noodles, or for some reason not full yet — make sure to add on an order of their amazing dumplings (4-12 pcs, $7.25). A!M!A!Z!I!N!G!
Oh yeah — the drinks!….two things of note: 1- the house tea is really interesting, with tonnes of stuff floating in it (y’know, like flowers and things), 2- they serve zhujiang (my very favorite asian beer). This Chinese lager is not as dry as asahi or sapporo and soooooooooo much more refreshing!
I’ve never had a bad meal at legendary noodles — I’ve just had, rude, poor, forgetful service. I would not go there for a business lunch or anything — but it does make for a good place to go if you’re half cut with a couple of buddies.
Watch out for the following:
they might randomly insist that they only take cash
they might bring out all the food and then leave one person waiting 15+ minutes for their meal with no explanation
they might wait 25 minutes to bring you your bill
they might not bring you your drinks
they might read a book in the back corner for 10 minutes instead of seating you
they might kill your grandpa
The list goes on and on….so just don’t expect too much of the service. It doesn’t seem to matter which waitress you get — they’re all pretty terrible.
I give Legendary Noodles a rating of Lima Beans for the crappy service but two Smiley Kitties for the tasty food. Go there when you’re broke and drunk.
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