Friday, 21 November 2008

Leong's Legend review - Taiwanese food in London's Chinatown


I chanced upon Leong's Legend (translated as Liang Shan Hao Han), a Taiwanese eatery that recently opened in London's Chinatown, the other day with a group of friends. Actually, we were heading towards Korean Kitchen (which will be featured in a later post) but decided to try Leong's instead.

London-Taiwanese-foodWhat's fascinating about Leong's Legend is that it's the first Taiwanese eatery in London's Chinatown. Whenever Londoners think of Chinese food, it's invariable Cantonese cuisine. Not surprisingly, there was a queue of people outside Leong's Legend when we arrived while many other Cantonese, Japanese and Korean restaurants that are found all over Chinatown weren't even full.

Sporting an interesting menu that offers Steamed Bamboo Rice, Braised Pork Rice, Spicy Fried Chicken and the oh so familiar Aw Jian (oyster wrapped in egg) - all of which are traditional Taiwanese street fare. We didn't order the oyster as some in our group is allergic to it, and opted for xiao long bao (meat dumplings with soup) instead.
My Old Place - affordable Chinese dining
Yauatcha - London's dim sum king
London-Taiwanese-foodHonestly, the food wasn't exactly what I would die for though I must say that the ambiance, which seeks to mimic that of a Chinese inn, had added quite a bit of flavor into the entire dining experience. The portions are on the small side so be prepared to order a second serving. The bill came up to just over £30 for the four of us, excluding drinks.

The service staff, most of whom are Chinese (as in from China), were pleasant and prompt. One member of the staff, whom I must single out, was really rude and nearly spoil our entire evening. Incidentally, he was the only guy and the only Cantonese among the staff. Well, perhaps he would have treated us a bit better if we speak Cantonese. Oh well.

Anyway, do give it a try if you're in the neighborhood. Oh, did I mention that there's a 10% service charge as well?

Address: 4 Macclesfield St, Chinatown, W1D 6AX
Tel: 020 7287 0288
Nearest Tube station: Leicester Square

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £10 pp
Taste: **
Service: ***
Ambience: **
Suitable for: if you are craving for (cheap) Chinese food but sick of dim sum

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I went there at the first time and love the food ...but not in the second time ... horrible service and bad, won't go back again..!