Legend Asian Restaurant And Bar
Reviewed by Perry Crabill on
On Sunday, March 13, 2016, my daughter and I had lunch at the Legend Asian Restaurant & Bar at 360 Gateway Drive, Suite 1. This location is in the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center near Winchester, Virginia, off Route 7 (Berryville Pike) east of I-81 Exit 315. It is at the other end of the building housing Martinâs Food.
Hours are Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 Noon-10:00 PM; Sunday, 12:00 Noon-9:30 PM. Takeout Service is available and the phone number is (540) 722-7190. The Web site is www.legendasian.com, and the restaurant is also on Facebook. The cuisine includes Japanese, Chinese, and Thai selections.
The entrance is on your right as you face the building, and has a vestibule with an interesting dÃ©cor. A long fountain trough the entire length of the back wall has its sprays of water illuminated by colored lights surrounding the submerged jets. There are no fish in the water. Several plants are located here, including a large potted palm.
The vestibuleâs inner door is at your left. The entry area has a receptionistâs station and benches for those waiting. A long bar along the right wall has 12 stools, with a large display of bottles on its back wall. Hanging lamps over the bar have lights that slowly change color as they are watched. Two TV screens are here, one on your right and the other on your left.
The dining area has two low dividers providing three seating sections. The right section near the bar has booths against the divider; the center section has booths along both dividers with some tables in the rear. The left section has booths up front along the divider and tables further back, along with tables along the left wall. There are other tables next to the window along the front of the room.
The floor tiles are dark, the ceiling is light, and the somewhat subdued lighting in the dining area is by bulbs recessed in the ceiling, giving the space a cozy ambience conducive to leisurely dining.
The unobtrusive music was more American than Oriental. The left and rear walls included pairs of panels with indistinct patterns edged with small green lights. I wondered if some form of art might be intended for these panels later.
The menu is in a heavy folder, with eight stiff, laminated pages. Categories include Soup, Salad, Appetizers, Sushi & Sashimi a La Carte, Sushi Bar EntrÃ©e, Sushi Roll or Hand Roll, Chefâs Special Roll, Char Grilled Teriyaki, Tempura, Kitchen Hibachi EntrÃ©e, and Bento Box (Lunch or Dinner).
Also, Kidâs Menu, Chinese EntrÃ©e (Specialties, Poultry, Seafood, Beef, Vegetables), Thai EntrÃ©e, Noodles & Rice, Lunch Special (11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Monday-Friday), Maki Combo (11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Monday-Friday), Cocktails, Frozen Exotic Martini, White Wine, Red Wine, Japanese Saki, Beers, and Drinks.
While we were perusing the menu, Jacky, our server, brought us a bowl of fried wonton and a small dish of sweet dipping sauce. We had been previously given chopsticks without asking and I used mine.
My daughter had iced tea, but had to ask for sugar because none was at the table. I wanted hot tea, but it was not available in a teapot; it came as green tea, already brewed, in a large earthenware cup.
My daughter ordered Walnuts Pineapple Shrimp from the Specialties section of the Chinese Menu: lightly battered jumbo shrimp with broccoli and chefâs specialty sauce, with white rice, requesting that the broccoli be left out. I ordered a Bento Box with Chicken Teriyaki, which included miso soup, green salad, and white rice. This was a dinner-sized order; apparently the lunch portion is not available on weekends.
It came on a large segmented platter with eight strips of chicken with teriyaki sauce on a bed of chopped vegetables, six pieces of sushi, six pieces of tofu, two baby carrots, two broccoli florets, and two spring rolls. I took half of my serving home.
The interior of the restaurant has been completely redone from its previous occupancy by the Sansui Japanese Steakhouse, Seafood & Sushi Restaurant. Incidentally, Jacky told us that she had once been a server at the Sansui.
The owners of the Legend Asian Restaurant & Bar have operated the China Dragon Restaurant, a much smaller place, in the Stonewall Plaza Shopping Center off Route 522 north of Winchester since 2008. A comparison of the two placeâs menus shows that a number of items are common to both. I rate each eatery as a Keeper.