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Dragon Legend

by - April 29, 2014

About: I have been to Dragon Legend four times since they first opened, and it has surpassed the other places to become my favorite buffet. As many people probably know; Dragon Legend is the sister restaurant to the equally popular Pearl Dragon. They even share the same interior decor with red walls, and decorated with Chinese ornaments, and television screens hung on the walls. Its spacious dining area allows the customers to have a more enjoyable dining experience and not have to maneuver in cramped spaces.

Food: The buffet selection at Dragon Legend is abundant enough without overcompensating quantity over quality. Their buffet options showcases an array selection of both Western and Asian dishes. Additionally, they also have a sushi/sashimi station, Teppanyaki grill station, Peking Duck, and an impressive dessert station. There is a good amount of choices for the average diner, and should be something for everyone if you like buffets.

Price: The weekend price may be slightly steep at $29.99 for Friday-Sunday dinners, but I thought it was pretty worth it. The quality of the food was rather good for a buffet, and could justify for the cost (for example, you could load up on Peking duck). The price for their Monday to Thursday is comparable to other nearby buffets at $24.99 per adult. I dined here on four occasions (and on different days); Monday, Thursday and two Saturdays. I was surprised to find that no matter what days I went; it was completely busy around the late dinner time (7:00 pm'ish. I haven't tried out their lunch buffet yet but the prices are as followed: M-F ($13.99) and Sat-Sun ($19.99).

Service: On all visits; I thought that the service was excellent as the staff were attentive, polite, and promptly removed our used dishes. The wait for a table didn't take too long when we had a reservation.

It's highly recommended that you make a reservation on the weekend as it can be quite packed. On those busy nights, the front desk would take your name, the number of your party, and hand you an alarm (that would blink when your table is available).

 Fried food (including ribs, tempura shrimp, french fries, popcorn chicken).

The salad bar, and the cold seafood bar (mussels, shrimps, and crab legs).

 Peking Duck station.

 If you order Chinese tea; it's $1.80 per person.

 They have a wide selection of sushi and sashimi for a buffet instead of the just the usual rolls. Be warned though that the station is often watched by a staff member to ensure that people don't overload on the fish. They usually limit customers to 3 slices of sashimi per visit to the station. 

 Honestly, I would skip the dim sum dishes as I found some of the items to be bland. The plump dumpling looked aesthetically cute, but the non-translucent skin tasted extremely doughy to me. 

Additionally, they also have a steak station where the chefs would cook steak cubes on order. This can be a hit or a miss depending on the amount of salt that the chef seasoned it with.

 One of the main reasons why I love Dragon Legend; they offer Peking Duck. The staff would place the cooked duck onto a platter, and everything is self-served. Just note that on extremely busy days; they do limit each customer to four pancakes containing Peking Duck on each visit to the station. I saw a girl on a moderate night (around 8:30 pm) taking 10 pieces and they didn't say anything, so it really depends on the nights. The crispy texture of the skin was absolutely divine with the sauce.

 The salad bar was decent with different kinds of leaves, veggies, and salad dressing.

The fruits area offer the standard choices of strawberries, orange slices, melon slices, and watermelon slices.

From what I can recall; the dessert station has a selection of waffles, cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, jello, fruits, green tea mousse cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, crème brûlée, puff pastries, ginger milk pudding, and various flavors of ice cream.  

Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$

Address: 25 Lanark Road, Markham, ON, L3R 9Y7

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