Benley: A Vietnamese Kitchen

8191 E. Wardlow Rd.
Long Beach, CA 90808


  • Mon 5pm-9pm, Tue 11am-9pm, Wed-Sat 11am-10pm
  • $
  • Business Dining, Catering, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
No self-respecting Vietnamese person who is aware that Little Saigon exists could ever accept some of the prices Benley charges. This small, long hallway of a restaurant on the outskirts of Long Beach-where it encroaches on Cypress and Los Alamitos-levies $9 for a bowl of pho and $5 for banh mi. Little Saigonites would be right to balk-and you should, too. But to dismiss Benley on this alone would be a mistake. Focus instead on dishes you're not likely to find on Bolsa Avenue, such as the braised short rib on mashed avocado, a tender-as-sin hunk of meat slow-braised to be anise-scented and yielding when you tug at it with chopsticks. And the fried cuttlefish, which is just like all other crispy calamari appetizers, yes, but tossed in a zesty salt-pepper-lemon mixture and some wilted cilantro to make it surprisingly addicting. Definitely stick around for dessert, particularly the unfussy and downright-earnest bananas Fosters served with a scoop of ice cream and chopped nuts.

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