Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Benley: A Vietnamese Kitchen

8191 E. Wardlow Rd. (N. Norwalk Blvd.) Send to Phone
562-596-8130 | Menu
Benley's French-accented Vietnamese cuisine warrants a special trip to dine at this out-of-the-way café.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 2 reviews

Benley: A Vietnamese Kitchen Restaurant Review

: This minimalist Vietnamese café in Long Beach succeeds due to the skills of its talented kitchen. Appetizers include fried and salted cuttlefish, as well as lemon grass charred pork spring rolls. The authentic pho is a good way to sample one of the restaurant's four varieties of beef noodle soup, while the braised short rib separates from the bone with the flick of a chopstick and is accompanied by an avocado purée. Main dishes include catfish with tomato confit, a rich chicken curry, and flattened chicken with a red wine jus. More ambitious dishes come in the likes of pan-seared salmon topped with cilantro aïoli and flash-fried salted shrimps with soybean oil and ginger strands. There's no wine list and no bar, but much planning has gone into the desserts. Buttermilk panna cotta, ringed with mint syrup and Key lime anglaise, is tasty. So is the classic preparation of bananas Foster. Given the off-the-beaten-path location and décor limited to two paper lanterns and three photos of Saigon, Benley can afford to charge less for the ambitious food.

User Ratings & Reviews for Benley: A Vietnamese Kitchen
Discover new LA restaurants like Butchers & Barbers
New Restaurants in Los Angeles
Find all the Los Angeles restaurants that have opened recently with GAYOT's round-up.

See What's New in LA!


Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.