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Benley Vietnamese in Long Beach

kevin | May 8, 200608:05 PM

Almost forgot this review. And definitely if you are in the area, or even sort of close, worth a visit, actually even if you're not it's worth it.

They're sort of working with the vietmanese foods you've seen at countless other mom and pop joints around town except slightly updated and maybe a little more streamlined. But in this case the adaptation is good.

First, we shared an order of the rice paper spring rolls, which i though were ok, nothing to exciting or delicious. Other appetizer's on the menu are braised short ribs with avocado puree and panko-crusted fried shrimp along with smalles portions of pho.

So me and my friend ordered up the entree-size portion of pho with the flank steak, along with the shaken beef which is sauteed in oil with green and red peppers and onions and tomatoes. both were very good and the pho was not terribly salty, sometimes pho gets out of this world salty which I do not care for.

And as for the dessert menu, it would rival a fashionable joint on the westside. Strawberries in balsamic glaze, buttermilk panna cotta, melted vahrlona chocolate (cake), banana's foster (i guess that ones's not that fashionable, banana bread pudding with coconut sauce. and maybe a couple others. we tied up the chocolate cake which was tiny but good with a little creme anglaise sauce to dip into on the side, and the panna cotta which was not too sweet and sort of sour from the buttermilk. Who would have believed having these desserts in this joint? Very interesting.

It's on Wardlow Road and norwalk.

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