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Published September 30th 2019
A Southwest Sydney new exotic culinary escape
Located in Leppington, Southwest Sydney, 14 North 108 East is a new modern, vibrant Vietnamese eatery, that incontestably taking the Southwest culinary world by storm!



The pan-Asian inspired menu focuses on share plates and offers a three-in-one eatery with all-day dining, incorporating three spaces, relaxed café, breakfast bar, and a central dining hub with a sophisticated cocktail bar.

The Open Kitchen


14 North 108 East also offers an exceptional coffee menu that encompasses the world's best brewing methods. The name of the restaurant is a nod to geographical coordinates for the Vietnamese city, Pleiku. Pleiku is a region in central highland Vietnam that is famous for its coffee-growing culture, as well as where the owners also have a family history.

The Cocktail Bar


So with coffee in its blood, 14 North 108 East is bringing the best coffee to the Southwest, which means no need to travel all way to town for good coffee!

Atmosphere/ Décor

14 North 108 East is designed for a seamless flow from morning to evening for all-day dining. It features ultra-urban interiors that reflect the burgeoning café and dining culture that has taken hold in vibrant cities across Asia in recent years.

It is open plan and features a kitchen-side seating as well as showcasing a state-of-the-art coffee bar, and a sophisticated cocktail bar with high-rising seating.

The Coffee Bar


It is not hard to notice the stunning, awe-inspiring floor-to-ceiling murals that cover the entire back wall of 14 North 108 East.



The atmosphere was relaxing, even though it was a busy evening when we attended. The staff were attentive, friendly, and Alex, our waiter, did a marvellous job at explaining the menu to us.

The main dining hub


Menu

The menu showcases shared items and include a feast of traditional Vietnamese and pan-Asian dishes, that awaken the senses and transforms you on an exotic culinary journey across Asia.



There are small, entrée, salad, large, dessert and a banquet menu dishes available for dinner. The breakfast and lunch menu offers traditional Vietnamese breakfast and lunch dishes, including pho, classic breakfast dishes, breakfast bowls, build-your-own lunch bowls, Vietnamese rolls, and more.



Some of the dishes on the dinner menu include sweet and sour chick pops, son-in-law eggs, wok breath pippies. Barramundi and green apple salad, luc luc, ngo sen salad. Enoki beef skewers, nem noung skewers, tropical chicken, pineapple fried rice boat, Indochine ragu, Buddha claypot, as well as Saigon pork and seafood spring roll mixed with taro and woodear mushrooms, savoury turmeric pancake, and much more tantalizing dishes.

The dessert menu features mouth-watering dishes, including Longan Flan, North East Sago, and Banana Spring Roll.



Drinks

There is a dynamic cocktail menu featuring light, easy-to-sip cocktails classics with hints of Asian flavour combinations. Drinks include Smoking Old Fashion, Peaches the Moscow Mule, Singapore Sling, local and boutique wines, beers and ciders also make the drinks menu.

The Smoking Old Fashioned Cocktail


We ordered the Smoking Old Fashioned ($18) and Custom Brew Co. Picton Pale Ale Beer ($9).

The Smoking Old Fashioned features sugar cubes slowly dissolved with bitters and Woodford Bourbon, Oakwood is smoked, and then trapped. Pour over at your leisure — it a with a twist of orange rind slice.

The smokey goodness...


It was like playing with fire, the cocktail featured notes of smoky wood, reminding me of a campfire by the beach. The ash and fire set the mood. It was warming and filled with delicious rich flavour. I felt this cocktail complemented most of the dishes we ordered.



Food

We ordered Banh Xeo ($24), Saigon Seafood Spring Roll ($7), Betal Leaf Beef Skewers ($15), Luc Luc ($25) and for dessert, we ordered the North East Sago ($15).



The Banh Xeo- savoury turmeric pancake, thit-neong (pork skewers), prawns and bean sprouts were filled with flavour and texture!

The Banh Xeo (Savoury Turmeric Pancake)


The pancake was nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The generous fillings of the pork skewers, bean sprouts, and prawns were seasoned perfectly and amalgamated so well together. The slight char on the pancake added a different element of taste to the palate.



Overall, this dish was flavoursome with textural elements and was probably one of the best Banh Xeo I have tasted in Sydney. It was seasoned well and filled with flavour.



Our next dish was Saigon Seafood Spring Roll pork and seafood mixed with taro and woodear mushrooms.

Saigon Seafood Spring Roll


The spring roll was a generous size and included three spring rolls cooked perfectly! The pastry was beautifully golden, flaky and crispy, and wasn't greasy.

The mixture of flavours inside was well seasoned and tasty; however, I felt like I tasted more pork than the seafood mix. None the less, it was delicious entree and the side dipping sauce complimented the spring rolls quite wonderfully.



The Betel Leaf Beef Skewer grilled seasoned beef mince wrapped in betel leaf with peanut sauce was like everything else we ordered cooked to perfection!

The Betel Leaf Beef Skewer


The betel leaves still had their beautiful green colour, and the mincemeat inside was moist, it was sapid and quite enjoyable.



Our final savoury dish was Luc Luc marinated raw beef with banana blossom, herbs, fried onion with lemon and fish sauce.

The zest, spice, freshness, crunch, and saltiness transformed this humble salad into a culinary overload filled with an overload of flavour and texture and undoubtedly surpassed our expectations.

The Luc Luc Salad


The divine combination of elements transformed the palate into a wonderland of gastronomic delight, with the burst of flavours balancing well together, it was the perfect marriage!



There was no fault in this dish from presentation to flavour to teasing the taste buds for more. This dish was the highlight for the evening and without a doubt was one of the most luscious dishes I have ever had the privilege of experiencing. I will certainly eat it again.



With little space remaining and feeling like we were going to lose the will to live, we were served dessert.

The North East Sago coconut tapioca with fresh caramel infused pineapple topped with crushed peanuts.

The North East Sago


We did not know what to expect here, and once our dessert hit the table, it was a picture of perfection. With all elements together in a mouthful, the dish was heavenly.



Not one element overpowered, it was a unison of the right amount of sweetness and gentle flavours from the smooth coconut tapioca. The texture was present from the caramel infused fresh pineapple pieces. Slight disappointed was the dessert was not topped with crushed peanuts as stated on the menu, instead, it was served with sprinkled sesame seeds.



Overall, our experience at 14 North 108 East was exceptional; all the dishes were packed with flavour, texture and seduced our senses. It was a gastronomical experience that left us full but still wanting more.



Love and passion for food were not hard to notice in each dish. All dishes were well-prepared delectable meals with excellent presentation and exquisite dishes.

It was a culinary experience that took us to Vietnam from the warm, welcoming atmosphere to the delicious dishes that cannot be faulted.

We cannot wait to return to try out the breakfast, lunch and other dinner dishes.


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When: Daily: 7:30am-3pm & 5pm-9pm & Friday & Saturday evenings 5pm-10pm
Phone: 0413 770 125
Where: Shop 1/07, Emerald Hills Blvd, Leppington
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