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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.