New cafe restaurant alert: 14°North 108°East – Modern Vietnamese in Sydney’s South West

14°North 108°East is the name of a great new modern Vietnamese cafe and restaurant in the South Western Sydney suburb of Leppington or more specifically, Emerald Hills.

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An interesting name, but 14°North 108°East are the co-ordinates of Danang in Vietnam, which is the inspiration for this establishment. This cafe and restaurant is operating out of a large modern space in the Emerald Hills shopping complex.

As you enter the restaurant you come across the coffee counter, fitted out with a new La Marzocco coffee machine and St Ali coffee. You could easily pop in for a coffee at the counter or grab one to take away.

Once inside, there is the open kitchen where you can see the kitchen staff in action, with some bar stools to eat and watch.

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The restaurant has plenty of dining space, with long tables to suit a group booking and smaller tables and benches for your family or date night.

The restaurant fit out has plenty of reference to traditional Vietnamese interiors. They make good use of the hanging basket lights and sewing machine table tops. There is a large mural on the back wall which is incredible. It has a Vietnamese theme of some beautiful brightly painted Vietnamese ladies. This is a really cool artwork and credit should be given to the artist Sophi Odling. We love the decor as it and adds character and colour to the dining space.

You could also visit here for a drink or two as the restaurant has a fully stocked bar and a good cocktail list with plenty of drink options that a beautifully presented, colourful and decorated with fruits. They also can do you up a mocktail if you prefer.

Coffee wise, the milk based coffee is pretty good, and latte art skills are top notch. In addition there’s matcha and turmeric lattes, filter batch and they also do traditional Vietnamese coffee as well as a range of tea and juices.

The cafe restaurant does breakfast, brunch and dinner. We were here for a brunch visit and this time of the day, the menu is comprised of western breakfast options as well as a range of Vietnamese breakfast and lunch choices.

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The Vietnamese options took our fancy on this occasion. The Vietnamese baked eggs $17 ash undoubtedly first on our order list; two eggs, Vietnamese Devon, Chilli jam, herbs, Nam Nuong (bbq pork skewers) and served with sourdough toast. A large tasty protein packed breakfast that was incredibly tasty.

We also ordered the Xui Mai pork meatballs $16 served in a light, sweet tomato sauce. The meatballs were very tender and we loved the sauce. So much so we added some of it to the baked eggs. Mop up the remaining sauce with some of their fresh bread.

For lunch options they have a range of Bahn Mi for $6.50 which is so reasonable. These are a modern take on the bahn mi, we loved the betel leaf beef option, it had so much flavour. There are also a range of bowls at $15, which are healthy and all the rage at the moment.

Choose a base of noodles or rice (brown or jasmine). Then select a protein, whether it be bbq pork, betel leaf wrapped beef, lemon grass pork, chicken or soy glazed tofu. Finally you get a choice of sauce peanut satay, caramelised fish sauce, lime and chilli as well soy and sesame oil. We tried the beef as well as the tofu and thoroughly loved these.

They are looking at adding beef pho to the menu and we would highly recommend they do. The tasty broth both beef brisket and beef ball had well developed flavours and was s comforting dish to warm you up on a cold winters day.

We couldn’t go past also ordering some sweetness too. The smashed Pav Frenchy at $21 was a very good sweet brunch choice. Arranged together with a thick cut cinnamon coated brioche, passionfruit infused ice cream, with seasonal berries, meringue, pistachio crumb vanilla custard and mango Ice Cream. The sweet crisp French toast and all of your favourite pav ingredients, combining two classics; French toast and the much loved Pavlova for a brilliant brunch selection.

The staff are absolutely delightful and service is efficient.

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We think this is an amazing restaurant and we will most certainly revisit. Be sure to head to 14°North 108°East for a great dining experience. The food is quality, the service is incredibly welcoming and we enjoyed the dining space, with a contemporary fit out, and as an added bonus there is a cool mural to check out too. This is now high on our list of venues in South Western Sydney.

We’d like to thank the venue for their hospitality and Pendulum Communications for extending the invitation.

Website

https://www.north14east108.com/emerald-hills

Address

Shop 1/07 Emerald Hills Blvd

Leppington NSW 2179

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