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Published September 9th 2014
Eat and drink like a God in Brisbane's fave wine bar
I have been eating at Fifth Element on Southbank for around three years now and it never fails to impress my taste buds with it's incredible wine list and delicious tapas and meals. This large indoor/outdoor restaurant is on the corner of Tribune & Little Stanley Street with low-set couches and decor in keeping with it's fine dining menu.
This was the first location in brisbane to offer the Enomatic wine preservation system which allows them to offer some of the world's best wines by the glass without the need to finish the bottle in one night. This barrell-like system is in the middle of it's extensive cellar and offers a 'taste', half or full glass of a selection of 45 fine wines.
The menu is a seasonal feast for the senses with options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. The tapas is the reason I head to Fifth Element as it's always fresh, beautifully prepared and is usually in the perfect size portions. My favourite new item would have to be the soft shell crab sliders served on a brioche bun.
To cater for beer lovers, there is also a large range of craft and international options which will please even the most discerning palate. Over the years, they have added new items to this menu making the restaurant a clear competitor to some of Brisbane's other premier beer bars.
If you're looking for somewhere to take guests or for a larger party, this is definitely the spot with it's central location and great outlook onto busy Southbank. It's great for people-watching and on the first Sunday of each month, the Young Designer's Market is held on Little Stanley Street so it's a great place to grab gifts and unusual handmade clothing or homewares.