5th Element South Bank

There’s something quite magical about bacon.

It’s cheap. It tastes good. You can use it in everything from breakfast, to pizza, to doughnuts.

And now, you can use it in a cocktail too.

This is 5th Element’s Barrel Aged Kentucky Breakfast ($17):

Bacon washed bourbon cocktail


That’s bacon fat-washed Woodford Reserve and house made banana maple syrup.

The cocktail was delicious – even if you’re not a bourbon lover, it’s sweet enough to satisfy most palates – but the slabs of bacon on the side were a little bizarre. Appreciated, sure – but they just looked bizarre (why not serve smaller strips, or even candied bacon?).

Anyway, the Kentucky Breakfast whet our appetites for an evening of tapas at 5th Element. The restaurant/bar has been a mainstay on the Stanley Street strip for years, and offers a wide-ranging menu of drinks (with a pretty good beer list!), snacks, share plates, tapas, and bigger mains.

It’s quite a sexy fit out, with a large bar area and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating: an ideal second date spot, or after work drinks hang out.

We started with the Rice cracker crusted calamari, fresh lime, seaweed butter ($12 for a small):

Rice cracker crusted calamari 5th element

The calamari was super tender, and the crust was tasty and nice and crunchy without being oily. However, I thought $12 was a little bit on the expensive side for literally four calamari rings.

Next up were the Grilled chicken skewers, peanut satay, pineapple caramel ($8 for a small):

Grilled chicken skewers pineapple caramel

This serving size was much better, and the chicken was again very tender. Unfortunately the satay sauce, while tasty, was quite runny, so the chicken didn’t soak it up too much.

The meal took a big (delicious) upwards turn with our next two dishes.

Steamed sticky Wagyu beef rib buns, pickled cucumber, sesame relish ($20 for a large):

Wagyu beef buns 5th element

YUM! Simple but so good. The ribs were super tender and in a yummy, sticky sauce. All they needed was a bit of the pickled cucumber and they were good to go.

Watermark soft shell crab sliders, citrus spiked Japanese mayonnaise ($12 each):

Soft shell crab slider 5th element

Again, delicious. The crispy soft shell crab, super soft brioche buns, and tangy mayo were all perfect together.

We split a dessert, hoping to finish the meal on a sweet note. The Caramelized pineapple, almond cake, lime mascarpone ($15) was just okay. Truthfully, the fact that the cake just looked so…ordinary…was the biggest thing that let it down:

Pineapple almond cake

We wished we’d gotten one of the yummy-sounding Adult Milkshakes instead (with salted caramel bourbon!).

Despite a couple of the dishes being a little disappointing, the sliders and beef buns (oh yeah and the bacon cocktail!) more than made up for it. I’d go back to 5th Element for those two dishes alone.


5th Element

Restaurant and bar

Corner of Tribune & Little Stanley Streets

South Bank


07 3846 5584



Our meal and drink was complimentary. Thank you 5th Element!

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