Five Sails waterfront restaurant features exquisite international cuisine with stunning views of Stanley Park, Coal Harbour and the Coastal Mountain. Located in the Pan Pacific Hotel.
I went to Five Sails with Rumps, Precious and Kiwi. The beef consommé was nothing to write home about but it was a nice added bonus. We all chose the open ravioli of prawn and scallop. The scallop was sooooooo good. The chervil foam was delish and complimented the seafood very well. We all ended up choosing the duck with cherry sauce. I am totally a fan of protein with fruit and this endeavour did not disappoint. The duck was tender and very savoury. All of us – except for Kiwi – selected the tarte tatin. Precious found the spun sugar “too pointy” in her mouth but the dessert was completely yummers overall. Kiwi picked the chocolate & banana tango and even though it was good, it paled in comparison to the tarte tatin.
As always, the service was stellar, the ambiance was very nice (unfortunate that it was so foggy and our view was like being up at SFU in the dead of winter) and since it was DOV, the value was fantastic.
Vancouver's proximity to our new home in Bellingham gives us the opportunity to easily start exploring the hotels and restaurants there. Our first foray into this lovely city had us staying at the Pan Pacific and dining at their Five Sails. The result was an experience that was near the top of our sometimes picky scale. The wine steward was attentive, the waitpersons fast but never obtrusive, the manager was friendly and even addressed us by name in several exchanges. Our salmon was fresh and very nicely cooked, my lamb chops were excellent and delivered rare as I asked. The lobster bisque appetizer was very nice. My biggest point would be that a pre-holiday(USA holiday), mid week visit meant that the restaurant was very sparsely populated but the entire staff demonstrated their pride and wonderful Canadian professionalism that night and gave us a night to remember.
If there's any place to show off Vancouver's cuisine and scenery to visitors this is definitely near the top of the list. The feel and ambiance is incredible. Everything was executed exceptionally well. The pan seared scallops were perfection, the sauce complimenting the ahi tuna was delicious, and the sorbet was very well done. Our guests were delighted and everyone only had superlatives about the experience.
I often forget about the Five Sails and each time I visit, it tends to be full of hotel guests and tourists having a nice meal. But, our recent visit was just outstanding and left me wondering why locals don't line up in droves for this sensational food.
Four of us dined on a beautiful August evening with stunning views. But the gorgeous food betters the view and the flavours and preparation are simply top-notch. I gasped at the fantastic sablefish chowder, the arctic char, salmon and fresh catch were done to perfection and I almost fell off my chair when I tasted the basil infused sorbet atop a poached peach!
One of the best values in town must be their summer sampler menu and although the two women at our table wanted to take pictures of each dish before we ate it, the men were more than happy with the ample portions, as not everything was served in a spoon.
If you have something to celebrate or just feel like a divine meal that would take hours and hours to prepare, plus excellent and professional service, go treat yourself!
AMAZING seafood, beats cannery hands down.
Well, all these places have outstanding service i think it's the standard for these places. Just miss the personality.
oddly, the meal was expensive. But i walked out happy and full of great memories. It's one of those places you got to stick a fork into everybody's plate.
Love the view. I like the top of Vancouver too... but sometimes i just want to stare at the water and mountains.
Our recent meal at the Five Sails came at the tail-end of a number of Dine Out Vancouver stints. When all was said and done, the meal at the Five Sails was clearly the winner of all the other Dine Out Menus we had tried. Food was delicately presented and care had clearly been put into the fabulous sauces. Wine pairings were also on target and not unreasonably priced. Unfortunately, not all was worthy of accolades. In particular, from the moment we changed our reservation to the service we received at the table, personnel seemed impatient bordering on being annoyed. While they executed their duties effectively, there was little interaction and an overall sense of disinterest. Had it not been for the pleasant demeanor of the manager, we were, at one point, ready to bolt as the waiter rolled his eyes because one of us could not give him a menu choice immediately. I'm not sure what's going on here, but it almost appeared like there were underlying labour issues. Would I go back? Yes, for the food. But next time I'll be very vocal if I have to put up with this patronizing behavior again. After all, aren't WE the customers?
I have to say that this is the best DOV I have been to this year (6 so far). The food was amazing, the service was executed like clockwork and the views were breathtaking. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great dinner.
Appetizer: Scallop- perfectly cooked, nice balance of flavors
Butternut Squash soup- Lovely, the beignet added a nice crunch
Main: Alberta beef 2 ways- the Shortrib was so tender and succulent. Full of beef flavor!
Desserts: Pumpkin Tart- Everything from the crust to the custard and cinnamon ice cream was perfect!
Flourless chocolate Torte- rich and sinful. The orange ice cream cut into it nicely and added a nice acidity to the plate. The mango pannacotta was a great touch.
My husband and I have come to this restaurant on many occasions and the service and the food had been good.
After our most recent visit, we will never go back. First, we tried to make reservations. The hostess said it was very very busy and we will have to take an 8:30 seating. Fine. Upon arrival, we noticed the restaurant was half full. The hostess continued to tell us the night was booked solid and incredibly busy so we would have to sit by the door. After being seated for 10 minutes, a women (whom I assume is the manager) told us that a table has opened by the window so we could move seats. Fine. We looked around to see if more patrons would come into the restaurant. The half full restaurant became more and more empty as the night wore on.
The kitchen could not have been slower. Our entrees arrived 1 hour and 45 minute after we sat down. We had waited for an hour between courses. At this point, we were ready to leave. Even our waiter was uncharacteristically icy. The food was okay but I think it is completely unacceptable for a restaurant that is not even 1/2 full to take that long to serve its customers. And to top it off, there was no apology or explanation. If this is what is to be expected with the new staff and management, I do not recommend going to this restaurant. You can get the same quality of food, or better at other establishments without having to wait almost 2 hours for your entree.
The Five Sails Restaurant is a very special place because of the view and how the restaurant is so secluded. I love how you can go for dinner and eat in peace but eat food that is amazing in a place with such good service but what is really impressive is the view. I enjoyed getting to look out at Stanley Park and the Ocean Port. This is a place that you would go if you want to be away from people of to bring tourists because it shows Vancouver so well.