Dining Under The Five Sails

Canada Place

Re-launched in May 2007 under the husband and wife team of Chef Ernst Dorfler and Gerry Sayers, Five Sails Restaurant brings award winning cuisine, gracious hospitality and stunning views of Vancouver’s inner harbour, Stanley Park and Coastal mountains. Located in the R Level at Canada Place, Five Sails gets its name from the five sails that make up the Canada Place convention center.

The restaurant features an exclusive private dining room for up to 20 guests, a chic new bar and lounge area with a modern fire feature that is not child safe at all. There is nothing to stop you from touching the open flame and getting burn. I personally think it’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.

With the new owners, Five Sails have lost some of its stuffiness. The restaurant used to have a dress code that require gentlemen to wear a suit with tie and ladies to wear an evening dress. It was all in keeping with the five star status of the Pan Pacific Hotel. These days, Five Sails or Pan Pacific don’t care if you show up wearing a T-shirt and cutoff jean. Mind you, you will look really out of place if you do that.

As you no doubt guessed, Five Sails is a very expensive and somewhat exclusive restaurant. However, for the value minded foodie who wish to try it, Five Sails have extended their $38 Dine Out Vancouver menu until February 28. Reservations are highly recommend and a credit card is required.

Porcini Mushroom & Celeriac Soup

Five Sails at Canada Place

The opening dish was a Porcini mushroom and celeriac soup made with a dollop of black truffle cream. the opener was very refreshing and surprisingly, not too rich, which was what I was expecting given anything with truffles in it.

Chef’s Selection of Organic Baby Lettuces

Five Sails at Canada Place

Chef’s selection of organic baby lettuces, lightly tossed in walnut oil dressing on golden beet carpaccio, caramelized pecans and warm goat cheese. To really kick it up a notch, I added a half fresh Atlantic lobster for an extra $12. It looked more like a big shrimp than a lobster but it tasted really good.

Roast Breast of Fraser Valley Duck

Five Sails at Canada Place

Sarah’s main course was the roast breast of Fraser Valley duck made with BC sour cherry sauce, braised winter vegetables and golden potato gratin. It was a nice dish but the duck wasn’t a tender as the duck from Bishop’s.

Prime Alberta Beef Tenderloin Top with Foie Gras

Five Sails at Canada Place

This was a fantastic dish. The beef was extremely tender and went really with the glass of Pinot Noir 2006 from Mission Hill winery. I added the pan seared foie gras because, well, I just can’t resist foie gras! All you duck lovers can save the “Do you know how they make foie gras?” speech. I know and I don’t care. You’re talking to the guy who disrespected a lobster, remember?

Pan Seared BC Salmon

Five Sails at Canada Place

Pan seared BC salmon on Dungeness crab chowder scented with saffron and small market vegetables. I generally prefer my salmon raw but when it’s cook right, it’s just as enjoyable. The salmon was cooked near perfect, with just the right firmness and tenderness.

Banana and Chocolate Tango

Five Sails at Canada Place

The first dessert was a sensuous pairing of banana, vanilla mousse and chocolate ganache. The presentation was pretty impressive even if it was a bit lopsided. The taste was very sweet and rich.

Profiteroles with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Five Sails at Canada Place

The presentation of the Profiteroles wasn’t as impressive as the tango but it tasted just as good. The taste was much lighter than the first dessert and marked a nice end to a delicous meal.

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43 thoughts on “Dining Under The Five Sails”

  1. Aaron says:

    I haven’t had my dinner yet, these pics make very hungry πŸ™‚

    1. Looks wonderful. Did you check out the cruise ship next to the restaurant? πŸ˜€

      1. Ryan McLean says:

        The 5 sails looks like the opera house in Sydney Australia (where I am based). So I would definately visit this place.
        Cool review John

        1. Jake Stone says:

          Just the association that I got from the photo as soon as I saw it. Did you notice how it also conveys a feeling of life boats hanging on the side?

          1. Really BAD idea to read a post like that on an empty stomach. Almost ate my cat, which was innocently purring near my monitor (and then the dog, which started to suspect something when my drool hit him on the head)

          2. Pheak Tol says:

            @Alex, that’s pretty bad buddy, haha

            the dish looks good but the serving seems small…my wife said that’s how rich people eat, but it fills you up…i have to agree with her =]

    2. Heck, I havent even had breakfast and I wanna go to five sails lol

      1. Jake Stone says:

        Hah, I’ve eaten like a king today, but I still want sit into a plane and fly to Canada and go to The Five Sails.

  2. Michael Zhao says:

    I’m hungry now! They say that fancy food is small portioned, but I say with 7 small portioned dishes, that would be one huge meal!

    1. 7? I could probably only do 5!

  3. totally mouth-watering! Another place to hit up when in B.C!

  4. Andrew says:

    Wow the Prime Alberta Beef Tenderloin looks amazing. I could definitely go for one of those tonight.

  5. Oh its seems you really enjoy good payoff to avail a lunch is this restaurant B-) I guess its good to try that the time I went there B-)

  6. KiwiPulse says:

    All I need now is to grab one of those dishes.. yummy! πŸ˜›

  7. Silvia says:

    The dishes look attracting,I hope they taste exellent. I’d rather eat the Roast Breast Fraser Valley Duck.Never tasted.

  8. I knew I shouldn’t have looked at a food related post this late…DAMN I’m hungry! Oh well, I’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to eat. Now I just need to figure out how to take all the calories and fat out of everything.

    1. Jake Stone says:

      It’s easy, just like in elephant jokes you open the food and take calories and fat out then you close the food and eat.

  9. It’s actually kind of interesting to see the places you go to as I will be in Vancouver next year for the Winter Olympics. You should find a way to tie into the Olympics in your own unique way.

  10. r_shahin says:

    Man, I’m hungry! I just had my lunch a minute ago and I’m hungry! Nice of you to share the pictures πŸ™‚

  11. The pics are sooooo appetizing! I’m hungry now! πŸ™‚

  12. Wow these pics made me hungry for real!!

  13. Reyn Aria says:

    I’m having dinner at my home in a minute and you just made it not so delicious now :p Anyway, amazing dinner.

  14. Yummy, delicious. It’s making me hungry. It’s all your fault John. Great pictures.

    Peter Lee

  15. Jan says:

    I’ve been there twice, once for just dessert (great!) and once for dinner with my wife and kids The second time (April 2008) I found it pretty bad especially for the money. Food wasn’t really up to par and just didn’t taste right. Seems from what you said that they might have just had an off night.

    BTW John if you are ever in Calgary you have to check out The Rimrock at the Fairmont. Best tenderloin I’ve ever had.

  16. RRobson says:

    That food sure looks awesome !!!

  17. Jake Stone says:

    If in Finland and Helsinki, try Olo, which is contemporary Scandinavian cuisine and quite special.

  18. Thanks a lot John, now I’m starving and snowed-in without a chance for a good restaurant.

  19. John,

    Your dinner photos look really good, are you using the iPhone or the Flip Mino camera to take those?


    Nicholas Chase

  20. Some fantastic food there John, loved the way the Profiteroles with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream look. I wonder how they taste.

  21. That looks like some fun and some great food. I want to know was that boat in the boat show that you went to last week?

  22. Paul B says:

    John I was just wondering if you can cook, what you like to cook? We don’t tend to eat out much so I normally spruce up what I cook at home quite a bit (the old dot com lifestyle gives plenty of time for cooking) but I know my friends that eat out 2-3 times a week tend to do no more than heat stuff up at home. Just curious?

    1. John Chow says:

      I don’t cook much. I have taken cooking in school in case I married someone who can’t cook. Generally, I like doing Asian, Italian and BBQ cooking.

  23. Silvia says:

    The restaurant is really exellent and looks like a theatre/home of arts./ Maybe food here is real art,all the plates on pics look artistic.

  24. OMG… This place books exclusive and amazing! The food is expensive but looks really good.. πŸ™‚

    1. *looks

      Sorry, I never read comments before posting them – Silly me! lol

  25. jack says:

    memories of coal harbor,what a great place.

  26. teamray says:

    Nice food as always , I wished I was there.

  27. lol, the ice cream looks just like regular cream puffs πŸ˜€


  28. The chef’s selection looks good, but I’m not sure how I feel about walnut oil. However, beef tenderloin = delish!

  29. I didn’t like the pics. I am strict Vegetarian.

  30. Dex Anthony says:

    okay everything looks very good except for the Porcini Mushroom & Celeriac Soup in pic one… That looks a little disgusting… πŸ™‚

  31. Oh & John, I’ve noticed the change in your food habits. It’s good to know that you put your health first!

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