Five Sails

Mod­ern Clas­sics and Spec­tac­u­lar Views in an El­e­gant Water­front Set­ting

Vancouver Magazine - Best of the City 2016 - - Experience -

THE BIL­LOW­ING WHITE SAILS OF CANADA PLACE mark the spot where award-win­ning cui­sine and AAA Four Di­a­mond ser­vice meet in an ut­terly mag­i­cal set­ting. Hus­band and wife team, Chef Ernst Dor­fler and Gerry Say­ers bring years of ex­pe­ri­ence to Five Sails, skill­fully fus­ing mod­ern, con­ti­nen­tal cui­sine with Euro­pean and global in­flu­ences and warm, invit­ing hos­pi­tal­ity to cul­ti­vate a mem­o­rable din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence like none other. “We are able to bring the best of both worlds to our guests,” says Gerry, “bal­anc­ing a breathtaking ho­tel set­ting with the per­sonal touches that only come with pri­vate pro­pri­etor­ship.” This year marks the sev­enth an­niver­sary of Ernst and Gerry tak­ing over sole own­er­ship of this water­front gem.

Dra­mat­i­cally sit­u­ated at the lux­u­ri­ous Pan Pa­cific Ho­tel, the strik­ing room has been cus­tom de­signed to per­fectly com­pli­ment the breathtaking back­drop of the in­ner har­bor, Stan­ley Park and the Coast Moun­tains vis­i­ble from the large bay win­dows. A chic lounge area with el­e­vated ban­quettes, con­tem­po­rary bar and cozy fire­place of­fer a re­laxed at­mos­phere to sam­ple from the in­spired menu, while the din­ing room ex­udes an un­der­stated el­e­gance. Just steps from the new Van­cou­ver Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Five Sails boasts an el­e­gant and to­tally ex­clu­sive 20-seat pri­vate din­ing room, mak­ing it the ul­ti­mate set­ting for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike to host in­ti­mate func­tions or spe­cial cel­e­bra­tions. Chef Dor­fler fo­cuses his for­mi­da­ble at­ten­tion on ex­cit­ing new menu items each sea­son, while hon­our­ing the clas­sics that have cul­ti­vated a strong loyal fol­low­ing. Show­cas­ing the mas­tery that made him an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Culi­nary Olympic World Cham­pion, his sig­na­ture moun­tain-style ravi­o­lis stuffed with spinach, herbs and ri­cotta then fin­ished with a driz­zle of hazel­nut brown but­ter harkens back to Chef Dor­fler’s Aus­trian child­hood. The in­no­va­tive “Catch!”, a ver­i­ta­ble cor­nu­copia of fresh ½ At­lantic lob­ster, caramelized Weather­vane scal­lop and a line-caught catch of the day en­robed in a lemon­grass sauce per­fumed with co­conut, dis­plays world class pas­sion and artistry. Som­me­lier Ra­mon Fresneda al­ways brings im­pres­sive knowl­edge and unpretentious flair in pro­vid­ing op­ti­mal wine pair­ings from a list con­sis­tently hon­oured with the Wine Spec­ta­tor’s Award of Ex­cel­lence.

The gra­cious ser­vice and ex­em­plary din­ing com­bined with sweep­ing views of ships sail­ing off into the set­ting sun against the tow­er­ing Coast Moun­tains is an ex­pe­ri­ence that may leave you grasp­ing for su­perla­tives, but the mem­ory will last a lifetime.



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