We usually choose our restaurants according to Trip Advisor and awards and recognitions. During our recent trip to Vancouver, we ate at Hawksworth, Sala Tai and Le Crocodile, as well as Five Sails. While each of the other restaurants was absolutely packed, our table at Five Sails was one of only three that was occupied that night. At first it felt weird and then it just felt sad that a downtown restaurant was so empty on a weekend. At first, we thought it was odd that the server cautioned us that there were "only 7 portions left" for the special (this was at 7pm). Now, we suspect that this restaurant is not typically busy, such that only 7 servings of the special might be good planning on the part of the chef! Although the view of the harbour was spectacular, the decor in the dining room was a bit shabby and outdated, kind of what you might find in a basic restaurant attached to a basic hotel. Because the dining room was so empty, we felt as though we were under constant surveillance by the servers, who pounced as soon as we were done each course. Therefore, the service was quick, but also felt rushed. The servers and hostess were very friendly. The food tasted nice and was presently nicely, but seemed old fashioned; one of our appetizers appeared to have been shaped by a funnel, which seemed very 1994. This made us take a second look at the other patrons, and it became apparent that the average age of the patrons seemed older. In other words, this would be a place I would take my 70-year old parents and I think they would be thrilled by it, which is fine. However, if you are looking for something that is a bit chic or interesting or has a nice vibe like so many of the restaurants in Vancouver, this place is not it. We won't be back becuase it is not for us, but I am sure many other people will find Five Sails to be nice.
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