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The Achieving Woman's Guide to ... picking restaurants for a business lunch to impress

Because business deals can happen anywhere, here's where you can get the best business lunches in Singapore
 

Business Lunch

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It can be hard to pick a restaurant that conveys the message that you mean business, while also satisfying everyone’s tummies. Choosing a fine dining restaurant is usually the way to go to make a good impression. But then, there are also times when you want something more fun and less formal to impress your quirky client.

Whether it’s your boss or clients you want to cater to, or if you just want to celebrate a company milestone or achievement, here are restaurants with weekday lunch specials that will suit all personalities and budgets too.

 

1. The Salon

Dine indoors or in the al fresco area – either way, you’ll definitely enjoy your meal here. The Executive Set is available for both lunch and dinner and offers a choice of main course and appetiser or dessert, from $34++. The restaurant’s menu is a mix of Western and Asian flavours and favourites include Lobster Nasi Lemak, HFC Singapore Curry Chicken, and Stuffed Chicken Roulade.

Located at Hotel Fort Canning, the hotel and its surrounds will certainly provide a charming and relaxing backdrop to your meal. They have three private rooms for group bookings which can accommodate five to 14 people.

11 Canning Walk, Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore 178881, tel: 6799 8809. Visit https://www.hfcsingapore.com/dining.aspx

 

2. The Black Swan

If you want to impress a client, it’s hard to get more grand than The Black Swan. Housed in a beautifully-restored 1930s landmark, the art-deco style has an old world charm that will wow you the minute you step in.

The food is impressive too, and the set lunch is available at $39++ for two courses and $45++ for three courses. Indulge in dishes such as Razor Clam & Periwinkle Pasta, Half Lobster Thermidor, Pan-Roasted Spatchcock and Grilled Rainbow Trout.

Private rooms are available for booking if you want a more intimate atmosphere.

19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704, tel: 6438 3757. Visit https://www.theblackswan.com.sg

 

3. Summer Pavilion

Serving modern Cantonese cuisine, this Michelin-starred restaurant has a sophisticated setting, and you’ll feel like you’re sitting within a modern Chinese garden. Even the tableware is gorgeous – all hand-painted to allude to the colours that celebrate summer.

A number of set lunch menus are available, from $58++ per person. Or you can choose from the a la carte and dim sum menus. Private dining rooms are available too, for extra special clients or company celebrations.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799, tel: 6434-5286. Visit https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore/dining/summer-pavilion

 

4. Zafferano

An elegant spot for Italian cuisine and certainly one that provides a meal with a stunning view, thanks to it being on the 43rd floor. The two open kitchens will also entertain you if there’s a lull in the conversation.

Set lunch menus are available, priced at $42++ for a two-course meal and $52++ for a three-course one. It’s a venue you can dine at often as the menu refreshes twice a month, so you’ll have the opportunity to keep trying something new here. Private dining areas are also available here.

Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315, tel: 6509 1488. Visit https://zafferano.sg

 

5. Gordon Grill 

There are several restaurants at Goodwood Park Hotel that are ideal for business lunches but Gordon Grill is especially suitable if you know your boss, clients or colleagues love a good steakhouse. Known for serving some of the finest steaks on our island, this old-school European-styled restaurant has been around since 1963 and has won many accolades so you know the food is undoubtedly good. The hotel is also a beautiful colonial venue, adding an extra charming touch to your lunch. The Big-On-Small Lunch (three-course $58++, four-course $68++) features dishes such as Australian lamb chops with roasted brussels sprouts, couscous and black peppercorn sauce, and fresh catch fillet with seaweed rice, baby spinach and lemon white wine sauce.

22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, tel: 6730 1744. Visit https://www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/en/dining/gordon-grill.html

 

6. Le Binchotan

This unique French-Japanese restaurant’s cuisine is based on French techniques as well as the centuries-old practice of grilling using binchotan, which is a rare and highly-prized Japanese charcoal. The smoky ‘binchotan’ flavours are truly one-of-a-kind and you don’t need to have adventurous taste buds to try this food. Dishes are so exquisitely plated they look like works of art.

The restaurant is perfect for a small work gathering of, say four to six diners, and you can choose from two-, three- or four-courses ($27++ , $34++, and $42++ respectively) for lunch. The restaurant is also able to create customised set menus if you give them advance notice.

115 Amoy Street, #01-04 (Entrance via Gemmill Lane), Singapore 069935, tel: 6224 1045. Visit https://lebinchotan.sg

 

7. LeVeL33

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Get the best of urban penthouse dining and impress your clients with views of the gorgeous skyline. Calling itself an urban craft-brewery, it’s no surprise that the food menu here takes inspiration from the art of brewing; core brewing ingredients such as hops and malt are also incorporated into the dishes.

The Executive Set Lunch is available at $42++ and it’s a semi-buffet meal where you choose from a selection of mains then tuck into the buffet spread from the Ploughman’s Table (cold cuts, fresh bread, salads etc). Choice of main course includes Fish and Chips, Duck Breast, Pea Risotto and Brewery Burger. You could also make an advanced booking for their private dining room.

Don’t forget to wash down your meal with their freshly-brewed craft beer or their wide selection of wines.

8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981, tel: 6834 3133. Visit https://level33.com.sg

 

8. Crystal Jade

Give your professional guests the best Chinese culinary experience at Michelin-starred Crystal Jade Golden Palace and Crystal Jade Dining IN. Both restaurants offer Executive Set Lunch menus, with prices starting from $48++ per person at Crystal Jade Golden Palace and from $98++ per person (minimum two persons) at Crystal Jade Dining IN.

Dishes you’ll get to enjoy at Crystal Jade Golden Palace (depending on the menu you choose) include Baked Cod Fish with Miso Sauce, Prawns served in two ways, Pan-Fried Kurobuta Pork Chop with Minced Garlic, and Chilled Mango Purée with Pomelo and Sago, while you can indulge in Double-boiled Chicken Thick Soup with Fish Maw and Bamboo Pith, and Baked Rice with Abalone (10 Head) wrapped in Lotus Leaf at Crystal Jade Dining IN.

Crystal Jade Golden Palace is at 290 Orchard Road, Paragon Shopping Centre #05-22, Singapore 238859, tel: 6734 6866; Crystal Jade Dining IN is at 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-112 VivoCity, Singapore 098585, tel: 6278 5626. Visit https://www.crystaljade.com

 

9. Pince & Pints

Gourmet seafood is the order of the day here and lobster lovers often cite it as the place to dine when the crustacean craving hits you. Its popular dishes include Signature Lobster Rolls and Whole Live Grilled Lobster.

The restaurant has introduced its Lunch Specials, which is ideal if you know your business associates are seafood lovers. Dishes include Half Lobster Noodles ($29++), Lobster Mac & Cheese ($28++) and Signature Classic Lobster Roll ($48++). Note that these lunch specials are only available at their Duxton outlet.

32-33 Duxton Road, Singapore 089496, tel: 6225 7558. Visit https://pinceandpints.com

 

10. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With 19 restaurants around the world, Wolfgang Zwiener has proven that he sure does know how to make a good steak. The luxurious interior makes its mark on anyone who walks in, with its solid walnut floors, elegant chandeliers and a rich mahogany bar.

The Wolfgang Experience Lunch Course is a must-try, with a Seafood Taster (Tuna Tartar, Lobster Salad, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail) as an appetiser, a choice of soup or salad, a choice of an entree (you get to pick two sides too), and a dessert of the day. Entrees include USDA Prime Sirloin Steak ($85++), USDA Prime Rib Eye Steak ($95), Fresh Catch Of The Day ($55+) and Chicken Parmigiana ($55++).

1 Nanson Road, #02-01, Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909, tel: 6887 5885. Visit https://wolfgangssteakhouse.sg

 

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