Business lunches: it’s where deals are made and partnerships are forged, while appetites are satiated. Ideally, service should be attentive, food should be spot-on, and the restaurant should be as accommodating as possible. But let’s face it, not all of us can afford to host our clients regularly in a MICHELIN starred restaurant.
Fret not as we’ve identified ten establishments with great ambiences that serve quality nosh. The best part: they’ll only cost you a crisp $50 bill. Some of these options might work out to be slightly over $50 after factoring in service charge and GST. But hey, a fantastic lunch never fails to elevate our moods. What’s more, it might just be the sweetener to close that deal you’ve been waiting for.
Forming the heart of Parkview Square, ATLAS is a celebration of the 1920’s rich culinary and beverage traditions. Think of ATLAS as the place where Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) would meet clients ‒ if he ever visited Singapore in his fictional universe that is. The ATLAS Lunch (two courses at $38++ and three courses at $48++) is a showcase of extraordinary European cuisine. It is created by the talented Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio, who honed his craft in Michelin-starred kitchens all over the globe. End a celebratory meal with an elegant European cocktail, or take your pick from one of Asia’s finest collections of gin, spirits, and champagnes sourced from around the world.
Find it at 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778.
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Another establishment that borrows from the Art Deco aesthetic is The Black Swan, which offers chophouse classics paired with a wine list ‒ comprising labels from unexpected locations, such as the Canary Islands, Lebanon, Syria, and Greece ‒ that would pique the interest of any discerning wine lover (read: a great way to get into the good books of a client with a penchant for wine). Go for the two-course ($39++) or three-course ($45++) set lunch and choose from favourites like The Black Swan Burger or the Steak & Frites ($8 supplement). Impress your pickier client in the private room: a hidden, underground dining room for no more than twelve persons.
For your clients who love all things Japanese and have a healthy appreciation of quality wagyu beef, Fat Cow is a Japanese steakhouse which promises an experience like no other. The restaurant’s overall design is a contemporary take on wabi-sabi, the art of finding beauty in the simple and the modest. The Set Lunch menu mirrors this aesthetic and features simple dishes, which are executed beautifully. The most notable of them is the Fat Cow Donburi (charcoal-grilled wagyu beef with onsen egg and shredded leeks, over rice) and comes with a salad, chawanmushi, miso soup, and dessert.
Situated in the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Singapore Botanic Gardens, The Halia (Malay for ginger) is an inviting space with lush foliage, wood-carved tables, and open verandas. The ambience of the establishment complements the carefully curated European-Asian menu, which features specialties like the Singapore-Style Chilli Crab Spaghettini, and is perfect for foreign clients seeking a taste of Singapore. Besides the Weekday Set Lunch (two courses at $28++; three courses at $34++), a Communal Menu (serves four or six) is also available if you’re hosting a large group. For those with Muslim clients or colleagues, you’ll be happy to know that The Halia is Halal-certified.
We’re cheating a little with this one: Although technically not a place for lunch, Manhattan is the perfect place to go to after closing the biggest business deal of your life. Manhattan is an upscale hotel bar, awarded #1 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars and #7 in the World’s Best Bars. It reminds us of Old World opulence, New York glamour, and celebrity-studded party scenes. If you make it for Violet Hour (weekdays, 5 to 7pm), you can enjoy a complimentary warm cheese sandwich with your tipple of choice, while you bask in the glow of the sunset and your most recent corporate success.
Venue by Sebastian
Many a business lunches have been hosted at the now-defunct Restaurant Ember, where Chef-Owner Sebastian Ng served classic French-style cooking with an Asian touch. After taking a three-year break, he is back with Venue by Sebastian, which offers a more casual dining experience. The dining hall is minimal and contemporary, while the communal style light wood tables encourage conversation. The lunch menu is divided into five courses and is perfect for sharing. For those looking for a quick catch-up or a business pitch, they offer an Early Lunch Set from 11.15am to 12.30pm (ranges from $15++ to $19++), which comes with a side of fries, salad, and drink of the day.
Find it at Downtown Gallery, #01-02, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815.
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Housed in a beautiful, restored chapel, The White Rabbit offers an epicurean escape amidst Dempsey’s verdant surroundings. The dining room features white buttressed ceilings, stained glass windows, intricate wrought-iron window grills, and stunning stained glass windows, all of which will make for the most memorable business lunch for you and your guests. Equally unforgettable are Head Chef Benjamin Tan’s perfectly executed, European dishes infused with Asian flavours. The two-course set lunch costs $38++, while the three-course option is $42++.
Wild Rocket is a tranquil space with a decidedly Japanese aesthetic (think: traditional Japanese tea room), which serves Modern Singaporean cuisine inspired by Lawyer-turned-Chef Willin Low’s travels, childhood in Singapore, and love for hawker food. The Set Lunch starts at an agreeable $38++ for four courses and $48++ for five courses. To truly experience Chef Low’s ingenuity, opt for the omakase menu to sample signatures like his laksa pesto creations and Iberico pork char siew.
Find it at 10A Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228119
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Dressed in soothing blue and white, the Xin Divine dining room is reminiscent of delicate Kangxi porcelain. The four-course Executive Lunch Menu ($48++) starts with an earthy Porcini Mushroom Broth or the Sichuan Style Tortellini. We highly recommend the latter, which consists of two pieces of tortellini stuffed with minced Kurobuta and chives. It is served in a piquant broth of Sichuan peppercorns, Zhejiang vinegar, and ginger. An absolutely divine start to the meal.
Possibly the priciest entrant in our list, Zafferano is a beautiful Italian restaurant, which offers a priceless view of the Marina Bay skyline. Read: the perfect backdrop to a multi-million dollar deal. The set lunch changes regularly to reflect the seasonality of ingredients. It costs $42++ for two courses, and $52++ for three courses (yes, we know that it’s above our $50 limit but the view is really something else!). Insider tip: to celebrate Administrative Professional Week, Zafferano is offering an exclusive three-course set meal. Curated by Head Chef Emanuele Faggi ($35++), it is available from 23 to 27 Apr 18 (quote “Bosses Treat” when making your reservation!).