Deciding on a nice restaurant to have your next business lunch is always a hassle. Here are our picks for the best ones in town. You're welcome.
While many deals may take place in a boardroom, business deals can also happen in the middle of a busy restaurant.
Here is a comprehensive list of the best few places in town you might want to bring your business partner or associate to next - from Eastern to Western cuisine, we've got it covered.
This one-Michelin-star restaurant that is housed within The Ritz-Carlton offers fine Cantonese cuisine with a contemporary twist. Surrounded by a modern Chinese Garden and a glass pavilion, its elegant interior is accentuated by the natural light streaming into this Chinese restaurant. Created by executive chef Cheung Siu Kong, the menu offers exquisite fresh ingredients in simple, comforting flavours that are plated on beautiful chinaware. While the Cantonese have always been known for their expertise in cooking double-boiled soups, Chef Cheung's double-boiled sea whelk soup with fish maw served in a whole coconut cannot be missed. Other highlights on the lunch menu include the braised four-head South African abalone, poached rice with lobster, and braised estuary grouper with dried beancurd skin. Lunch sets start from S$52++ per person, with a minimum of two pax.
THE DISGRUNTLED BRASSERIE
Marrying both classic and European dishes designed by chef de cuisine Desmond Goh, the all-day dining restaurant offers lavish gourmet selections through hearty, comfort fare. Goh serves up bold flavours with ingredients in the form of small and big plates that are accessible and affordable. From S$28++, the set lunch menu offers a two-course decadent meal while a three-course option is also available from S$32++. Creative dishes that are a must-try include the 100 days Grain-Fed Hanger Steak, as well as the twice baked, mouthwatering Gruyere Cheese Soufflé. If there is anything disgruntling about this place, it is how good the food is.
This Japanese inspired steakhouse prides themselves in serving top-notch beef straight from the atelier to your table. The promise of a tailored dining experience from the luxurious meat service is made complete with the vintage wine list and signature cocktail collection. Famed for their Fat Cow Donburi only available at the lunch hour, the perfectly marbled charcoal grilled Wagyu beef is topped with an onsen egg and shredded leeks over rice with a hint of truffle oil. A sleek Eastern take on Japanese premium grade beef, this place is ideal for beef connoisseurs that are looking to be impressed.
THE BLACK SWAN
In this European bistro executed with a contemporary style, The Black Swan injects new life and glamour into the heart of Singapore's commercial and business district. Housed in the former headquarters of the now-defunct Kwangtung Provincial Bank, the restaurant's double ceiling and basement vault have been retained and converted to an exclusive private dining chamber, made available for guests with a minimum spend of S$1500. The Black swan offers an exquisite set lunch menu at S$42++ for a two-course meal with the option to include a dessert at S$6++. Items on the menu include the Blue Swimmer Crab Salad and Roasted Iberian Pork Chop, making it one dining experience you'll want to immerse yourself in.
A melting pot of diverse cultural influences we get on this island, Coriander Leaf is inspired by flavours from Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, India and Myanmar, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and many more. With its lunch set starting at S$35++, Coriander Leaf showcases their dishes based on geographical origin that includes South Asia, Persia and China. The Asian flavours in fresh interpretations features an exciting Pan-Asian menu, a reflection of the fine dining cuisine served in its stylish and relaxed Bistro. With tantalising options like the Beef Brisket Bao and Momo dumplings, surprise yourself with the explosion of flavours you can get here or reminisce the older local flavours that Coriander Leaf has revived through the White Rabbit Condensed Milk Ice-cream Sandwiches.
Located on the 70th floor of Swissôtel The Stamford, enjoy the most breath-taking view of Singapore's skyline facing the Marina Bay district. The true star of the establishment however is the artisanal French cuisine that merits your full attention with its meticulously crafted presentation. This One Star Michelin Restaurant is led by Chef de Cuisine Kirk Westaway - winner of the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 for Southeast Asia. This 40-seater restaurant provides an intimate ambience and features bewildering plating that marries the delectable taste of the finest in modern French cuisine in Singapore. JAAN has a four-course set menu at S$82++, a six-course lunch at S$122++ and a seven-course degustation menu consisting Westaway's signature dishes. If your lunch has more of a celebratory tone to it, Jaan also offers a five-course meal with Krug champagne pairings at S$368++.
This classy, unpretentious establishment that serves amazing Italian fare with a new-age influence is helmed by Chef Michele Pavanello. The three-course set lunch is priced at S$38++ - quite a steal for a delightful epicurean journey to the West. Mains include a choice of either spicy prawn linguine, snapper fillet with parsley and white wine sauce and sauteed zucchini or braised Dutch veal cheek with Carnaroli rice timbale. For an impeccable Italian and contemporary fare, OTTO Ristorante is a place you would love to visit for a decadent yet delectable lunch.
This article was first published in BLLNR.