City Business Lunches
Now I know some of you out there like to go to your tried and true favourites for business lunches (hello Tom!) And I can understand that you want to ensure the best possible experience for your clients and colleagues so it’s risky to try somewhere new.
But what if you had inside information? What if someone had already been to a restaurant and experienced first hand the offering? Well here I am folks. I’ve done the ground work, and I know that all of these suggestions tick the boxes. You’ll be comfortable taking clients. The food at all of these venues is very good to excellent. And whether you’re on a budget or have free range to spend up big, these restaurants all offer good value and are all consistent in their delivery. They have generally good service (I hesitate to over rate service as it can be so inconsistent in Singapore) and I’m sure once you’re a regular at these venues that you’ll be treated like royalty. And, you can ensure a booking easily when you use the Chope booking system, you get a reference and can edit or cancel the booking as you wish. It couldn’t be easier really. Here are my top suggestions close to Raffles Place.
Burlamacco (77 Amoy Street)
For fine Italian food, pasta made from scratch and excellent service Burlamacco is first rate. The set menu ($26 for 2 courses) changes every two weeks and the wine list is extensive with a good range of moderately priced wines. You can read more about them on this page.
Absinthe (72 Boat Quay)
A busy lunch spot on Boat Quay, Absinthe offers an excellent set lunch menu ($38 for 3 courses) that includes what could be the best steak in town. The French influence extends from the food to the service, it’s all very precise and knowledgeable. You can read more here.
OCF (at The Arts House, #02-02, Old Parliament Lane, a 5 min walk from the pedestrian bridge at The Fullerton Hotel)
When French food is done well it really is impressive. Not only is the atmosphere at The Arts Centre location first class, the cooking is too. The set lunch ($38 for 3 courses) is a steal. Presentation is impeccable here and the flavour and quality match up. Service is also very good. OCF also have a private room for special occasions. Read a complete review here.
The Black Swan (19 Cecil Street)
For something a little more international, The Black Swan brings you a menu comprising good choices of fish, meat and vegetarian as well as very reasonably priced wine by the glass ($14 for a Sav Blanc). The downside is that the set menu ($32 for 2 courses) doesn’t change that often and the service can be inconsistent. The upside is that it’s a buzzy atmosphere and a top people watching spot. You can read more here.
Boathouse (3 Fullerton Road, across the road from The Fullerton Hotel)
Located pretty much smack bang in the middle of the city, but behind the unassuming exterior of …a boathouse. The nostalgic interior is a comfortable place to take clients and visitors alike. The set menu ($29 for 2 courses, plus $23 for wine pairing) includes classics like a Boeuf Ribe Eye and Saumon En Papillote that are elegantly presented. Read more here.
The Royal Mail (at The Ascott Hotel, 2 Finlayson Green)
For a quiet lunch in a comfortable room with super comfortable chairs The Royal Mail is worth a try. The set lunch menu ($35 for 2 courses) changes every week or two and includes at least 5 options for starters and mains. There is also a Vegetarian menu available on request. Read more here.
Have you tried any of these restaurants for business lunches? Do you have any other good suggestions in the city area?