Will re­vert: busi­ness lunches to lever­age that syn­ergy

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Hit the new year in a rut? It’s time to get your tar­gets back on track. Bust out that busi­ness-speak and scale the cor­po­rate lad­der with th­ese new power lunches. By Les­lie Yeh

Bil­lion­aires of Bangkok

A Bangkok im­port, Is­saya Si­amese Club has been mak­ing waves since land­ing in Hong Kong last Au­gust. With dé­cor com­posed of glass lanterns, op­u­lent mul­ti­col­ored fab­rics and a large al­fresco ter­race, the set­ting im­presses—as does the food. Ta­bles are well-spaced so you can hold a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion, while the dishes are fresh and vi­brant, from chopped tuna tartare with gin­ger be­tel leaves, to Aus­tralian grass-fed beef with fresh herbs. The dam­age to your ex­pense ac­count ranges from $178-$288, with dessert for an extra $48.

Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor: Head to the gor­geous ter­race to lever­age sky-high views, blue-sky think­ing… and a world-class cock­tail list.

25/F, Sound­will Plaza II Mid­town, 1 Tang Lung St., Cause­way Bay, 2154-3048.

Big­ger is Al­ways Bet­ter

With its throwback 1950s-style New York-Ital­ian at­mos­phere, Car­bone is a top choice for im­press­ing clients. If you’re din­ing with four or more, check out their new lunch deal ($388 per per­son), which en­cour­ages fam­ilystyle shar­ing: Pick two cour­ses each from ap­pe­tiz­ers and pas­tas, mains and desserts, in­clud­ing sig­na­tures such as chicken parme­san, lob­ster ravi­oli and the Cae­sar salad, pre­pared ta­ble­side. Hefty por­tions en­sure that each guest leaves sat­is­fied, while the­atrics in­ject some ex­cite­ment into the af­fair.

Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor: A highly scal­able model means you’ll still have room for dessert—one bite of the New York-style cheese­cake and your lunch date will be putty in your cor­po­rate greed-mon­ger­ing hands…

9/F, 33 Wyn­d­ham St., Cen­tral, 2593-2593.

A Lot at Steak

Perched on the 7th floor of the Cal­i­for­nia Tower,

Porter­house by Laris is your go-to for a steak-heavy ma­cho lunch. Pick from hearty palate-open­ers such as cream of but­ter­nut squash with spiced pecans. Nat­u­rally, the main cour­ses cater to car­ni­vores: Choose from braised beef short rib with parsnip purée, char-grilled beef rib­eye, or Porter­house’s sig­na­ture burger on a brioche bun to sat­isfy your crav­ings. $250 for two cour­ses, $273 for three. Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor: Lock in that merger with plenty of booze. Porter­house of­fers ex­cel­lent wines by the bot­tle from $470, and Veuve Cliquot cham­pagne for $750 ($150 per glass).

7/F, Cal­i­for­nia Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St., Cen­tral, 2522-6366.

New Lo­ca­tion, New Look

A Cen­tral stal­wart for more than 20 years, Va Bene has re­cently re­lo­cated to the artsy Soho 189 com­plex in Sai Ying Pun. No longer stuffy fine din­ing, Va Bene’s new out­let is ca­sual and cool, with a laid­back vibe and more mod­ern aes­thetic. Dishes still de­liver on in­no­va­tion and tech­nique, de­spite more re­laxed sur­round­ings. The set lunch lets you choose from a pizza ($138), pasta ($168) or meat set ($228): Go for the pasta fea­tur­ing mush­room fet­tucine, ravi­oli or pump­kin risotto to get the most bang for your buck.

Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor: Want to keep your boss sweet, but not too sweet? Or­der the rose­mary ice cream paired with gin-in­fused foam and de­hy­drated olives—the per­fect syn­ergy of sweet and sa­vory.

G/F, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Rd. West, Sai Ying Pun, 3568-8189.

The Bread­win­ner Smoke Out the Com­pe­ti­tion

The not-so-pri­vate pri­vate mem­ber’s club that is The First Floor by Life­style Fed­er­a­tion is buzzing with the city’s movers and shak­ers, and fea­tures an open demon­stra­tion kitchen and VIP cigar lounge. Lunch is priced at $380 for three cour­ses and $430 for four, and high­lights bold yet re­fined mod­ernist cook­ing, from egg cus­tard with duck foie gras emul­sion to wood­land mush­room con­sommé and oc­to­pus ravi­oli with milk foam.

Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor: Head to the First Floor’s pri­vate cigar lounge post-lunch, where you can smoke Cubans while sip­ping on pre­mium whisky, thus demon­strat­ing your two ba­sic core com­pe­ten­cies: lung ca­pac­ity and alcohol con­sump­tion. 1/F, Baskerville House, 13 Dud­dell St., Cen­tral, 2840-0032. Vasco’s sea­son­ally evolv­ing cui­sine and con­tem­po­rary Span­ish dishes im­press ev­ery time. Punc­tu­ated by cop­per and steel el­e­ments and lav­ish table­ware, the dé­cor will win over even the most jaded of clients while a con­cise yet sump­tu­ous set lunch guides you in and out in un­der an hour. The menu ($349 for two cour­ses, $389 for three) changes ev­ery fort­night but cur­rently fea­tures Iberico pork paella, grilled red gurnard with saf­fron soup, and roast guinea fowl with onion and black truf­fle cream.

Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor: Need to but­ter up a po­ten­tial client? Grease those palms with the sour­dough bread that’s ac­com­pa­nied by five dif­fer­ent types of home­made but­ter. You’ll have that sig­na­ture inked in no time.

7/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Cen­tral, 2156-0888.

Al­ways be clos­ing at Porter­house Set those mile­stones with a salad at Is­saya Seal the deal with Car­bone’s clas­sic chicken parm De­li­cious de­liv­er­ables at The First Floor Vasco’s lunch: as stylish as your sub­tly off-white busi­ness card

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