Will revert: business lunches to leverage that synergy
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