Bring your A-GAME TO A POWER LUNCH
When it comes to business, I’m a firm believer that you should always eat before you negotiate. After all, a power lunch is worth a thousand faceless emails. Food cuts across different client cultures and the ritual of a meal is sharing and cooperative in nature. Plus, keeping your business client happy and wellfed is always a good idea.
There are certainly enough Wall Street-esque restaurants to cater to the high level of wheeling and dealing that goes on in this city, but the concept of power dining has also evolved through the years. While C-suites are still cutting deals at steakhouse restaurants and fine dining establishments, the hospitality scene has embraced more expressive dining concepts for those who are looking for something less formal. Our feature on page 58 recommends four private dining rooms from the latest opening to an unconventional stunner housed in a heritage building.
The most beautiful restaurants can still feel a little souless without a talented and people-oriented chef. Associate editor Eve Tedja and I had the pleasure of meeting Luca Fantin of one Michelin-starred II Ristorante - Luca Fantin when he was in Bali and Singapore recently. He strikes me as someone who knows how to regale his diners with stories and also let his food do most of the talking. Tedja’s interview with Fantin appears on page 46.
As a gourmet magazine, the epicure team has certainly organised a fair share of wine and food events to connect our partners and readers. The most recent one was held at Capella Singapore, where the team from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection - whose floating boutique hotels average 130 passengers each - interacted with 24 guests. Turn to page 52 for all the highlights.
It took a village, from our team, The Ate Group’s publicists to Iggy’s owners Ignatius Chan and Janice Wong and head chef Helio Gonçalves, to put together this month’s power dining recipe spread. Feast your eyes on page 74.