Let’s talk business — over lunch. We’ll assume that you’re trying to make a good impression to get a deal sealed, signed and delivered. And we’ll assume you’re the one pitching, and you’ve made the invitation — hence you need a little help from us to choose the right restaurant. Whether it is your first or second meeting with the other person, that fact that you got someone agreed to lunch, you’ve made it through the first filter. You might be out by the time the lemon tart is served, but at least for the first hour or so, you’re in.
The choice of restaurant is important. The place should be clearly convenient for your counterpart, offering reliably good food, served professionally and promptly, and a reasonably quiet environment so you can do the talk. Quick tip when you make a reservation — it helps if you’ve been to the restaurant before, so you know the seating layout and how you’ll be treated. You want a four-top, so that you sit around the corner next to each other. You don’t want to sit directly opposite to the other person — all that eye contact is a little awkward, and you might have to talk loud enough for your potential new business partner to hear you — not ideal when you’re trying to sign a deal.
We’ll leave the business talk with you, but what we can do, as your go-to guide in Bangkok, is to at least suggest you the best venues to help you sort out the lunch bit to impress your invitee with an excellent choice of restaurant and lunch menu. Whether you’re looking to savour Japanese, Thai, Indian or Italian cuisine, here’re our top choices to bring your business to the dining table:
Presented by Tuscan-born Chef David Tamburini, La Scala is a concocted Italian house within The Sukhothai Bangkok with a focus on classic and progressive Italian cuisine that truly speaks to the restaurant’s characters. Serving lunch daily from noon till 3 pm, bask in the pasta by the forkfuls or steamed John Dory fillet bathed in the sunrise shades of saffron butter sauce. Throughout July, diners can also enjoy the three-course Italian set lunch menu comprised of appetizer, main, and dessert for only THB 950++ per person. Though each course offers mouthwatering choices for you to choose from, the highlights include asparagus cream soup paired with smoked ricotta cheese crostino and a spicy nduja salami and ricotta cheese pizza.
La Scala, 3/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, +662 344 8888
For a proper Japanese meal that does not disappoint, Morimoto Bangkok by Masaharu Morimoto, the renowned chef from Iron Chef America, provides a superb setting overlooking a dazzling view of Sathorn skyscrapers and a great selection of delectable fusion Japanese treats — where the high-end restaurant truly shines. Order any main course from the menu to get a free upgrade to a full lunch set every Tuesday, which includes a mini appetiser, miso soup, rice, garden salad and dessert. For mains, we’d recommend going with the Japanese-style salmon avocado burger or the juicy Yuzu Chicken marinated in a citrus mixture.
Morimoto Bangkok, 4/F, MahaNakhon CUBE, Bangkok, +662 060 9099
Centred around ancient Thai cuisine, the award-winning Blue Elephant is known for their warm hospitality and their talents in putting Thai flavours on the plate. A three-storey building with the dining room sophisticatedly situated on the ground floor, guests will experience a strong Thai atmosphere that complements well with the food they serve. For those looking for an ideal spot to lighten up the mood for your business meeting, Blue Elephant also provides different sets of lunch menu each day featuring a sumptuous starter like crispy crab souffle or rose spring rolls, a main course like the three flavoured seabass, and a delightful Thai dessert.
Blue Elephant, 233 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, +662 673 9353
For an elegant business lunch experience, Rossini’s located inside Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel will tempt you with their innovative Italian delights cooked with premium imported ingredients. The set lunch menu here consists of choices that are packed full of the signature favourites such as luscious vignarola soup, braised octopus with king prawns, wagyu rump cooked in charcoal and artisanal ice cream in mouthwatering flavours. Diners can choose from the three-course meal (THB 980) — including appetizer, main, dessert — or opt for the two-course meal with main and dessert (THB 780), or appetiser and main (THB 640) if your business talk doesn’t allow time for a full-course meal. There will be a complementary of tea and coffee for all three sets, too.
Rossini’s, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +662 649 8364
Tucked away in the leafy Sukhumvit Soi 26, Indus Bangkok is contemporary Indian dining that represents the opulent Mughlai Indian cuisine developed during the period of Medieval India. Enjoy the assorted chutneys and pappad, chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, and other tasty selection in their weekdays set lunch menu priced at THB 399++. Catered to different affairs and occasions, Indus Bangkok also features various chambers within its venue comprising of a dashing dining room, chic bar, a lush garden with alfresco seating, and a private dining room, perfect for business meetings or just a casual lunch with your colleagues and clients.
Indus Bangkok, 71 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Bangkok, +662 258 4900
Treat your taste buds with the business express lunch at Biscotti. Located at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, this enticing Italian-themed restaurant should absolutely be one of your top choices when questing for a luxurious place to indulge in good lunch. Whittle your way through the salad bar buffet priced at THB 845++ if you crave for an extra healthy boost before heading back to work. But if you need to get your protein fix, go for the two-course lunch set which includes the salad bar and your pick of the main course at THB 945++ or the three-course lunch which will be perfectly rounded with a sweet delicacy for THB 995++.