Want to impress a potential client or ink that mega-million dollar deal? There’s nothing like doing business over scallops or steaks. We round up the best places to go for a power lunch in Singapore.
While the decor isn’t much to write home about – classic and minimalist (some would call it plain and non-descript), Iggy’s cuisine, however, is fancy and multitudinous. With a menu which reflects the seasonal offerings sourced directly from Japan and other parts of the culinary map, this fine dining establishment does justice to its one Michelin Star award. Open for lunch from Thursdays to Saturdays only, the slick and chic power crowds who make their way to the 3rd level of the Hilton Hotel on Orchard Road appear to exit Iggy’s with a satiated smile on their well-scrubbed faces. Choose from the four-course lunch menu which count Carabineros Risotto and Veal Shank with Celeriac-vanilla puree and truffle jus or the Executive Lunch Set with just two courses for a one-hour odyssey into gastronomic heaven. The restrooms are located outside the restaurant, adjacent to the function rooms which make the trek there feel like a mammoth ordeal, especially if you have had a tipple or two!
Level 3 Hilton Singapore
581 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6732 2234
TOILETS: – 2/5 The restrooms are located outside the restaurant.
POWER TIP: You may have to do the jiggy at Iggy’s if you indulge in too much wine.
It may not be Beverly Hills but the clientele and the view here is just as glamorous. Spago, which sits atop the behemoth Marina Bay Sands complex, cuts a dashing swath with its Grilled USDA Prime New York Sirloin and signature Crispy Scale Black Sea Bass with Littleneck & Bamboo Clams. As celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s second restaurant in the city state, Spago pulls in and up – it’s located on the 57th floor of Tower 2 after all – a high and mighty crowd of business people, shoppers and dealmakers, not to mention a high-roller or two. Feel cocooned while doing a leveraged buyout in this cool California restaurant. With a comfy and relaxed ambience, the decor isn’t glittering or fancy but reminiscent of a colonial bungalow, albeit one with sweeping views of the Singapore Straits and the stunning skyline.
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Level 57, Sands Skypark Tower 2
Tel: +65 6688 9955
POWER TIP: With a terrace lounge and an alfresco bar overlooking the infinity pool, do remember to bring along your swimsuit if you want to burn off the calories you’ve consumed during lunch.
Les Amis means ‘The Friends’ in French and it certainly lives up to its name with the polite and attentive staff who are more than happy to guide you through its mouth-watering menu. The chandeliers, wood panelled walls and tasteful artwork may all add up to the entire experience of having lunch here but they play second fiddle to the imaginative and creative dishes on offer. The a la carte menu has crab and eggplant caviar but most power brokers you spy here appear intense and focused and in a great hurry to conclude whatever deal they are pursuing. Thus, Le Menu Express as it is referred to is the preferred choice. A three-course lunch which they promise to complete in 45 minutes and which consists of Duck Foie Gras Terrine, Ox Tongue stuffed in Calf’s Head and a Crisp Sugar Sphere filled with Strawberries with a choice of champagne, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir will leave any barbarian at the gate feeling like they got the upper hand.
#01-16 Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6733 2225
POWER TIP: Award-winning and Michelin-starred, the only problem is your expectations might get the better of you.
This feature first appeared in the May 2018 issue of UNRESERVED.
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