What defines the ideal spot for a good business lunch differs from person to person. Some just need a quiet coffee shop with quality java for a brisk meeting, others want to show off their insider knowledge by visiting a neighbourhood gem for certain local specialities, while there are those who require an extravagant Michelin-starred experience to wow clients. Well, we cover all the bases here in our guide to the best places for business lunches in Hong Kong – and the food is good at each spot, naturally.
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A more upmarket option for really impressing people, this is one to put on the expense account. Expect carefully crafted Chinese dishes with top-notch ingredients and surprising flavour medleys, not to mention a Central location that’s tops for convenience. And if things don’t work out the way you hope, there’s a great selection of cocktails and spirits to help drown your sorrows.
Situated at the stunning Grade II historic building at PMQ, dining at Louise does feel like dining at a family member’s house, if your family owned a plush plantation bursting at the seems with casual French sensibility. The food is hearty and approachable, the wine list long and exceptional. Admittedly, it's a bit of a walk from the MTR, but hey, you'll burn some of those calories beforehand on the walk up to stop the buttons popping off your suit, and the elegant yet casual atmosphere is bound to help smooth over many a business deal.
Sitting pretty on the top floor of Causeway Bay’s V Point building, the vast city view from Alto will take your clients’ breath away, couple that with a quality-driven seasonal menu featuring plenty of grilled meats, as well as Asian and French-influenced dishes, and this posh restaurant is almost guaranteed to impress.
There’s plenty of business going on in Kwun Tong these days and MIC Kitchen is the best place in the neighbourhood if you need to impress clients. The space itself is sleek and classy and the food, while pricey, is excellent. Using fresh ingredients and innovative cooking methods, Hong Kong’s ‘Demon Chef’ Alvin Leung has created a stunning menu of contemporary Chinese dishes. If your clients aren’t blown away by your ideas or pitch, at least they should be blown away by the food.
Located right next to Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay’s business centre, Mr and Mrs Fox is a hip space that should make you look right on-trend for selecting it. Even better, it provides options for more than one kind of business lunch. If you have the freedom of the expense account, go wild and order the upmarket imported meat options available in the upstairs restaurant, Mr Fox. For something more casual, opt for the snackier menu downstairs in Mrs Fox.
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Located on the fifth floor of Rosewood Hong Kong, the tapas-inspired gastro market Bayfare Social is the perfect spot for groups looking for a leisurely meal with an aesthetic view to accompany it. Boasting an extensive array of food and drink for value prices, the vibrant, lively eatery is the perfect place for learning tapas, a bustling social setting inspired by Europe’s vibrant, bustling plazas.
Tucked away on trendy Ship Street and conveniently sidestepping Wan Chai's hustle and bustle, Gunpowder breaks tradition by serving up creative new takes on Indian delicacies alongside signature cocktails in a sleek, modern resto-bar space punctuated by flashes of bright crimson and twinkling tiles. This one's perfect for business meetings and casual gatherings alike.
Chef Adam Cliff’s take on Thai street food is a step above most other such restaurants but it’s quality without hurting the bank balance, so it’s a good bet if you’re footing the bill. On the whole, the food remains true to its origins but with a few tweaks. The stylish interior and modern open kitchen ought to impress your clients. If that fails, a generous bowl of wagyu beef boat noodles with crunchy toppings should leave them satisfied and ready to sign anything.
Hong Kong's hottest new al fresco dining space offers stunning views from its location by the Tsim Sha Tsui Harbourfront – perfect for doing some schmoozing. The menu is inspired by casual Australian cuisine, and in line with its waterfront location, all things seafood dominate. The seafood platters are a particularly mouth-watering option to share if you're with a small group.
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Dim sum spots are a staple choice for team lunches in Hong Kong. Featuring supremely scrummy baos and dumplings with quality ingredients and cutesy presentation, Yum Cha is the place to hit up for Chinese classics alongside a casual vibe. All the usual suspects are on the menu and they all come with reasonable price tags considering the excellent quality of the dishes. Yum Cha also has a branch in Tsim Sha Tsui if you're in the Kowloon side of the city.
Whipping up homely family-style Italian dishes that go way beyond the stereotypical fare, this cosy, rustic meets industrial venue accepts reservations for groups of all sizes. Start off with light snacks like the pecorino cheese frittata and the arancini bucket before moving on to the true heroes of Pirata: mains such as the anchovies crostini, the butcher’s cut steak, and the aubergine parmigiana.
A Kennedy Town favourite, Mama Malouf is great for small teams to bond and drool over Lebanese food. The 30-seat dining room is elegantly but minimally decorated, with a new school-meets-old school vibe that's also reflected in the tight, clever menu – think silky hummus, lightly smoked and well-seasoned babaganouj, falafels with yoghurt tahini sauce and pickled turnip salad that feature generously-sized balls cooked to crispy perfection, and so, so much more.