What defines the ideal spot for a good business lunch differs from person to person. Some just need a quiet cha chaan teng with quick service 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.
Best business lunches in Hong Kong
If you’re after a blooming good business lunch (sorry), then look no further than American-style bar and restaurant Lily and Bloom. The restaurant side, Bloom, is the ideal place for a impressive meal of comfort food classics. Then, if you need to get persuasive with your client, take them over to Lily for a few choice cocktails to help loosen their wallet.
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.
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 sleak 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 contempoary Chinese dishes. If your clients aren’t blown away by your ideas or pitch, at least they should be blown away by the food.
If you wish to appear virtous and ethical, head to Grassroots Pantry for your business lunch. Sourcing only unprocessed, organic and sustainable ingredients, this veggie spot off Hollywood Road cleverly transforms veggies into new and exciting treats. With its cool, clean lines and plants on the walls, you’ll have your lunch chums wrapped around your green fingers.
This suggestion may seem out of left field but this fast-paced cha chaan teng in Jordan is ideal for a quick in-and-out power lunch – so long as you can get a minion to lineup ahead of time. The key thing to order is the fluffy and moist scrambled eggs served with rich buttery thick toast, which comes with a plate of macaroni along with char siu in chicken broth. You can be done in less than 20 minutes, so keep this spot in mind for any quick pow-wows.
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.
Located right next to Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay’s buiness 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.
There’s a good few Dimdimsums across town. These restaurants are the perfect locations to take someone who you’re introducing to Hong Kong’s version of this traditional Chinese style of cuisine. All the usual suspects are on the menu and they all come with reasonable price tags considering the excellent quality of the dishes. From the har gow and siu mai to the char siu baos, this is a great spot to show off your local knowledge. Plus, you can pay for the whole table without breaking a sweat.