Hawker stalls and take-away salads are fine for day-to-day lunch, but when you’ve got clients in town or need to discuss important business matters over a meal, something a bit more elegant is in order. For those in need of a sophisticated business lunch spot, these restaurants in Singapore’s CBD score big points with us for their ambience, service, and cuisine. From Michelin-starred restaurants to trustworthy old favourites, we’ve got you covered.
Perched 40 floors up on the rooftop of the CapitaGreen building, Artemis Grill is a pretty spectacular setting for a business lunch. Whether you sit outside next to the 100-year-old olive tree or inside the chic dining room, you’ll be afforded sweeping views over Marina Bay and the CBD. The menu offers Mediterranean dishes made with organic veggies, grass-fed hormone-free meats, and sustainable seafood, plus they’ve even got vegan and gluten-free options. And as you would expect in such a fine set-up, the service is also superb.
138 Market Street, CapitaGreen Level 40
Tel: +65 6635 8677
Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – late, Sat: 6pm – late
Binomio means ‘pair’ in Spanish, which is fitting considering this Spanish restaurant is divided into two sections: a chilled out tapas bar and a fine-dining restaurant replete with white linen tablecloths, gleaming wine glasses and good service. If you’re looking for a private room, book into the upscale dining room in the back. Whatever you do, be sure to end your meal with the churros.
20 Craig Road, Craig Place #01-02, Singapore 089692
Tel: +65 6557 0547
Step through the wooden doors at Brasserie Gavroche and you find yourself in the midst of an old school Parisian brasserie with marble-topped tables and long leather banquettes, wood and brass accents, and old family photos on the walls. The menu was inspired by chef-owner Frédéric Colin’s grandfather’s recipes so you can expect French classics like duck confit, escargot, and steak and frites, as well as cheese and charcuterie platters that pair perfectly with their fine French wines.
66 Tras Street
Tel: +65 6225 8266
Lino Sauro, owner and chef of Gattopardo, comes from a family of Sicilian farmers, and he brings this southern Italian heritage and love for fresh, sustainable food to the menu at Gattopardo. The focus here is on seafood with signature dishes like the Classic Sicilian Sardine Rolls stuffed with raisins and pine nuts and served on toast and the Gattopardo Signature Seafood Stew packed with octopus, calamari, and prawns. Not feeling the fish? They’ve also great house made pastas and grilled meats.
34 Tras Street
Tel: +65 9325 8843
Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 1-:30pm, Sat: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
Everything about Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck is fit for an emperor, from the swanky decor with white linen tablecloths and high-back leather chairs to the fine Chinese cuisine made by chefs from Beijing. As the name suggests, the specialty here is Peking duck, which is roasted to perfection until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This is a great spot to bring out-of-town clients for an authentic taste of traditional Chinese dishes and dim sum delicacies.
8 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 1, #02-08/10
Tel: +65 6636 1868
Hours: Daily: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
The Kitchen at Bacchanalia
If you’re looking for an intimate space where you can talk shop, one Michelin-star rated The Kitchen at Bacchanalia is a good bet. With just 36 seats affording views of the open kitchen, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia offers a warm, welcoming vibe and some seriously good contemporary French cuisine. The Working Lunch Menu gives you the option of two courses, three courses or a special chef’s tasting menu, and it includes inspired dishes like the braised short ribs with king oyster mushroom, kohlrabi, and fresh wasabi and the butter-poached chicken with cauliflower couscous.
39 HongKong Street
Tel: +65 9179 4552
Hours: Tues – Sat: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
LeVeL33 is the world’s highest urban craft brewery, which makes for a pretty unique dining experience. The copper brew house kettles take centre place behind the bar, and throughout the space wood, leather and earth tones create a relaxed ambiance. Try to grab a seat next to the windows if you can, as the views over Marina Bay and the city skyline are pretty stellar. On the menu you can expect modern European fare like pasta dishes, seafood, and steaks accompanied by fine wines and excellent craft beers.
8 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Centre #33-01
Tel: +65 6834 3133
Hours: Mon – Wed: 11:30am – 12am, Thurs – Sat: 11:30am – 2am, Sun: 12pm – 12am
Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
We’ve been huge fans of Luke’s ever since it opened, and we love the fact that the quality never wavers, no matter what time of day you visit. Chef-owner Travis Masiero has created a divine menu of fresh seafood flown in from his hometown of Boston, as well as thick juicy steaks and pork and veal chops. Some must-tries for lunch include the Clams Casino with bacon, onion, and vermouth, the kale salad with roasted peanut dressing, and the Colorado lamb chops with yogurt, mint, and spring radish.
22 Gemmill Lane
Tel: +65 6221 4468
Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 12am
If it’s a more laid-back atmosphere you’re after, No Menu is a home-style Italian restaurant run by Chef Osvaldo Forlino and his family. The dining room is decorated in Forlino family photos and keepsakes, which creates a casual and cosy atmosphere, and chances are you’ll see Osvaldo himself along with his daughter, niece, and nephew serving up plates of rustic Italian fare. The menu features dishes made with whatever is fresh and in season.
23 Boon Tat Street
Tel: +65 6224 0091
Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30 – 2pm, Mon – Sat: 6pm – 11pm
Ola Cocina del Mar
Conveniently located in the Marina Bay Financial Centre, Ola Cocina del Mar is a chic Spanish spot serving up fresh tapas, paellas and meat and seafood plates. Start with some shared plates like the gambas, tiger prawns in roasted garlic oil and dried chilli, or the Jamon Iberico with Catalan toasts. The squid ink ‘noodle paella’ with calamari, smoked paprika, and aioli is particularly good, as is the suquet “Barcelona”, a hearty Catalan seafood stew.
12 Marina Boulevard. Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 #01-06
Tel: +65 6604 7050
Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 2pm, Mon – Sat: 5:30pm – 10pm
Si Chuan Dou Hua | Dining at Si Chuan Dou Hua is an elegant experience, as the interiors are chic and contemporary, the views from the 60th story perch are expansive, and the food and service are spot on. The menu features a mix of Sichuan and Cantonese dishes like camphor tea smoked duck and braised three head whole abalone in a chicken broth. They also do a gorgeous imperial high tea with premium teas from around China and dim sum bites.
80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1
Tel: +65 6535 6006
Stellar at 1-Altitude
Pretty much everything about Stellar at 1-Altitude is impressive, from its lofty location on the 62nd floor of Raffles Place to the modern Australian cuisine made with premium ingredients from around the world. Seriously, these guys rear their own Wagyu cattle on a farm in Australia, grow herbs in their own garden and keep live abalone in a tank on site. Their set lunch menu ranges from light dishes like the stellar seafood salad to heartier options like the slow-roast tajima bolar blade with mushrooms and blue cheese.
1 Raffles Place, Level 62
Tel: +65 6438 0410
Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2pm, 6:30pm – 10pm, Sat: 6pm – 10pm, Sun: 6pm – 9pm
Ask any Japanese expat in Singapore for a list of their favourite sushi spots, and Sushi Mitsuya will most likely come up on that list. The minimalist decor here allows you to fully focus on Chef Ryosuke Harada’s creations, which include delicate slices of sashimi and plump pieces of sushi made with ridiculously fresh seafood like chutoro fatty tuna, anago sea eel, and hotate scallop. There’s definitely a reason that this place scored a mention in the Michelin Guide Singapore.
60 Tras Street #01-01
Tel: +65 6438 2608
Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Treat your clients to something special with an omakase set lunch at terra, a one Michelin-starred spot serving Tokyo-Italian cuisine. Chef-owner Seita Nakahara, who trained in Tuscany, Sicily, and Piedmont is quick to point out that Tokyo-Italian cuisine is not Japanese-Italian fusion, but rather Italian cuisine made with fresh Japanese ingredients. Think house-cured bottarga made with mullet roe, bruschetta topped with Hokkaido sea urchin, and ocean trout carpaccio.
Tel: +65 6221 5159
Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2pm, Mon – Sat: 6:30pm – 10pm