When you’re choosing which restaurant to treat your business acquaintence to, it’s not just the food you have to think about. You also need to give the ambience careful consideration. After all, if you pick somewhere that’s loud and trendy with a buzzing atmosphere, that may be well and good for a social gathering, but if you’re there to discuss business you might not to be able to hear the conversation you’re having.
So what should you look for in a business meeting restaurant venue? Ideally, you’ll be able to find a place where the tables have plenty of space between them, so that any business you conduct can remain private. This also means your meeting won’t be interrupted by other people’s conversations at the next table, or by the waiters squeezing past to serve other customers.
If you have a favourite restaurant that you enjoy going to, you might want to make it your regular business lunch meeting venue. it can be a good idea to build up a rapport with the management so that you can be confident that they will get to know your preferences and always seat you at your favourite table, etc. This way, you’ll know already that the service and food will be good, so you can concentrate on the business at hand.
Many business lunches are held in hotel dining rooms as they are often quieter and calmer than regular restaurants. They often cater only to business guests and guests staying at the hotel.
Traditionally, cuisines such as Japanese and French have always been popular choices for business lunches, and Dubai has plenty of restaurants providing these. But Dubai’s multi-cultural nature means that there almost every international cuisine is available here, in elegant and sophisticated restaurant settings that would be conducive to business meetings.
Once you’ve decided what kind of food you want, other factors such as the size of the party, the impression you want to make, as well as the budget you have available, will help narrow down your choices. If you know your guest likes trying new foods and flavours, bear that in mind when making your choice.
- If you want to really wow your guests, take them to Al Muntaha at the Burj Al Arab. As well as the French food on the menu, the 360 degree views of the city will make any meeting memorable.
- Another restaurant with fabulous views is Atmosphere at the Burj Khalifa. Located on the 122nd floor, it’s the world’s highest restaurant but with its leather couches and intimate table arrangements, the setting combines comfortable with impressive. The menu is European with a French focus.
- At Hakkasan in Emirates Towers, you and your guests will be served one of the best Cantonese meals in the world, which you can enjoy in a serene setting of monochrome colours. As a bonus for the conclusion of any successful business meeting, there’s a cigar lounge next door. For more informal meetings, book the Friday dim sum brunch from midday til 4pm.
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- The simple white decor of La Serre’s first floor bistro and bar at Vida Downtown hotel is a genteel setting for a business lunch. The menu brings a taste of Parisian elegance to Dubai; and with the ground-floor boulangerie supplying the pastries, this is a great choice for a business breakfast too.
If you want to try somewhere new, you could ask your colleagues for restaurant recommendations, but to be absolutely sure, it’s always best to have visited a restaurant yourself before choosing it as a business meeting venue. That way, you’re more likely to make a great impression on your guests, and impressions are everything.