Hong Kong's Top Power Lunches
It’s time to get your targets back on track, scale the corporate ladder and bust out that business-speak at these new power lunches.
Porterhouse by Laris
Perched on the 7th floor of the California Tower, Porterhouse by Laris is your go-to for a steak-heavy macho lunch. Pick from hearty palate-openers such as a warm vegetable salad with goat’s cheese and roasted garlic or cream of butternut squash with spiced pecans. Naturally, the main courses cater to carnivores: Choose from braised beef short rib with parsnip puree, char-grilled beef ribeye, or Porterhouse’s signature burger on a brioche bun to satisfy your meaty cravings. $250 for two courses, $273 for three.
Key Performance Indicator: Turn that no into a yes with a glass or two. Porterhouse offers excellent wines by the bottle from $470, and Veuve Cliquot champagne for $750 ($150 per glass).
Issaya Siamese Club
A Bangkok import, Issaya Siamese Club has been making waves since landing in Hong Kong last August. With décor composed of glass lanterns, opulent multi-colored fabrics and a large alfresco terrace, the setting impresses—as does the food. Tables are well-spaced so you can hold a private conversation, while the dishes are fresh and vibrant, from chopped tuna tartare with ginger betel leaves, to Australian grass-fed beef with fresh herbs. The damage to your company expense account ranges from $178-$288 depending on choice of main, with dessert for an extra $48.
Key Performance Indicator: There’s nothing like a change in scenery to gain a new perspective on a business deal—head to the gorgeous terrace to leverage sky-high views, blue-sky thinking… and a world-class cocktail list.
A Central stalwart for more than 20 years, Va Bene has recently relocated to the artsy Soho 189 complex in Sai Ying Pun, undergoing a major concept update along the way. No longer a stuffy old fine dining concept, Va Bene’s new outlet is casual and cool, with a laidback vibe and more modern aesthetic. Dishes still deliver on innovation and technique, despite the more relaxed surroundings. The set lunch menu lets you choose from a pizza set ($138), pasta set ($168) or meat set ($228): we recommend the mid-range pasta featuring mushroom fettucine, ravioli with sage butter or pumpkin risotto with amaretto cookies to get the most bang for your buck.
Key Performance Indicator: Want to keep your boss sweet, but not too sweet? Order the rosemary ice cream paired with gin-infused foam and dehydrated olives—the perfect synergy of sweet and savory.
The First Floor by Lifestyle Federation
The not-so-private private member’s club that is The First Floor by Lifestyle Federation boasts Hong Kong’s first “edutainment” concept—featuring workshops, culinary events, wine tastings and more. With plush seats, an open demonstration kitchen and VIP cigar lounge, it’s the ideal venue for the city’s movers and shakers. Lunch is priced at $380 for three courses and $430 for four, and features bold yet refined modernist cooking, from egg custard with duck foie gras emulsion to woodland mushroom consommé and octopus ravioli with white wine sauce and milk foam.
Key Performance Indicator: Head to the First Floor’s private cigar lounge post-lunch, where you can smoke Cubans while sipping on premium whisky, thus demonstrating your two basic core competencies: lung capacity and alcohol consumption.
Vasco’s beautiful, seasonally evolving cuisine and contemporary take on Spanish dishes impresses every time. Punctuated by copper and steel elements, chic geometric designs and lavish tableware, the décor makes a statement to impress even the most jaded of clients, while a concise yet sumptuous two- or three-course set lunch guides you in and out in under an hour. The menu ($349 for 2 courses, $389 for 3 courses) changes every two weeks but currently features Iberico pork paella, grilled red gurnard with saffron soup, and roast guinea fowl with onion and black truffle cream.
Key Performance Indicator: Need to butter up a potential client? Grease those palms with the sourdough bread that’s accompanied by five different types of homemade butter. You’ll have that signature inked in no time.
With its throwback 1950s-style New York-Italian atmosphere, exceptional service and table theatrics, Carbone is a top choice for impressing clients. If you’re dining with four or more, head to Carbone for their new lunch deal ($388 per person + 10%), which encourages family-style sharing: Pick two courses each from appetizers and pastas, mains and desserts, including Carbone signatures such as chicken parmesan, lobster ravioli and the Caesar salad, prepared tableside. Hefty portions ensure that each guest leaves stuffed and satisfied, while plenty of theatrics and add-on treats like a loaded antipasto platter inject a bit of excitement into the dealings.
Key Performance Indicator: A highly scalable model means you’ll still have room for dessert—one bite of the creamy New York-style cheesecake and your lunch date will be like putty in your corporate greed-mongering hands…