It’s in the places with the most peaceful atmosphere, the most inspiring views, and the most mouth-watering food that your most important business deals get made. Whether you’re a startup, a PR agency, a financial institution, or even a multinational corporation, it’s a must to master of the art of the power lunch. Because of the 24/7 business cycle, the term has even gone beyond lunch to encompass dinner, breakfast, merienda, or coffee.
Metro Manila is filled with great places for a power lunch or business dinner. Here are 10 of our favorites.
67 Scout Rallos, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Tel. Nos. 962-1176 / 0977-806-3153
Serving Filipino food with a passion, Alab offers new twists on familiar cuisine, such as their famous Pianggang and Bibingka Cheesecake. The restaurant’s modern design references classic Philippine architecture. Like all things Pinoy, the atmosphere and service is warm and welcoming, making it a fine place to bond with your peers.
Sky Deck, The Bayleaf Intramuros
Muralla St. corner Victoria, Intramuros, Manila
Tel. Nos. 318-5000 / 328-3170
Catch a bird’s eye view of the old walled city and Manila’s historic environs at the Sky Deck. The 10th-floor restaurant is a relaxed dinner spot, decorated with comfy chairs and huge lounge sofas looking over a 360-degree view, that will set the right mood for any business meeting. Live acoustic music complements the great food. Don’t forget to order the Bayleaf Bagnet.
Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro
Icon Plaza, 25th Street corner 6th Avenue, 1634 Taguig, Philippines
Tel. No. 801-6084
For the healthy executive,Adaäm & Yves provides organic cuisine, such as kale chips and Bogart Bacall, a salad made of roasted beets, asparagus, goat's cheese, micro greens, and caramelized walnuts. The bistro has an artistic industrial feel that feels chic and modern.
Highlands Prime Steakhouse
2/F North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Tel. Nos. 556-0768 / 901-3243
Casual and friendly, Highlands Prime Steakhouse offers cowboy country staples with a glorious view of Manila Bay. Combined with its stellar menu, taking a prospective partner or client to see the setting sun can be the perfect time to close that vital deal.
G/F Bonifacio One Technology Tower, Rizal Drive Cor. 31st St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No. 995-9975
Peruvian cuisine is becoming a global favorite, as it gives familiar Spanish dishes a unique spin thanks to Japanese, Italian, African and Chinese influences. Grab a taste of Peruvian cooking right at the heart of Bonifacio Global City by booking a table at Cocina Peruvian. Inviting with its warmly-colored interior, it’s an attractive place to bond during lunch.
100 Revolving Restaurant
MDC 100 Building,Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City
Tel. Nos. 962-5654 / 962-1016
The only revolving restaurant in the city, diners at the 100 can relish a relaxing atmosphere, panoramic gently shifting views, and great food. It has an eclectic menu featuring Smoked Caviar Pie, Dragon Maki, Tiger Prawns in Curry, and Pinoy Pizza. While an awesome venue for lunch, the restaurant really shines during dinner, when people can see the city’s spectrum of twinkling lights.
51D Scout Rallos St., Quezon City
Tel. No. 0906-531-6406
Need a casual, filling meal with your team to work on your project? Grab a sandwich from Mr. Graham’s. It features a selection of favorites with a fusion cuisine-inspired spin. For drinks, it has the deliciously refreshing Apple Pie Soda and (if your company policy allows it) a range of beers.
Dencio’s at Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club
Capitol Greenstreet Building, Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club, Quezon City
Tel. No. 952-9356
A day with a power lunch doesn’t have to start with you at the office. Many negotiations begin in the golf course and continue during lunch. The Dencio’s in Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club offers a relaxed meal with a great view of the sprawling course. Catch your breath, build up your strength, and build business relationships.
The Lounge, New World Makati Hotel
Esperanza St. cor. Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City
Tel. No. 811-6888
Want an elegant ambience that’s open for breakfast until late at night, serving simple and fresh meals and pastries with a wide selection of beverages? The Lounge is always ready to welcome you with live musical entertainment—a gentle accompaniment for those long, important discussions.
W Fifth Avenue, 32nd and 5th St., The Penthouse, Bonifacio Global City
Tel. Nos. 478-4498 / 506-1380 / 0917-871-4388
Upon walking into this penthouse restaurant and bar, Black Sheep immediately gives you the exciting sights of both a busy BGC nightlife and a bustling open kitchen. The restaurant offers a single malt bar with the widest collection in Manila. In Black Sheep, you can find the kind of sleek, modern experience that any upcoming executive will appreciate.
There are many other great restaurants, but these 10 have captured our interests so far. What is your recommendation? Recommend one in the comments below.