Dining for business is always fraught with potential social faux pas. Who asks? Who pays? Which wine should you order, if any at all?
But perhaps the deciding factor of the outcome of your meeting is exactly which restaurant you choose to do business in. If you choose somewhere too loud, you don’t have a hope of having any kind of productive conversation. Too quiet, and you’ll have to whisper in order to avoid being overheard by the next table.
Luckily, a national survey has revealed Australia’s best restaurants to do business in. The Dimmi People’s Choice Awards – decided by over 250,000 Dimmi.com.au reviews during the last 12 months – has identified the Top 40 Restaurants for Business Meetings in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. And here they are:
73 Miller St, North Sydney NSW 2060
Authentic Japanese barbeque is given new meaning at this Sydney eatery. Rengaya’s hook is yakiniku – a coal-fired barbeque where customers can cook their own food, as well as ordering all of their usual favourites from the menu. Sashimi, udon, sushi and sukiyaki all feature, along with many other delicious options.
This restaurant is noted for its quiet, never-too-crowded atmosphere. They also have a private dining option if you want to conduct your business away from other diners. Prices are neither cheap nor incredibly outlandish, with entrees at approximately $15 and mains at $30 on average.
93 Albert St, Brisbane QLD 4000
A fine dining experience in a place you probably wouldn’t expect, Jeremy’s is tucked away in the middle of the Brisbane CBD between a 7-Eleven and an internet café. It’s so well hidden that Brisbane locals have probably walked past it on their way to the Botanic Gardens.
But this camouflaged location conceals one of Brisbane’s best restaurants for both fine dining and business meetings. Jeremy’s is a small place that boasts an enviable menu of Modern Australian cuisine. Open from dawn to well past dusk Monday to Saturday, you’re free to organise a business breakfast, lunch or dinner at your discretion.
Rare King St
42-44 King St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Rare is all about its quality cuts of beef – and it shows. Their menu offers 15 different types of both pasture and grain-fed steaks, with your choice of chips, baked potatoes or mash, and drizzled with one of their delicious sauces. There is also chicken, salads and a number of vegetarian mains to choose from.
The drink menu features an impressive selection of Australia wines and craft beers.
Chik & Kent
413 Murray St, Perth WA 6000
This Indian fusion restaurant is the new kid on the block of Perth’s competitive culinary scene.
Chik & Kent offer both traditional Indian options as well as some Western items on the brunch menu. But it’s the dinner booking you should hold out for, with the option to sample the delights of charcoal lamb cutlets, honey orange pork belly, Punjabi goat, butter chicken and lamb korma – as well as the usual suspects of naan and basmati rice to accompany.
Dimmi diners have rated Chik & Kent the best restaurant for both parties and groups, as well as business meetings.