Need a place for that company lunch or business dinner? We’ve narrowed down the options in Singapore (by size of groups), listed the restaurants’ minimum charges (if any), and shared our choices of dishes you have to order. Your associates (or boss) will give you a great big pat for making the right choices. Don’t forget us when you get that promotion or clinch that business deal!
FOR PARTIES OF 6 TO 10
Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe
Authentic German dishes for six
Within this Swabian German eatery’s quaint environment is a private dining room that fits a maximum of six patrons. What’s the catch? A minimum spend of $300++ on weekdays and $500++ on weekends. If your group fancies another round of Oktoberfest-like fare – think pork knuckle ($55++) and German sausages ($19.80) all washed down with beer, make reservations (two days in advance).
Address: 9 Bras Basah Road #01-01 Rendezvous Hotel Gallery Singapore | Tel: 6336 0106 | Opening hours: Daily 11am-11pm
Keyaki Japanese Restaurant
For an intimate, tatami room for eight
If you’re looking for a zen environment to soothe those meeting table fires, this is it. The private dining options at Keyaki are a class above all other Japanese establishments: two private dining rooms are available – a fully decked out tatami-style room for up to eight guests (minimum spend $500 for lunch and $700 for dinner), and the other, with tables and chairs, for up to ten people (minimum spend $800 for lunch and $1,000 for dinner). The Seasonal Omakase Kaiseki is available for $180, which includes fresh sashimi, a grilled course and a simmered dish.
Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4 Pan Pacific Hotel | Tel: 68268240 | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm
FOR PARTIES OF 10 TO 12
Fleur de Sel Le Restaurant
For fine-dining French food for 12
Set up by chef Alexandre Lozachmeur (previously at Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée, Paris, and St Regis Singapore) Fleur de Sel is an exquisite and dignified French restaurant that pays particular attention to its chic interiors and food arrangement. The private dining room at the back can comfortably seat 10 diners. There is currently no minimum charge or booking fee, though it is subject to availability (book at least a week in advance and minimum six diners). Options are made easy with the executive set dinner menu ($88 per person) – with course options such as Le Choux (savoy cabbage soup with potato and croutons) and Le Daurade (seared Seabream, tomato coulis, sautéed potatoes and mushrooms).
Address: 64 Tras Street | Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 6.30-10pm
Barraka Bar and Restaurant
For Spanish delicacies in chic confines for ten
This large-scale Spanish establishment offers native cuisine with well-chosen wine pairings. You can book their only private room (seats ten) two days in advance at no minimum charge (minimum five pax). We recommend ordering the wonderful, crackling cochinillo al horno (whole roasted, suckling piglet cooked in Segovian style, $200). Take note that this dish feeds eight people and has to be needs to be ordered two days in advance. Address: 11 Unity Street, #01-18/29 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-1am; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat noon-2am; Sun noon-1am
Rooms for four to 12 persons, and air flown Kagoshima beef
At this Japanese grilled meat establishment, there are two private dining rooms that can host between two-eight persons and six to 13 persons respectively. The minimum charge is $100 per pax, but book at least two days in advance so that your group won’t miss out on the restaurant’s excellent beef selection. Order the toku-jo bara (premium Wagyu short ribs, 80g for $50) that boasts of buttery streaks of marbling, and the tomo bara (Wagyu karubi plate, 80g for $36) – a good, firm cut of protein with medium marbling. Another plus? Ito-Kacho uses only imported beef air flown from Kagoshima so it’s not all smoke…
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #04-08/09 Mandarin Gallery | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 6-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm
For quality Japanese that’ll please up to 12
This one will please the entire group: there are three private rooms within Bay Sushi, and these can be combined into one to cater to a party of 12. An additional fee of $30-$50 per room will be charged at this contemporary Japanese restaurant (on top of the final bill). Bookings need to be made at least a day in advance. If you don’t know what to order, the Bay Sushi Set ($15-$55) is a safe option that has a variety of sashimi, sushi and tempura.
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B2-01B The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands | Tel: 66887707 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10pm; Fri-Sun 11.30am-3pm, 5-10.30pm
FOR PARTIES OF 12 TO 15
For unlimited helpings of seafood for groups of five to 15
Catering to varying group sizes, there are four private dining rooms at Todai and can booked for an additional charge of $50 per room (over the per-person buffet charges). The rooms range from a cosy five-person sanctuary to that which can fit a more raucous group of 13, which is just as well – you don’t want outsiders watching the way you eat seafood, though that, we think, is a good bonding experience for the team. The international buffet ($42++ to $68++per person) should satisfy rumbling stomachs, with a choice of Alaskan crabs, fresh oysters and barbecued beef short ribs. Be sure to book at least two days in advance for this private feast.
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B2-01A Marina Bay Sands | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm (5pm on Sunday) -10pm
For Italian fare and a view for 12 to 14 persons
Zafferano emits all the right notes of a charming, chic Italian establishment, with great views from the 43rd floor of the Ocean Financial Centre. It offers two private dining rooms (The Private Dining Room and The Wine Room), which can seat up to 12 and 14 guests respectively. The delicious Fiorentina alla Zafferano (charcoal grilled 800g black Angus T-bone that serves two people, $148) is reason enough to book out the private rooms. Minimum charges are anything between $800 to $1,800, depending on the room and number of guests. Do book at least a month in advance.
Book a table here | Address: 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-late; Sat 5pm-late
Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
For a fresh, green setting to for six to 14 guests
Fresh air, greenery and class in a historic setting. The deal will definitely be sweet at this black-and-white-housed restaurant with four private rooms. The rooms can hold between six and 14 guests with a minimum billing of $140 per person and one week advance booking required. You can take the pressure off by opting for the set menus which can be arranged. The marinated Scottish salmon carpaccio with yellow frisee salad and salmon roe ($22) is a proven winner.
Address: 10 Telok Blangah Green | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-3.30pm 6-10.30pm
Limoncello Pizza and Grill
Private dining for eight to 18 persons, with a homey, Italian feel
An excellent choice for casual private dining dinners and fuss-free Italian dishes. As there is only one private room, which can accommodate eight to 18 guests, you’d need to call in at least one week in advance to book. Boasting a clean, classy look and floor-to-ceiling windows, the room allows for a great amount of sunlight to stream in, illuminating the area and lending it a nice glow. To book the room during dinner you will need to have a combined spend of at least $800; to book during lunch time, the minimum spend is $400, though the minimum amount is waived is you’re booking for a group of at least eight. You won’t go wrong with the restaurant’s Linguine Aragosta (Linguine with fresh live Boston lobster (half) in natural juice, flavoured with Cognac, $37) and any of their gourmet pizzas (feeds up to two, $19-28 each).
Address: 95 Robertson Quay, #01-19/20 Rivergate | Opening hours: Daily noon-2pm, 6-10.30pm; Bar: Daily noon-midnight
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