Get out of the office and try one of these business lunches, whether you’re securing deals or enjoying a meal with colleagues
Brush up on your elevator pitch at this business lunch on Level 63 of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. This high-rise location is known for its beautiful views over the Corniche and, with its seamless service and slick décor, is a great venue to impress a potential client or business partner. The menu includes a starter and a main course, and while portions are quite dainty, the quality of the food stands out. Expect sophisticated options such as salmon tartare and French onion soup to whet the appetite, followed by sunchoke and truffle pappardelle and fillet steak for the main.
AED 99+++. Corniche West. Sun-Thu noon–3.30pm. Contact: 02 811 5666, firstname.lastname@example.org
Somewhere between casual and sophisticated, this Italian restaurant somehow perfectly blends white tablecloths and well-dressed staff with a casual atmosphere and hearty portions, making it great for casual meetings. Whether you choose two or three courses, you can be sure you’ll get authentic food that’s packed with flavour. We recommend the homemade gnocchi with its rich tomato sauce, fresh basil and Parmesan, and the creamy banana and chocolate hazelnut cheesecake. The chef will happily cater to gluten-intolerant diners too.
AED 85 for two courses, AED 119 for three. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm. Contact: 02 627 9009, robertos.ae
If you want to sample some Asian cuisine then Cho Gao is a great place to feast with three different packages to choose from. Tuck into the Hari Kasih special and enjoy three courses with iced tea or water, the Berkelas lunch featuring a nutritious vegetable soup, the Cho Gao sampler plate with dim sum, sushi, a main course and a scoop of ice cream or the Oishii Japanese lunch featuring miso soup, salad and maki. With quick service and a welcoming atmosphere it’s a great option for a quick lunch.
From AED 65. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street. Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Contact: 02 616 6166, bit.ly/2fuwBOr
Nestled on the Corniche – there’s no irony there – the skyscraping Sofitel hotel is a great mix of casual and luxury. This all-day-dining restaurant features a buffet business lunch option. The vast selection of dishes, from salads and mezze to , makes it a great option for ensuring everyone at your business lunch can find something that takes their fancy.
AED 99+++. Capital Plaza Complex, Corniche East. Sun-Thu 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 813 7777, sofitel.com
Whether it’s to close out a deal or discuss office gossip, this steak restaurant, with its intimate yet cozy ambiance, leather upholstery and dark panel walls, can set the right mood. Enjoy a starter and a main with dishes including grilled asparagus with soft poached egg and mustard dressing and a seared Yellowfin tuna complemented with a chargrilled avocado and lime and ginger butter, which lends a tangy kick. For main, we recommend the for steak frite, tender Wagyu beef with fries, and boeuf stroganoff, pasta with beef chunks coated in rich creamy sauce. Not a fan of red meat? The Josper grilled salmon fillet and homemade gnocchi served with tomatoes, spinach, pine nuts and feta cheese are equally satisfying.
AED 99+++. Beach Rotana, next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm. Contact: 02 697 9000, bit.ly/1NpE2xC
Business is the furthest thing from one’s mind as you tuck into a perfectly cooked Australian Black Angus ribeye at one of Abu Dhabi’s favourite and idyllically located steakhouses. The reasonably priced business lunch menu maintains the high standards the restaurant is known for, including impeccable service and a location overlooking the mangroves, which will fortify the soul if you really must return to the office. Those looking for red meat alternatives can go for the French corn-fed chicken breast, roasted with the skin on and with not a hint of dryness. However, it must be noted that there are no main vegetarian options on the set menu though pasta dishes are available on request. The food is understated yet satisfying and the plush surroundings make this the perfect place to spoil clients.
AED 99. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. Sun-Thu 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 641 1500, boaabudhabi.ae