The Business Lunch Big 5
Need a new spot for a lunch meeting? We’ve tracked down five of South Africa’s best restaurants for every kind of business lunch.
Whatever you’re looking for, there’s something on this menu for you.
Saint, Sandton, Johannesburg
The latest restaurant from David Higgs and Gary Kyriacou of Marble fame, Saint is less traditional Italian and more ‘Pazzo Italiano’ (Mad Italian). The dishes are quick to prepare, beautiful to look at, and delicious to eat, devised for people on the move. Located at the Marc (that’s Maude And Rivonia Corner for out-of-towners), Saint – with its 3D projectors and cheeky look and feel – is the key to making a good impression on important associates.
The Digs Kitchen, Morningside, Durban
Set in the old Lion Match Factory (and former home of The Boiler Room Café) on Umgeni Road in Morningside, just a block away from Durban’s Kings Park and Moses Mabhida Stadium, The Digs Kitchen is a conveniently-located place to meet clients. It has its roots in a student digs, which grew into a mobile kitchen, then a takeaway and now a restaurant, and the fresh, honest and healthy attitude has not been lost along the way.
La Boqueria, Parktown, Johannesburg
Want to make a statement? Break the ice by holding your meeting at La Boqueria. The double-storey vaulted ceiling and live indoor trees create an inviting atmosphere, which is backed up by the wonderfully varied menu. Inspired by street markets around the world, those dishes take in everything from tapas and ceviche to kebabs and paellas. The retro décor is certainly a conversation starter, and that well-travelled variety of dishes will keep the chit-chat rolling.
Camissa Brasserie, The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town
Sure, there are trendier – and more obvious – venues in Woodstock and in the CBD. But when you’re looking to connect with a client or business associate, you won’t necessarily want to battle for a table at a crowded lunchtime venue. Try the Table Bay Hotel’s elegant Camissa Brasserie instead, where you’ll have the choice of a seasonal ‘networking luncheon’ in the main restaurant. For something quieter, move to high tea at The Lounge or a light meal at the Union Bar.
Kream Brooklyn, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tufan Yerebakan’s stylish and upmarket Kream Brooklyn – located in Pretoria’s Nieuw Muckleneuk – has developed a reputation for trendy, elegant dining, with an extensive menu that ranges from steak to sushi. The same reputation that has seen the brand extend to a similar special occasion venue at Mall of Africa. Private lunch areas are available if you need a quiet spot to talk business, and the service prides itself on being swift and unobtrusive.