12 December 2019

Best Restaurants for Business Travellers to Dine at

It’s fair to say that one of the best things about business travel is the opportunity to dine at some of the world’s most interesting and popular eating establishments (especially if your company pays for the experience!).

Whether you’re dining with potential business partners or going solo on your own, it’s always nice to unwind after a long day of meetings with a glass of wine or two and some local delicacies.

In this article, we’ll list six of the best restaurants around the world for you, your colleagues, and your business partners to dine at, to make the most out of your bleisure time.

So, let’s dig in…

Six of the best restaurants for business travellers

Katz Delicatessen, New York

Katz Delicatessen is by no means New York’s finest dining experience, but the no-frills deli is certainly a must-visit when you’re in the area. Serving mile-high sandwiches since 1888, Katz is famous for hosting a number of scenes from both film and television, including the iconic When Harry Met Sally... scene (sit at the very table), as well as the hit TV show Man v. Food. In fact, Katz is so popular that top A-list celebrities from Leonardo Di Caprio to past and present US presidents frequent there.

As for the food, you can’t visit Katz Delicatessen without trying the pastrami on rye sandwich, considered one of New York’s best, coupled together with their famous corned beef Reuben. Just remember to take a napkin - it’s a messy experience, but certainly worth it!

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Dae Mon, Berlin

Dae Mon has been a culinary hotspot in the middle of the city since 2016. Its “open-minded cuisine” philosophy is heavily influenced by dishes from Europe, Japan, and Korea. Visitors can pamper their taste buds with Dae Mon’s very own business lunch that changes on a weekly basis, making it a perfect venue to relax and socialise with your international clients.

The avant-garde restaurant with an open kitchen also boasts the ‘Chefs menu’, which includes seven sophisticated courses with wine accompaniment, giving you the opportunity to bring out that inner connoisseur and impress your colleagues. It’s the food, the atmosphere, and the service that earns Dae Mon a deserved 13 Gault-Millau points.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Hong Kong

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon offers a unique experience for any visitor. Since its opening in 2006, the restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars for the eighth consecutive year and offers a variety of great French cuisines, accomplished to the highest level.

The restaurant is divided into two areas - L’Atelier and Le Jardin. The former is designed with a circular bar enveloping an open kitchen, so customers can witness all aspects of cooking, from food preparation to the plating of dishes, while Le Jardin has an elegant interior setting and looks out over a quaint rooftop garden. Each section features its very own gourmet French menu, from a set lunch menu to A La Carte. There’s even a dedicated menu for the vegetarians among you!!

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Quay, Sydney

Often referred to as the best restaurant in the country, Quay is most famous for its location. Nestled on Sydney Harbour’s waterfront, with sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, there’s nowhere quite like it. Quay has won more awards than any other restaurant in Australia and has been listed for five years on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, all while holding the title of Best Restaurant in Australasia for three of those years.

And the food is just as good as the view. Quay’s culinary evolution treats all the senses, and there’s no better way to experience these delicacies than tucking into a six-course or ten-course menu, designed by famous chef Peter Gilmore.

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Billionaire Mansion, Dubai

Enter Billionaire Mansion, where you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and contemporary Japanese dishes, all the while being entertained by aerial artists and fire performers. 

This swanky, one-stop destination mixes sophisticated fine dining with high-end niche events featuring international DJs and A-list performers flown in from across the globe. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a billionaire to dine here, but the experience is certainly worth every penny.

Struck a big business deal or partnership that needs to be celebrated? Billionaire Mansion even has a custom-made champagne show full of entertainment, drink, and bubbles!

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Burger & Lobster, London  

If an international business partner has come to visit you in England, then why not treat them to one of the Burger & Lobster restaurants, located across London (and around the world)?

On the menu is, well, burgers and lobster, but with its wide range of dish selections, we guarantee it’ll be some of the best you’ll ever have. The wild lobsters are fresh from the Atlantic and the prime burgers are made from the best quality cuts of meat. If you want Surf and Turf with a difference, Burger & Lobster is certainly the place to go.

Dine in style with your business partners

Are you hungry for something new?

Whether you’re treating international business partners, dining as a team, or simply looking to relax on your own, our list of the best restaurants for business travellers worldwide caters to any appetite. Better yet, you don’t need to go over budget or follow a black-tie dress code to satisfy your tastebuds. Make the most of your business travel, create stronger business bonds, and dine in style wherever you are in the world.

You may dine in style while you’re on a business trip but what about flying in style? With Lufthansa Group’s PartnerPlusBenefit programme, you can do exactly that.

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