Five Of The Best Perth Restaurants Ideal For Business Lunches
For most busy professionals, lunch hour is the only time of the day they can unwind and recharge. So it’s important to make the most of the hour by periodically trading in deskside sandwiches for a much more satisfying meal at a fine establishment.
And, fortunately for Perth residents, the city has plenty of those venues to choose from.
From a restaurant serving authentic Asian street food to a new Japanese spot tucked into a historic public, these are the best business lunch spots in Perth.
The Heritage Wine Bar
If it’s choice you and your colleague or client are looking for, you can’t go past The Heritage Wine Bar in the city’s buzzing Brookfield Place. The marble-floored modern bistro boasts a by-the-glass list of over 100 old and new world wines, and caters for both the long luncher and the time-poor.
Time permitting, take a seat in the dining room to enjoy some Wagyu beef or Arkady lamb off the a la carte menu. If you’re on the clock, the $19 ($27 with a glass of wine) porchetta, blackened eggplant, or sticky lamb roll lunch specials will have you in and out within the hour.
While the speedy lunch menu is only available from 12pm – 3pm each day, late lunchers can dine on the all-day a la carte menu.
The Apple Daily Bar and Eating House
Not all business lunches necessitate white tablecloths and silver service. If you’re on the hunt for somewhere that serves exceptional food in a relaxed atmosphere, make a beeline for The Apple Daily Bar and Eating House at The Print Hall. The bar takes its name from Hong Kong’s popular daily newspaper, and serves up some of the city’s finest Asian street food.
Grab a group of your colleagues and sample all corners of the Apple Daily’s menu with the $59/pp ‘feed me’ menu. You’ll get a selection of snacks, large plates, sides, and desserts – think scallop miang with grapefruit, betel leaves, and tamarind, a roast duck curry with lychee, or softshell crab and noodle yellow curry.
If you’re working with time constraints, pop in Monday to Thursday, between 11:30am and 3pm, for a $20 express lunch instead. You’ll get your choice of four mains, as well as a sticky mango rice pudding to finish.
Fleur at The Royal
After a huge $13 million refurbishment, publican John Parker’s The Royal finally opened its doors late last year. The corner pub’s much-anticipated private dining room, Fleur, opened its doors not long after. The perfect combination of relaxed and refined, Fleur has already cemented itself as one of the city’s finest spots for a premium mid-week lunch.
If you’re really wanting to knock a client’s socks off, an extended lunch and a few ‘snaquiris’ (elegant, half sized daiquiris) at Fleur will do it. If not, it’s still well worth a visit. The dining room is sleek, punctuated with bright bursts of floral colour, and the menu is exquisite. Executive chef, Chase Weber, has a soft spot for eastern flavours, with the intricate menu drawing both flavours and precision from Japanese cuisine.
Settle in for a seafood banquet (the blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard is a stand out), or indulge yourself on some dry-aged Wagyu with sukiyaki sauce.
Guy Grossi’s much-lauded Garum is a sophisticated osteria and lunch stop on the city’s eastern edges. Using simple flavours, head chef Stefano Pingue gently introduces diners to the history and technique of Roman cooking, all while showcasing some of the best in West Australian produce.
A long lunch at Garum is bound to woo any potential client.
But, when time constraints jeopardise a leisurely lunch, look towards Garum’s 45-minute ‘express lunch’ menu instead. Highlighting a different region and their culinary specialties each month, the express menu takes you on a tasting tour of Italy. Available from 12pm – 3pm weekdays, there is the option of either a two ($39) or a three-course ($49) lunch, inclusive of a glass of wine, coffee, and valet parking at The Westin Hotel.
Santini Bar and Grill
Sitting on the eastern edge of the city’s busy Murray St mall is QT Hotel’s modern Italian kitchen Santini Bar and Grill. In 2019, under the guidance of executive chef Nic Wood, the restaurant claimed the title of WA Good Food Guide Awards ‘Restaurant of the Year’. Tucked away on the second floor of the hotel, the space takes its design cues from the quirky QT brand, while the menu focuses on Wood’s favourite ingredient – restraint.
Head in on a weekday to talk business over a simple selection of antipasto, deliciously crispy wood-fired pizza, pasta, or any one of Santini’s hearty Italian mains. Or, end the working week the right way with an extended pig and pinot lunchtime feast. From 12pm – 2:30pm every Friday, you can dine on Sicilian style wood-roasted suckling pig, roast potatoes, and a glass of fine pinot, all for $60/pp.
(Lead image: Garum / supplied)
Published 20 February, 2020