Fine dining resto goes into the business lunch


Posted at Nov 12 2010 01:31 AM | Updated as of Nov 12 2010 09:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Meetings, deal brokering, business proposals -- many of these activities happen during the lunch hour.

And for such power lunches, sometimes a casual restaurant or a board room just won't do.

A fine dining restaurant in the heart of Greenbelt in Ayala Center, Makati has started offering business lunch set menus this year to give business people a venue where they can hold their business lunches in style.

On weekdays, diners can choose between a 2-course or a 3-course business lunch menu at Chateau 1771 created by Switzerland-educated executive chef Vicky-Rose Pacheco, also the restaurant's chief operating officer.

For starters, one can choose among spinach soup, cream of mushroom soup made from scratch, baked eggplant rolls, tomato and grilled asparagus, and the cheese dish raclette.

For the main course, one can have meat, fish, or seafood. Among the choices are Open Ravioli Marinara, Braised Beef and Shallots, Lapu-Lapu Knight, Mixed Seafood Grill Skewer, and Sole with Browned Mushrooms.

The sweet-toothed can indulge in the Mini Lemon Meringue, Double Chocolate Ganache Tart, Mango Jubilee, and Panna Cotta.

And should one want wine with the meal, 3 Chilean wines are available for an extra add-on price: a chardonnay, a merlot, and a cabernet, in small bottles that's just enough for lunch.

Since business people are usually in a hurry, the business lunch menus can be served and consumed within one hour. But of course, one can linger a bit more especially while courting a client for a deal.

In an article entitled "The Business Lunch: How to Mix Food and Business" posted on SalesHQ, business people are advised to eat simple foods to give more focus on the business matter at hand. "Conducting business over a meal can be beneficial, but it can also be tricky. Eat simple foods that don’t require a lot of your attention to consume," the article said.

Chateau 1771, which calls itself a no-borders fine dining restaurant, seems to have kept this in mind. The foods are easy to eat, yet are flavorful and comforting, making business decisions easier to arrive at. -- Karen Galarpe,