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Tammy Newell
Tammy Newell
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  • 16th September 2011

Top 5 Restaurants for a ‘Business Lunch’ in East London

 iStock_000005177840XSmall_thumb Whether you are meeting potential clients, discussing a new business venture, or welcoming some new employees, a business lunch is a great way to impress – but with so many restaurants – which one do you choose?

Here is the SOS guide to the best restaurants for a business lunch in the area of East London:

  1. L’Anima | 1 Snowden Street | EC2A 2DQ
    If money is no object when it comes to business lunches, this Italian Restaurant on the edge of the city is sure to impress. Diners can choose from a set lunch menu, or a la carte options in this fine dining establishment, which has doubled in size in little over a year – they must be doing something right! Recommended dishes include Lemon and Chilli Poussin with Olive Oil Mash and Wild Herb Tortelli with Balsamic Vinegar.
  2. Boundary | 2-4 Boundary Street | E2 7DD
    Located in fashionable Shoreditch, this Anglo-French restaurant was the brain child of renowned chef, Terence Conran. The atmosphere is more formal than your typical Shoreditch and Hoxton establishments, with the food and service being top notch quality. With unique dishes including Braised Trotter with Sweetbreads and Morels, make sure your client is willing to try something new.
  3. The Modern Pantry | 47-48 St John’s Square | EC1V 4JJ
    This cafe come restaurant is a popular choice with nearby workers, as it offers a dine-in or take-out service, along with formal dining rooms on the first floor. The menu is very ambitious, with Asian influences that create an impressive impact. The signature dish at The Modern Pantry is Sugar-Cured New Caledonian Prawn Omelette with Spring Onion, Coriander and Smoked Chilli Sambal. You’re not limited to a business lunch here either, as the cafe opens for a breakfast you wont forget in  a hurry.
  4. St John | 26 St John Street | EC1M 4AY
    If you are out to impress a new client or ensure you business secures a top deal, then this is the place to go – but make sure you book in advance, because this restaurant is British cuisine at its best. Devised by pioneering chef Fergus Henderson in in 1994, the menu changes daily due to the high quality seasonal produce used, however, the signature dish of Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad is always available. In 2009 St John was awarded a Michelin star, boosting its reputation further. There is also a bar, which requires no booking, serving the best ales and wine you can get your hands on.
  5. Vanilla Black | 17-18 Tooks Court | EC4A 1LB
    This restaurant is certainly the hidden gem of the bunch. Tucked away down a cobbled side road, just off Cursitor Street, Vanilla Black is a Vegetarian restaurant with a highly creative menu. Recommended dishes include Poached Duck Egg and Ribblesdale Pudding, along with Cauliflower Cake with Mustard Pakora. The presentation of the dishes is top quality, and you will want to come back and try everything on the menu!