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Time is money. The best restaurants for a business lunch in Shanghai are those that understand this, and where the atmosphere is conducive to catching up, closing deals, and doing a little schmoozing along the way.
Nanjing Xi Lu
This Italian restaurant inside boutique hotel JIA (http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/shanghais-top-boutique-hotels) offers a Power Lunch set that promises to have you in and out in 30 minutes, though of course you’re welcome to linger longer. Make a trip or two to the salad before wolfing down either pasta or pizza.
A stone’s throw from The Langham, Xintiandi and Andaz, T8 is an ultra central meeting point whose location will even let you squeeze in a little shopping. The four-course lunch set here includes roasted sea bass and mango and foie gras ravioli. There’s also a lighter three-course set which you can wash down with fresh-squeezed juice.
While plenty of ladies who lunch do indeed dine here, the setting beckons titans of industry to pull up a chair and unfurl an impeccably starched napkin. The three-course lunch set here will leave you plenty full, especially if you order the burger. Should you feel like taking the rest of the afternoon off, indulge in a bottle from the restaurant’s well curated selection.
Dining Room at the Park Hyatt
Dine in the clouds at Shanghai’s highest restaurant, where the service is impeccable and the food representative of Hyatt’s rigorous standards. Don’t miss the oven roasted black cod here; sumptuous and tender, it’s served with octopus, capsicum, creamy mashed potatoes, and basil, but is still enough to leave room for dessert.
Inside IFC mall, this airy, light-filled restaurant does swift lunch business, attracting in shoppers, tourists, and business folk with its enormous buffet spread. Fill up your plate with cheese, crudités, and charcuterie before moving onto pasta or thin crust pizza and rounding out the lot with a trip to the dessert buffet and a cappuccino—to prevent that craving for an afternoon nap.