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Here are all the best places for schmoozing, scheming, wheelin' and dealin'
You need an inspiring place to bash around ideas. Go to a well-designed café with good food like Twenty and Six Espresso or Grub Food Van.
Think fancy masquerading as casual, with solid service. Middle Eastern Maha gets the job done, or try Circa, the Prince; they offer sharp food and they'll valet park your car.
You need places conforming to your ethics. Silo is sustainability incarnate. Meanwhile Maison Ama Lurra has purpose-built meeting rooms.
Pei Modern is a sexy piece of dining action where you can still pull up in a quiet corner for a chat. Everyone likes being taken to Movida for jamon and a brainstorm.
It's as much about taste as money. Try the inky depths of Spice Temple for knockout yum cha, or for smoke and sizzle hit Argentinean hotspot San Telmo.
We could tell you to look up steak-and-lace restaurant Osc&r but we are classier than that. Café Di Stasio is our pick for long, boozy, pal-greasing lunches.
Government people who schmooze end up on the news for corruption - sorry, worker bees! Go to the European so you can keep your eye on parliament and hand-on-heart as your order.
You want buzz, and lighter food (it's an industry that lives on canapés). Chin Chin is still so-hot-right-now, and Sake has flashy sushi and hot private rooms.
You want something so 'amaze!' and new it hasn't opened yet. So, we're going to say Coda's new joint Tonka.
Show them all the money! Try sky-high Vue de Monde or Flower Drum where you can order the head of John the Baptist and wine that could cancel global debt.
No ballin' on tax money! Il Solito Posto does good classic Italian, or there's Charcoal Lane, the ace restaurant/cooking school for disengaged youth. So PC!
Do the Van Haandel's new sleek, mod-Brit-with-a-bit-of-Japanese Trocadero or booze them up and roll them in a haze of delicate snacks at Cutler & Co.
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First published on 8 Mar 2013. Updated on 6 Mar 2014.
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