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Here are all the best places for schmoozing, scheming, wheelin' and dealin'

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When you actually need to talk business

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesYou 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.

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesThink 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.

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesYou need places conforming to your ethics. Silo is sustainability incarnate. Meanwhile Maison Ama Lurra has purpose-built meeting rooms.

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesPei 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.

 

The gentle schmooze

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesIt'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.

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesWe 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.

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesGovernment 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.

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesYou 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.

 

The heavy schmooze

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesYou want something so 'amaze!' and new it hasn't opened yet. So, we're going to say Coda's new joint Tonka.

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesShow 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.

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesNo 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!

Melbourne's best restaurants for business lunchesDo 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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