Mixing business with pleasure can be a difficult thing to do. Many will say, "don't do it", but there are definitely exceptions…
Like mixing a business discussion with a delicious lunch, for example.
You may be trying to build a relationship with a new prospect, salvage a working relationship, or discuss an important situation with a colleague – having these discussions over lunch will not only make great use of both parties' time, but it may also make the meeting a little more relaxed, which can only be good for your long-term relationship.
Who knows, that little touch of pleasure could be the thing to push a deal ahead.
Looking for the perfect location in the Northern Territory for a business lunch?
Look no further than these three options.
Address: 34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs
Barra on Todd Restaurant & Bar offers an outstanding selection of barramundi dishes as part of its creative and comprehensive menu. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, all-day dining and dinner, it's an ideal place for impressing a potential client, negotiating a deal, or catching up with your business partner. All-day dining dishes you can expect include salt and pepper squid, BBQ tequila and coriander chicken, beer-battered Australian barra and roast confit duck salad.
If your meeting is with a group of people, ask the friendly staff about their conferencing and catering packages. And if your meeting is in the evening, enjoy the addition of live music by the pool.
Barra on Todd is located across the dry Todd River from the centre of town in the 4½ star Mercure Alice Springs Resort. It's built a solid reputation for quality food and friendly service and with a picturesque setting by the pool, you'll feel a million miles away from the office.
Address: Alec Fong Lim Drive, East Point Reserve
Pee Wee's at the Point is the perfect place to wine, dine and relax all year around in Darwin. Located inside the East Point Nature Reserve, Pee Wee has sea views, lush lawns and offers inside or alfresco dining. This makes Pee Wee's an unsurpassed dining venue. Enjoy four acres of absolute water frontage and a restaurant designed by award-winning architects Troppo.
Pee Wee's offers a stunning natural setting and significant heritage value, having been listed on the National Estate of the Northern Territory Heritage registers. The restaurant is built on a reputation for first class food and service, so if you're looking to impress your lunch or dinner guest, this the place to do it.
The menu is modern Australian and features entrees like 'crocodile la lot', kangaroo carpaccio and hot and sour pork cheek. Why not take the whole office out for one of Pee Wee's famous gourmet Chef entree tours? It sure beats discussing work around the cooler!
Mains include oven-baked, wild-caught saltwater barramundi, double-roasted duckling, sweet potato gnocchi, venison striploin and coconut, kaffir lime and lemongrass king salmon wings. If you feel like adding even more pleasure to your experience, opt for the Fifty Shades of Chocolate dessert. With Belgian dark chocolate marquise, aerated chocolate, chocolate meringue, chocolate macaroon, raspberry gel and white chocolate and raspberry ice cream, you'll be in business-meets-pleasure-heaven.
Address: 1 Undoolya Rd, East Side
Casa Nostra is all about Italian hospitality in the heart of Alice Springs. An old-school Italian restaurant, it's famous for its mouthwatering pizza and pasta options and signature vanilla slice dessert. Open Saturday – Wednesday from 5pm onwards, and from noon on Thursdays and Fridays, this is the perfect spot for mixing a little pleasure into your end-of-week meeting.
Casa Nostra really is your traditional Italian family restaurant. Take a seat at a table decked out with a red and white checked table cloth and you'll see plastic grape vines hanging from the ceiling. Browse the menu and find classics like bruschetta, pasta marinara, cotoletta parmigiana and margarita pizza. If you're there for a healthy lunch, you can enjoy a Positano Bowl of Goodness, full of flavour and nutrition.
Want to take the office out for a themed treat? From Australia Day and Valentine's Day to St Patrick's Day and Christmas, Casa Nostra is well known for its love of creative 'limited time only' treats.
Conversations outside the office often lead to great business ideas. Choosing somewhere relaxing, where you feel at your best and most comfortable, will improve your working relationships and your business dealings.
One last thing: these three restaurants are all proud partners of the Good Food Gift Card, making a restaurant gift voucher perfect for corporate gifting too!