One of the most pleasurable ways to do business is over a good lunch, wouldn’t you say? We believe that it’s conducive to business to operate on a food friendly environment, and considering that food is a huge part of the Malaysian business environment it makes sense that we would first look at the top five tips for doing business in Malaysia over a meal, before looking at the top five places to do business in Malaysia over a meal! Specifically, in KL (Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia). These tips have been proudly brought to you by the masters of flexible time, Servcorp Malaysia.
Be flexible with your time
While it’s nice to think that a business lunch is how you would do business, the fact is that lunch is no longer the sole domain of the business meeting. Now you can find yourself doing business over a coffee, a mid-morning breakfast of roti, or any other kind of snack or meal.
Be about business
Yes, we know the coffee here is amazing, and the food is to die for. But don’t forget the whole reason you’re here in the first place: Business! Often when you bring food into the whole equation you find yourself forgetting the purpose of the meeting! If you have an agenda and you stay relatively on topic you’ll find that it’s easy to discuss your goals and you aims.
Keep things on topic
When we’re eating, we’re generally more relaxed than at other times. So be mindful of this – especially considering that conversation beyond polite chit chat is considered relatively inappropriate in conservative Malaysia.
Manners are important
While you might seem to be relaxed and having a good time, you need to ensure that you are adhering to the appropriate guidelines for etiquette. There are certain things you need to make sure you stick to.
Talk well and listen better
We think this is the same across the world, but nobody likes to talk to someone who doesn’t appear to be listening, or who talks more than they listen. Be sure that you are talking just enough to be polite, but spend the majority of the time asking questions and finding out more about your business acquaintances. You want to spend the time you have wisely, and there’s nothing better than learning about someone you’re going to be doing business with in a relaxed environment.
So now that we have covered some of the best tips for a good lunch or dinner, let’s take a look at the top picks for a lively or relaxed venue.
Best spots for lunch or dinner
A nice and casual choice, this restaurant is good for a feast of Malacca-Portuguese cuisine.
This spot is brought to you by the Hilton Kuala Lumpur and is a great example of Malaysian cooking.
Come here for some of the most elegant and refined Japanese food you’re ever likely to try. Make sure you try and grab a table that’s near the open kitchen – or if you need a room with some privacy you can take one of the private rooms.
If steak is more like what you’re craving then you can’t go past the incredible tastes at this spot. If you think you can manage the three course lunch then go for it – otherwise make sure you save room for the fondue.
For fine French and Malaysian you can’t go past the taste at Skillet @163. Food is lovingly prepared and you’ll love the classy dining room.
Good luck with all of your business meetings, and hopefully the majority of them take place over lunch – especially if they’re at one of the places above!