The ‘Mad Men’ generation made the leisurely 3-hour lunch famous. Unfortunately for most millennial office dwellers, it’s a dying trend worldwide, but not for the yachting elite who still relish a mealtime as an opportunity to create a shared bespoke experience for that very special client. Leave the distractions of work behind, and join us to find out where the top names in our industry choose to entertain!
London – with Clyde & Co
Ever wondered where to take your high-flying lawyer in London, to celebrate Suits-style after vanquishing your opponents (settling outside of court…of course)? Well, according to John Leonida of International Law Firm Clyde and Co, no location could be as perfect as Mac & Wild on Devonshire Square. Our legendary litigator told us that their Haggis and Venison scotch egg is his ‘go to with a glass of something smokey and peaty’. Cor, blimey that sounds good!
New York City – with Burgess Yachts
I was pleasantly surprised when Craig Cohen, Charter Broker at Burgess Yachts gave me a new suggestion for doing business in the Big Apple. Set your alarm for this appointment, and head over to the Loews Regency Bar & Grill early and you may see him there for the “Power Breakfast” with a special client. During the mid-70s, during the City’s financial crisis, the hotel’s owner started to invite the city’s political elite to breakfast to discuss ways to help the city recover from bankruptcy. Today, the tradition continues with the room filled with a “who’s who” from Wall Street to entertainment and media. The room packs a punch!!
Hong Kong – with Northrop and Johnson
Founder and Managing Director of Northrop & Johnson in Hong Kong (operating since in 1985), Bart Kimman, has probably dined at every restaurant in the region! Many Westerners favour the Mandarin and Peninsula Hotels, but if you are looking for a really unique, one-of-kind experience, Bart suggests you head over to Sam Shing near the Gold Coast Marina (where the N&J office is) for what many foodies declare is some of the best seafood in the world. Bring clients who will appreciate an authentic hands-on local experience though, as they will need to pick out their dinner, literally, from the restaurant’s own fish market! You may want to invite Bart to join you, unless you’re fluent in Chinese, in order to get the extra special VIP treatment…
South of France – with Pantaenius
Anna Baum, Pantaenius’s Marketing Director likes to get away from the hustle and bustle along the coast and take special clients inland to Restaurant Bruno, about an hour’s drive from Monaco. Family run for three generations, it’s famous for its truffles and incredible wine list. It’s all about personal attention here and the owners will personally take your guests through a culinary experience that they won’t soon forget.
Isle of Wight – with Compass Tenders
Richard Faulkner, Owner & CEO of Compass Tenders has been building and repairing yachts and tenders in his workshops on the River Hamble for over 30 years. Today, Compass is the de facto standard for custom-built tenders for some of the largest trophy superyachts out there on the market. He is a super busy guy, but when he has the chance to catch up with someone from the industry he loves to take them to the Hut Restaurant on the beach in Colwell Bay. This place has the look and feel of a beach side bistro, but boasts a menu that could rival some of the best eateries in the world with everything from crab gnocchi to ‘the best cheeseburger you will ever have in your life’…
Singapore – with the Singapore Yacht Show
Andy Treadwell’s name is synonymous with the development of yacht shows. He was the CEO of Informa Plc’s Sports and Leisure Group and today is CEO and Founder of the Singapore Yacht Show and Thailand Yacht Show. He is busy developing a portfolio of events in the leisure marine and sports sector and is based in Singapore, undoubtedly one of the food capitals of the world. You won’t find Andy at a Michelin starred restaurant with clients here. He goes for simple fare. One of his go-to places is the Greenwood Fish Market. This neighbourhood eatery is located at the Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove, overlooking the Singapore Yacht Show’s venue at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, so it is the perfect place for him to show clients where SYS will take place.
Barcelona – with OneOcean Port Vell
Nizar Tagi, joined OneOcean Port Vell as Sales Director just four months ago so he has had to get up to speed quickly with the restaurant scene in this foodie paradise. It hasn’t been a challenge for Nizar though, having lived and worked in Monaco, France, Italy, Montenegro and Hong Kong. He starts off by taking clients to the OneOcean Club, for lunch on the terrace which has commanding views over the city and of course the marina. For dinner, he heads over to El Barceloneta just a short work away, where the political jet set and well-heeled tourists hob knob with the likes of Messi who is frequently there for dinner. The food and service are outstanding and it’s the perfect place to close the deal.
Montenegro – with Porto Montenegro
For either formal business meetings or evening a casual chat, sit alongside the 64-metre infinity pool at the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club. Luckily for Tony Browne, Marina Director and Vice President of the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club, he doesn’t have a long walk to get over there. While clients admire the views of the superyachts moored in the marina, inside they will get the full VIP treatment. The members’ lounge, in fact, replicates the interior of a traditional yacht, so here the theme is everything yachting.
Fort Lauderdale – with Denison Yacht Sales
Susan Harris, Superyacht Charter Specialist with Denison Yacht Sales grew up in Chicago’s north side spending every summer on Lake Michigan so her love of power boating started early. By the time she was 14, Susan was sailing the waters of the Windy City so it shouldn’t be any surprise she ended up in Fort Lauderdale, the undisputed Yachting Capital of the World. Nothing says Fort Lauderdale better than the beach and S3 has incredible ocean views and is great for a light meal of small plates and sushi. Downtown she also likes to take clients to the Hardy Park Bistro where Chef Philip Darmon, an ex-yachtie, brings the skills he developed on some of the world’s most stunning yachts, shoreside.
Palma de Mallorca – with Gym Marine
Edward Thomas, Founder and Director Gym Marine, the only specialist retailer that creates bespoke gyms on board superyachts, is the authority on where to hang out near shipyards during superyacht gym installations, but when he is back in Palma he has a few favourite places to go, mostly in the Old Town. Forn de Sant Joan is a favourite of his, not only because of its spectacular menu but also because of its incredible cocktail list! Taking clients here allows you to show them the best of Mallorquin Cuisine, with a touch of worldliness that is needed to wow and excite in the run up to the next big project (though you’ll need to spend some good time on the treadmill to burn off those excess calories!).
Rio De Janiero – with Brazil Yacht Services
Adam Tarleton, Founder of Brazil Yacht Services, is the only yacht agent dedicated to shoreside superyacht support services in the country. He starts entertaining early in the day at the Confeitaria Colombo at Forte de Copacabana for breakfast. It’s hard to imagine a better place to start the day than sitting on the shady terrace with views down the beach of Copacabana. After work, evening drinks are best on the terrace of the exclusive, members’ only Clube de Rio de Janeiro on Batafogo Bay. Sophisticated and quiet this is the place he will go for serious conversations.