A private dinner with a client can be the perfect opportunity to get the deal done. You get to know each other away from the board room and enjoy a nice meal in a relaxed atmosphere. It's most likely that you had a busy day already, so what you can you choose from the menu to keep you alert and focused on this extended work day?
Being focused means that your blood is being utilised by your brain rather than helping digesting foods. Try to eat light if you eat late, a meal high in fat takes longer to digest. If it's going to eat really late, you may want to have a snack like a piece of fruit before you go, otherwise you will be too hungry, you may either eat too much of the bread in the bread basked or focus on your food rather than your client.
Light and easily digestible proteins together with some carbohydrates and not too much fat is preferable. Grilled, roasted steamed fish or poultry would be better than red meat. Add lots of vegetables but go easy on those heavy sauces, ask for them to be served on the side. If you prefer a plant-based meal, watch out for the cheese some restaurants add liberally to their vegetarian dishes.
Don't be shy and ask the restaurant to make changes to the dish if you prefer. Ask for additional vegetables or a side salad instead of chips. They deal with food allergies and dietary requirements every day and will be prepared.
Alcohol is a tricky subject for many reasons, please allow me to stick to the nutritious side of it!
Your liver is clever - it prioritises. It is busy all day metabolising foods and absorbing nutrients to make them available to your body. But when alcohol (or any other toxin) is being present, it stops immediately what it is doing and starts neutralising and destroying those toxins. That means, as long as alcohol is in your system, your digestion and metabolism are impaired. Alcohol can make you tired, too. Hydration is important though and drinking water throughout the evening is a good idea.
And what about a dessert I hear you asking? I'm sure you won't be surprised when I recommend reducing sugar. It will cause a blood sugar spike and an energy slump after a short while - and since our aim is to remain focused all evening, I would refrain from a dessert (or the cheese course for that matter).