Date of Visit: April 5 2014
I am a regular at the Qantas Biz Lounge because it code-shares with Cathay Pacific. Thus far, I’ve yet to take pictures of the lounge simply because it looked rather ordinary and overdue for a freshening up.
For this trip to Hong Kong, I took Qantas because I wanted to use my flight credits from my cancelled Peru trip – THE trip that I’ve been anticipating for over a year. Why am I not going? Because the travel agent made a mistake with my name thereby ‘lost’ my Inca hiking trail permit! Either that, or she left it to the very last minute (end of January) to book when in essence any hikers would know that the permit is released in the beginning of the year! Needless to say, due to reasons unclear to me, and I’ll just leave it at that and happy to get a full refund!
Seeing Marc Newson design early in the morning – 6am – is entirely different under softly-litted illumination. I’d say the design looked good!
I had my usual fruit muesli and yoghurt for breakfast from the self-service buffet. As for reading materials, there’s nothing of interest for me. I managed to find 2 copies of Australian Bazaar and Australian Vogue – both in Chinese language, mind you. Intriguing since this is my first time coming across Chinese-Australian fashion magazines. I guess the world is awash with Renminbi $$$ with the Mainlanders as consummate consumers.
Once on board the QF127, I was offered beverages – juice, water or champers.
Food on-board is designed by Neil Perry of Rockpool fame… and the wine list comprised of Australian wine hall of fame, enticing enough for me to switch to Qantas from now on!
For my aperitif, I chose 2012 Philip Shaw The Architect Chardonnay from Orange, NSW. Apparently Philip Shaw is the architect of some of Australia’s greatest chardonnays. I find it tight but with a good acidity.
I also got a Kate Spade amenities bag! I find it more useful (larger) than the Agnes B that Cathay Pacific disperses.
Lunch service started with a choice of sourdough or rye bread and green salad.
I switched to Gewurtztraminer for lunch. At the back of mind, I remembered traminers as uncousously sweet wines, but surprisingly Cargo Road was rather dry with with a good line of acidity with notes of lychee permeating through both the nose and palate!
Mild, not sweet which I liked. Beef is a bit like beef jerky – well seasoned but not too dry. Bits of red chilli pepper flakes to lift the notes to the otherwise bland/ tasteless vermicelli . Some shredded carrots and cucumbers for crunch and juice -and of course herbs because it’s Vietnamese! I like! 👍
With Qantas, the wine pours are very generous with lots of wine top-ups, unlike some Asians airlines…also the wine glasses for lunch is larger than the aperitifs! 😄
I chose the Big Bowl of Soup because I like root vegetables. It’s a light but filling course with rich beefy (vegemitey?) savoury broth with sweet aniseedy/ herbaceous notes. Risoni, kale, chestnuts and parsnips went well with Getwurztraminer!
To finish – Lemon Curd Tart or Cheese？I chose the Cheese selection of goat’s cheese and cheddar, with accompaniments of candied pear and fig. I was also given a Varholna dark chocolate baton to go with my Long Black.
After lunch service, we were offered T2 Apple Tea, but no thanks – too full !
I opted for the Shanghai noodles with stir-fried mushrooms and snow peas with lots of puffed tofu. This came in a Chinese take-away paper container. It was very salty…I finished since I’m not going to eat dinner when I get home tonight!😜
So here I am, back in Hongkers!