On a recent adventure I had the pleasure of spending some time in the Qantas First lounge at Melbourne along with a friend of mine. The lounge is quite a bit smaller than the one in Sydney but with that you get a much more personal service with everything being taken care of from the moment I arrived.
|The Departures Display|
The friendly waitress tended to my friend and I immediately upon being seated, taking drink orders and asking whether we would be having lunch today. We ordered Taittinger champagne and advised we would be eating a little later. The lounge area was very bright with a lot of sunshine flowing through the windows and we were even asked if we would prefer the blinds closed, which I didn't.
The menu was the winter menu with some changes compared to Sydney including an additional champagne choice: the Veuve A. Devauc blanc de noir. I sampled all 4 options! After a couple of pre-drinks we moved over to the Rockpool operated restaurant and ordered. Food was delivered promptly and went as follows:
Starter is a Roast butternut pumpkin soup with coconut cream and coriander
|Blackmore wagyu bresaola with goats curd, braised leeks and truffled potatos|
| Sides include fries, rocket with parmesan salad, salt and pepper squid with green chilli sauce.|
|Crisp pork belly with spicy eggplant, coriander and shallot|
| Fruit platter|
| Chocolate lave cake with rhubarb and vanilla bean ice cream|
| Pavlova in a glass|
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire meal!! However, one has to mention a couple of highlights. For me those were the squid which was absolutely tender with a delicious accompanying sauce, and the pavlova in a glass. This pavlova was absolute heaven, just looking at the picture now makes me wish I was back there eating it.
Overall the lounge experience was fantastic, I did not use the spa on this visit however it was a quiet day and I doubt getting an appointment would have been all that difficult. The Melbourne lounge in my opinion is a better experience than Sydney with better food and superior service. Well done to the staff!
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