Friday, September 9, 2011

Qantas First Class Lounge - Melbourne (A Culinary Paradise)

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.

Champagne
The Menu
 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:


The Restaurant



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

Cheese plate

 Pavlova in a glass

Coffee
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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