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Qantas First Class Lounge, Los Angeles

Whenever we go to the US, we typically fly out of Los Angeles. The lounge offering to date in the States has been somewhat, well, awful compared to what we are used to in Australia (yes I know, spoilt, first world problem and all that). But late last year Qantas opened a dedicated First Lounge at LAX for its Platinum frequent flyers & First Class passengers. It doesn’t have all the glitz and glamour of the Sydney lounge, but it is a vast improvement on what was previously available. Our flight was leaving at 10pm so it was nice to sit in peace and quiet – in the evening it was nice and serene in there – and have a very decent meal before boarding.

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As with other lounges, the menu is designed by our own Neil. There’s a short cocktail list and some good wines on offer.

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You’ll find a few Sydney favourites plus some others. The boys will always hoover a minute steak or two whenever we go to the lounges.

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While the Marito enjoyed a very nice piece of halibut with some nice sides (creamed corn was delicious).

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I went for a frangrant Spice Temple-y pork dish

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The classic salt and pepper squid was tasty and nicely done

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And the hamachi was fresh, but the presentation was a little uninspiring

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Finish off with a little cheese

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…and a trifle

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And you’re ready to take off

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Qantas First Class Lounge, Airside, Level 5, LAX
http://www.qantas.com.au

Qantas International First Class Lounge, Sydney

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Somehow last year I scraped in Qantas Platinum Status, which gave me access to the much talked about First Class Lounge, and I’ve had the chance to enjoy it a few times. I’ve seen people try and sell their complimentary passes online for $70! Is it worth that – well if you down some of the quality bubbles they have on offer (Bolly, Taittinger, Veuve and the like), some excellent wine, a three course meal, and have a massage and a facial, it most certainly is. Its such a wonderfully civilised way to travel, and if you intend to work or sleep on your flight, having a freshly prepared, made-to-order meal here instead of on the plane is a relaxing and quality option. Not having to wait for the bill and walking off when you’re done is even better.

Plenty of people get here early for their flight, so there can sometimes be a wait for a table for the restaurant. With lots of light, high ceilings, and spaced out seating, you won’t mind lounging around, no pun intended. Or you can sit at the bar. The black or white jacketed waiters will escort you to a table and take your order – as I said, very civilised travel. The menu is a mix of classic comfort food and Neil Perry’s Modern Asian – if you have the time you could certainly plan yourself a degustation of sorts. The Club Sandwich, beef burger and the salt and pepper squid are hugely popular, but there are plenty of healthy and fresh options.

Breakfast dishes are served till 12pm, after that they have the “All Day Dining” menu which changes seasonally, plus a regularly changing menu of “Market Inspirations”.

If you can’t get into the lounge yourself, then I suggest befriending someone that can!

Salmon Sashimi
Salmon Sashimi

Buffalo Mozzarella and vine ripened tomato salad
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Salt and Pepper Squid
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Wagyu carpaccio with potato, egg and caper salad – excellent carpaccio
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Thai style hot and fragrant chicken (very very good, reminiscent of something you’d find at Spice Temple)
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Fish burger
fish burger

Duck broth with soy duck, duck broth, mushrooms and farro
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Sticky Toffee Pudding with caramel sauce
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Qantas First Class Lounge, Terminal 1, Sydney, open 7 days