BEST IN LOUNGE

As always, I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel internationally, whether for fun or for work, especially via business class (see BEST IN FLIGHT), including airport lounge access.

This is an on-going ranking of dining experiences that I have had in airport business lounges, as featured on the pages of GMTD.

In assessing a business lounge, I look for 3 critical elements, in order of importance:

  1. Good quality whisky
  2. Tasty foods, freshly prepared, well-balanced in variety
  3. Made-to-order items, preferably local in nature

  1. TURKEY, Istanbul (IST): Istanbul Ataturk Airport – Turkish Airlines Lounge (8.052 Köfte + Piliç) (9.056 Pide)
  2. SINGAPORE (SIN): Singapore Changi Airport (Terminal 3) – SilverKris Business Class Lounge (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta) (10.287 Lamb Meatballs in Spiced Tomato Sauce)
  3. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Dubai (DXB): Dubai International Airport, Emirates Business Class Lounge (10.301 Fish Harra)
  4. JORDAN, Amman (AMM): Queen Alia International Airport – Petra Lounge (9.267 Dukkah-Spiced Salmon)
  5. QATAR, Doha (DOH): Hamnad International Airport – Al Mourjan Lounge (10.169 Mini Sliders); (10.174 Chicken Kabsa)
  6. NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam (AMS): Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – KLM Crown Lounge (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  7. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Abu Dhabi (AUH): Abu Dhabi International Airport – Etihad Airways Lounge (6.154 Shakshouka)
  8. JAPAN, Tokyo (HND): Haneda Airport International Terminal (8.202 Clam and Spicy Tofu Stew)
  9. CHINA, Hong Kong SAR (HKG): Hong Kong International Airport – Club Autus Lounge (10.042 Grilled Peri Peri Chicken Thigh)
  10. THAILAND, Bangkok (BKK): Suvarnabhumi Airport (Concourse D) – Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge (7.306 Fried Black Cod …); (10.321 Coconut Rice with Grilled Chicken & Papaya Salad)
  11. AUSTRALIA, Brisbane (BNE): Brisbane Airport – Singapore Airlines Lounge (6.242 Scallops)
  12. NEW ZEALAND, Aukland (AUK): Aukland Airport – Strata Lounge (10.118 Awhi Farms Savannah Grass-Fed Beef Bone-In Sirloin)
  13. KOREA, Seoul/Incheon (ICN): Incheon International Airport (Terminal 2) – Korean Air Prestige Lounge (East) (9.016 Probably the Best Mul Naeng Myeon); (10.110 Grilled Tenderloin with Rosemary Sauce)
  14. JORDAN, Amman (AMM): Queen Alia International Airport – Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge (6.159 Memories of Hummus)
  15. GERMANY, Munich (MUC): Flughafen München – Lufthansa Lounge (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  16. RUSSIA, Moscow (DME): Moscow Domodedovo Airport (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns)
  17. FIJI, Nadi (NAD): Nadi International Airport – Fiji Airways Premier Lounge (10.230 Seared Humpty Doo Barramundi)
  18. SINGAPORE (SIN): Singapore Changi Airport (Terminal 2) – SilverKris Business Class Lounge (10.293 Skinless Chicken Skewers Served with Barley and Porcini Salad, Light Sage Jus)
  19. PHILIPPINES, Manila (MNL): Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 3) – SilverKris Lounge (10.287 Lamb Meatballs in Spiced Tomato Sauce)
  20. CHINA, Hong Kong SAR (HKG): Hong Kong International Airport – Cathay Pacific Lounge (The Wing) (5.182 Har Gao); (10.049 Termite Mushroom Steamed Halibut)
  21. CHINA, Shanghai (PVG): Shanghai Pudong International Airport – No. 77 China Eastern Plaza Premium Lounge (10.201 Classic Shanghai Noodle with Spring Onion Oil)
  22. PHILIPPINES, Manila (MNL): Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 3) – Cathay Pacific Lounge (10.042 Grilled Peri Peri Chicken Thigh)
  23. SINGAPORE: Singapore Changi Airport (Terminal 1), Plaza Premium Lounge (10.160 Chicken Rice + Ramen)
  24. INDIA, New Delhi (DEL): Indira Gandhi International Airport (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  25. MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur (KUL): Kuala Lumpur International Airport – AirAsia Premium Red Lounge (9.183 Grilled Y/F Tuna Steak)
  26. KOREA, Seoul/Incheon (ICN): Incheon International Airport – Asiana Business Class Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (5.363 Past + Sandwich for the Elite)
  27. KOREA, Seoul/Incheon (ICN): Incheon International Airport – Korean Air Prestige Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (6.090 Shin Ramyeon BLACK)
  28. KOREA, Seoul/Incheon (ICN): Incheon International Airport – Star Alliance Lounge (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…)
  29. SRI LANKA, Colombo (CMB): Bandaranaike International Airport (9.191 Grilled Beef Tenderloin)
  30. PHILIPPINES, Manila (MNL): Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 3) – PAGSS Lounge (10.169 Mini Sliders)
  31. LEBANON, Beirut (BEY): Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport, LAT (Lebanese Air Transport) Lounge (9.336 Sea Bass en Papillote)
  32. MALDIVES, Male (MLE): Velana International Airport (9.191 Grilled Beef Tenderloin)
  33. AUSTRALIA, Sydney (SYD): Sydney Airport, Qantas International Business Lounge (10.217 Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Tofu)
  34. PHILIPPINES, Manila (MNL): Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 3) – Sky View Lounge (10.295 Tofu & Mushroom Spring Roll with Hoi Sin Sauce)
  35. NEW ZEALAND, Wellington (CHC): Christchurch International Airport, Air New Zealand Business Class Lounge (10.293 Skinless Chicken Skewers Served with Barley and Porcini Salad, Light Sage Jus)
  36. PHILIPPINES, Manila (MNL): Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 1) – PAGSS Lounge (2.036 Sautéed Seafood Delights in Mandarin-Style XO Sauce) (9.330 Parrot Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce)
  37. USA, New York (JFK): John F Kennedy International Airport – Korean Air Lounge (7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet)
  38. TUNISIA, Tunis (TUN): Tunis-Carthage Airport – Espace Privilege Lounge (10.174 Chicken Kabsa)
  39. SWITZERLAND, Geneva (GVA): Geneva International Airport (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs); (8.051 Fresh Herbed Grilled Baby Chicken)
  40. PHILIPPINES, Manila (MNL): Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 1) – Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge (10.318 Thai Omelette Stuffed with Minced Pork and Vegetable)
  41. PHILIPPINES, Manila (MNL): Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 1) – MIASCOR Lounge (4.272 Chicken Curry…); (6.305 Chicken Congee)
  42. KOREA, Incheon (ICN): Asiana Business Lounge (2.033 Roast Duck Noodle Soup)
  43. FIJI, Nadi (NAD): Nadi International Airport (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)
  44. USA, Los Angeles (LAX): Los Angeles International Airport – Korean Air Lounge (9.361 Beef Bulgogi)
  45. MONGOLIA, Ulaanbataar (ULN): Chinggis Khaan International Airport (10.061 Stock Soup of Bone and Stew Meat)

AIRPORT CODES

  • AMM = Amman (Jordan)
  • AMS = Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • AUH = Abu Dhabi (UAE)
  • AUK = Auckland (New Zealand)
  • BEY = Beirut (Lebanon)
  • BKK = Bangkok (Thailand)
  • BNE = Brisbane (Australia)
  • CHC = Christchurch (New Zealand)
  • CMB = Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • DEL = New Delhi (India)
  • DOH = Doha (Qatar)
  • DME (Domodedovo) = Moscow (Russia)
  • DXB = Dubai (UAE)
  • GVA = Geneva (Switzerland)
  • HKG = Hong Kong (China)
  • ICN = Incheon (Korea)
  • IST = Istanbul (Turkey)
  • JFK (John F Kennedy) = New York (USA)
  • LAX = Los Angeles (USA)
  • MEL = Melbourne (Australia)
  • MLE = Male (Maldives)
  • MNL = Manila (Philippines)
  • MUC = Munich (Germany)
  • NAD = Nadi (Fiji)
  • SIN = Singapore
  • SYD = Sydney (Australia)
  • TUN = Tunis (Tunisia)
  • ULN = Ulaanbataar (Mongolia)
  • WLG = Wellington (New Zealand)

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