8.052 Köfte + Piliç

8.052

26 (Sun) February 2017

Köfte + Piliç

3.0

at Istanbul Ataturk Airport – Turkish Airlines Lounge

-Istanbul-

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Mission to HQ, Day 7 (see previously 8.051 Fresh Herbed Grilled Baby Chicken).

On my way back home.  Was in Geneva to attend a Scoping Meeting on the Ethics of Vector-Borne Diseases – Thu to Fri.

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The nicest business class lounge that I’ve had the privilege to enjoy.
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And not only the decor, but also the bounty and variety of fresh, healthy, delicious food.

Right here is where I would insert a photo of the self-service bar – one of many scattered throughout the lounge.  Surprising that I didn’t take such a photo.  Rest assured, it’s quite satisfactory.

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With just this, I could do without any meat – at least for a single meal.
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On the in-bound leg of this journey, I made a quip about the in-flight server dressed in chef’s whites: “… a bit over-the-top – we know that she’s not actually cooking the food in a kitchen somewhere in the back of the plane.” Here, he’s actually cooking the food right there in the middle of the business lounge.

In light of the above, I’m launching a new series to rank business class lounges, including those that I’ve already experienced.

BEST IN LOUNGE – an on-going ranking of dining experiences in business lounges:

  1. Istanbul Ataturk Airport – Turkish Airlines Lounge (8.052 Köfte + Piliç)
  2. Singapore Changi Airport – Singapore Airlines Lounge (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta)
  3. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – KLM Crown Lounge (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  4. Abhu Dhabi International Airport – Etihad Airways Lounge (6.154 Shakshouka)
  5. Brisbane Airport – Singapore Airlines Lounge (6.242 Scallops)
  6. Queen Alia International Airport – Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge (6.159 Memories of Hummus)
  7. Suvarnabhumi Airport – Royal Silk Lounge  (7.306 Fried Black Cod …)
  8. Flughafen München – Lufthansa Lounge (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  9. Moscow Domodedovo Airport (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns)
  10. Indira Gandhi International Airport (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  11. Incheon International Airport – Asiana Business Class Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (5.363 Past + Sandwich for the Elite)
  12. Incheon International Airport – Korean Air Prestige Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (6.090 Shin Ramyeon BLACK)
  13. Incheon International Airport – Star Alliance Lounge (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…)
  14. John F Kennedy International Airport – Korean Air Lounge (7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet)
  15. Geneva International Airport
  16. Hong Kong International Airport (5.182 Har Gao)
  17. Ninoy Aquino International Airport – MIASCOR Lounge (6.305 Chicken Congee)
  18. Nadi International Airport (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)
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Yet another meal, en route to Manila …
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Grilled Lamb Chops with polenta, zucchini wrap with ratatouille, roasted red pepper (1.5)

BEST IN CLASS – an on-going ranking of dining experiences on business class flights:

  1. Qatar Airlines — MNL > DOH > DME (5.279 Assorted Hot Mezzah); DME > DOH > MNL ( (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns)
  2. Singapore Airlines — MNL > SIN > BNE (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta); BNE > SIN > MNL (6.243 Ggongchi Kimchi Jjigae)
  3. Turkish Airlines — MNL > IST (8.046 Grilled Seafood Selections); GVA > IST (8.051 Fresh Herb Baby Chicken); IST > MNL (8.052
  4. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines — GVA > AMS > ICN (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  5. Asiana Airlines — MNL > ICN (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…); ICN > MNL (6.048 Ssambap); MNL > ICN (6.305 Chicken Congee); ICN > MNL (6.321 Ssambap)
  6. Korean Air — ICN > NAD (5.175 Prestigious Repast); MNL > ICN (6.021 Bibimbap); MNL > ICN > NAD (6.101 Coconut Carrot Cream Soup); NAD > ICN > MNL (6.111 Asparagus Cream Soup); ICN > NAD (6.314 Bibimbap); NAD > ICN (6.319 Seared Seafood…); MNL > ICN > JFK (7.032 Manhattan); JFK > ICN (7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet); ICN > MNL (7.041 Gom Tang)
  7. Etihad Airways — MNL > AUH > AMM (6.154 Shakshouka); AMM > AUH > MNL (6.160 Zaalou-Crusted Chicken Breast)
  8. Thai Airways — MNL > BKK > DEL (7.306 Fried Black Cod …); DEL > BKK > MNL (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  9. Philippine Airlines — MNL > MEL (5.335 Chicken Tausi)
  10. Deutsche Lufthansa — ICN > MUC > GVA (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  11. Cathay Pacific Airways — HKG > MNL (5.182 Har Gao)
  12. Fiji Airways — NAD > HKG (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)

AMM = Amman / AMS = Amsterdam / AUH = Abu Dhabi / BKK = Bangkok / BNE = Brisbane / DEL = New Delhi / DOH = Doha / DME (Domodedovo) = Moscow / GVA = Geneva / HKG = Hong Kong / ICN = Incheon / IST = Istanbul / JFK (John F Kennedy) = New York / MEL = Melbourne / MUC = Munich / NAD = Nadi / SIN = Singapore

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