10.230 Seared Humpty Doo Barramundi

10.230

23 (Fri) August 2019

Seared Humpty Doo Barramundi

(with tamarind sauce, kailan, jasmine rice)

2.25

on board Qantas Airways – QF 117 

-Sydney en route to Hong Kong-

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Mission to Fiji, Day 14.

In transit.  On my way home after wrapping the Fifth Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health, which was held in Nadi from August 20 to 22 (yesterday).  Having spent 40 days in/to/from Fiji over the past year across 5 missions to prepare for the meeting (see most recently 10.192 Rourou Moci), then another 3 days to execute the meeting itself, I need just 1.5 more days of travel to get home and be done with it.

Fiji Airways Premier Lounge

For the first time since Fiji Airways opened its new business class lounge, I had an opportunity to experience its service in the evening.  Prior occasions were always early in the morning, with breakfast fare only.

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Couscous Salad (3.0) + Mixed Cabbage, Carrot and Sesame Slaw (3.0) + Valley Fresh Ota, Corn and Tomato Salad (3.0) + Hummus (2.5) + Babaganoush (2.5) + Caesar Salad (3.0)
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Eggplant Moussaka (2.5)
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Orange and Thyme Chicken (3.25)
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Creamy Mash Potatoes (3.25)

The food was very good.  Not an extravagant spread but a few solid main dishes and a range of respectable salads – more than enough goodies to justify additional helpings.

With that, the lounge settles in at the #16 spot.

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As always, I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel, especially via business class, including lounge access.  Any comments here, even the negative ones, are simply relative to other business class experiences, not complaints per se.

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

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

QF 244 (Nadi to Sydney)

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When I saw this, it looked so wonderfully comfortable – even though I’d been staying in a luxury resort for the past week – that I nearly broke down into tears of gratitude.
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Smoked Salmon with Cole Slaw and Aioli Dressing (1.5) aioli = warmish mayonnaise; sloppy presentation made it seem even worse.
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Barramundi with Roast Potatoes (1.5): wondering if a sauce was left out, because everything on the plate was unbearably dry and bland.

QF 117 (Sydney to Hong Kong)

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Yeehaw!

Due to the late departure from Nadi, we arrived in Sydney within minutes of catching the connecting flight to Hong Kong, met upon arrival and shuttled gate to gate, thus no time to check out the Qantas lounge at night (see for comparison Day 1, supra).

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Flexible mix-and-match options.

So exhausted, so full, so apathetic by this point, I was still eager to partake of the offerings on the flight, if only to generate content for GMTD.

I couldn’t resist ordering a dish with “Humpty Doo” in the title.  Humpty Doo is a town in Australia – famous for its unusual name – though unknown what relation it has to the dish.

Both the mains that I ordered – appreciating that I was allowed 2 meals – were classically Australian in their Asian-fusionistic sense, creative, well constructed, and comprised of quality ingredients, but generally kinda blah.

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This sourdough was the best bread that I’ve ever experienced in flight.
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Braised Beef (2.5): with black bean and chili sauce, roast pumpkin, pak choy, and steamed rice.

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

  1. Singapore Airlines: MNL > SIN > BNE (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta); BNE > SIN > MNL (6.243 Ggongchi Kimchi Jjigae)
  2. Turkish Airlines: MNL > IST (8.046 Grilled Seafood Selections); GVA > IST (8.051 Fresh Herb Baby Chicken); IST > MNL (8.052 Köfte + Piliç); MNL > IST > GVA (9.050 Grilled Seafood Selection); GVA > IST (9.055 Grilled Lamb Chop); ICT > MNL (9.056 Pide); MNL > IST (9.330 Parrot Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce); BEY > IST > MNL (9.336 Sea Bass en Papilotte)
  3. Qatar Airlines: MNL > DOH > DME (5.279 Assorted Hot Mezzah); DME > DOH > MNL (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns); MNL > DOH > TUN (10.168 Mini Sliders); TUN > DOH > MNL (10.174 Chicken Kabsa)
  4. Qantas Airways: MNL > SYD > NAD (10.217 Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Tofu); NAD > SYD > HKG (10.223 Seared Humpty Doo Barramundi)
  5. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: GVA > AMS > ICN (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  6. Asiana Airlines: MNL > ICN (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…); MNL > ICN (4.272 Chicken Curry with Raisin Biryani); ICN > MNL (6.048 Ssambap); MNL > ICN (6.305 Chicken Congee); ICN > MNL (6.321 Ssambap); ICN > MNL (8.261 Ssambap)
  7. Etihad Airways: MNL > AUH > AMM (6.154 Shakshouka); AMM > AUH > MNL (6.160 Zaalou-Crusted Chicken Breast); AUH > AMM (9.261 Prawns Machboos); AMM > AUH (9.267 Dukkah-Spiced Salmon); AUH > MNL (9.268 Malabar Grouper)
  8. 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); MNL > ICN (9.012 Chicken in Tomato Sauce with Pasta); MLE > CMB > ICN (9.191 Grilled Beef Tenderloin); ICN > MNL (9.193 Roasted Halibut with Dill Cream Sauce); MNL > ICN > NAD (9.284 Feta Cheese with Sliced Fig and Parma Ham); NAD > ICN > MNL (9.287 Spicy Squid & Bean Sprout Stir-Fry with Rice); ICN > LAX (9.349 Pea Sprouts with Garlic); LAX > ICN (9.361 Beef Bulgogi); ICN > MNL (9.362 Bibimbap); ULN > ICN (10.061 Stock Soup of Bone and Stew Meat); MNL > ICN > NAD (10.110 Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary Sauce); ICN > NAD (10.185 Mixed Seafood with Beet Emulsion); ICN > MNL (10.196 Bibimbap)
  9. Thai Airways: MNL > BKK > DEL (7.306 Fried Black Cod …); DEL > BKK > MNL (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  10. Cathay Pacific Airways: HKG > MNL (5.182 Har Gao); HKG > MNL (10.049 Termite Mushroom Steamed Halibut)
  11. Deutsche Lufthansa: ICN > MUC > GVA (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  12. Fiji Airways: NAD > HKG (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb); HKG > NAD (10.042 Grilled Peri Peri Chicken Thigh); NAD > HKG (10.049 Termite Mushroom Steamed Halibut); NAD > AUK (10.118 Awhi Farms Savannah Grass-Fed Beef Bone-In Sirloin)
  13. Philippine Airlines: MNL > MEL (5.335 Chicken Tausi); AUK > MNL (10.118 Awhi Farms Savannah Grass-Fed Beef Bone-In Sirloin)

AMM = Amman // AMS = Amsterdam // AUH = Abu Dhabi // AUK = Auckland // BEY = Beirut // BKK = Bangkok // BNE = Brisbane // CMB = Colombo // DEL = New Delhi // DOH = Doha // DME (Domodedovo) = Moscow // GVA = Geneva // HKG = Hong Kong // ICN = Incheon // IST = Istanbul // JFK (John F Kennedy) = New York // LAX = Los Angeles // MEL = Melbourne // MLE = Male // MNL = Manila // MUC = Munich // NAD = Nadi // SIN = Singapore // SYD = Sydney // TUN = Tunis // ULN = Ulaanbataar

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