Hot chocolate at Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney, Australia

I travel a lot, maybe too much, but one of the benefits of travelling so much is access to lounges. There are some nice lounges around the world but my favourite by far is the first class lounge for Qantas in Sydney Australia. Strangely enough this is probably also one of my favourite restaurants in the world! The lounge has a full service restaurant that is free of charge once you enter and has a whole range of delicious food with a view of downtown Sydney and the airport.

While waiting for my flight from Sydney to Dallas, I made the most of the opportunity to visit the restaurant in the lounge.  I started off with salt and pepper squid with green chilli sauce and then follow that up with Barramundi with capers, lemon and anchovy butter, butter baby leeks and speck both perfect. While waiting for my desert, there was plenty to watch outside.  A massive A380 waits in line on the runway to take off as a tiny 6 person private plane lands just in front of it. I watch a 777 for Air Canada arrive and park near by.  A catering truck makes its way to a Qantas 747 which turns out to be my plane home. My dessert then arrives, a gorgeous fruit platter followed by, of course, a Vittoria Hot Chocolate.

The hot chocolate was nice. It was hot and creamy. It was quite a light hot chocolate but after such a meal it was a perfect finish. It is presented in a small glass that at first is too hot to handle which is unfortunate because by the time I can pick it up the hot chocolate has already cooled down quite a bit. The chocolate is a little bit sweet for my liking but because it is presented in quite a small glass it makes a very nice dessert.

 

Verdict: If you have the opportunity to go into the lounge, arrive early so you can enjoy the meal and follow that up with a hot chocolate. Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney International Airport, Australia (free of charge with entrance to lounge)

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Hot chocolate on Qantas Flight, somewhere over the Pacific, Australia

The flight from Dallas to Brisbane is one of the longest flight in the world and by far the single longest flight I have ever taken. Today the flight took a little over 16 hours which is a very, very long time to be sitting in a plane, especially in Economy! Luckily the seat next to me was empty so I had a little bit more space to breathe.

Airlines always come by with coffee and tea after every meal, but the reason I love Qantas is because after the traditional coffee and tea cart they have a special cart that makes its way through the aisles. This one has a choice of either peppermint tea or Cadbury’s Hot chocolate with fresh marshmallows added if you like. I have never been a fan of Cadbury’s Hot chocolate, as I find it too sweet for my liking. But maybe because of how altitudes change our taste buds, Cadbury’s turns out to be the perfect hot chocolate to serve 3 hours and then again 10 hours into a long haul flight. The flavour is just right, rich and creamy but still very light.

If only all airlines would offer hot chocolates during flights of all lengths the world would be just that little bit better …… Now I just need to work on Qantas to start offering some of Australia’s own fantastic hot chocolate brands on flights. I recommend Koko Black? Fingers crossed…

Verdict: I like Qantas as an airline. Good service, great accents and of course once you offer me a hot chocolate, and a good one on a flight I am your fan for life.  Qantas Flight, Dallas to Brisbane