Fiji Airways Premier Lounge, Nadi Food and Nutrition Review

Salad bar Fijji Airways Premier Lounge
Rating: 5/10

Fiji Airways Premier Lounge, Nadi Food and Nutrition Review

I have been wanting to try Fiji Airways since they got their new A350s in 2019, however Covid then got in the way. So was delighted to fly them in business class from Sydney to Nadi, Fiji for a holiday to escape the cold Melbourne winter, flying over on their A350-900 and back on their A330-300. And on my way back I checked out the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge in Nadi. With Nadi airport being Fiji’s main international airport, this lounge would be considered their flagship lounge.

I visited the lounge during the breakfast period where there was a buffet serving typical western hot and cold dishes. While the selection of dishes wasn’t huge, the ones available were fairly good quality. I had a light and enjoyable breakfast before my flight. I wanted to try the hot food so I could report back on the quality and taste. It was good the plates and bowls were small so I could easily serve myself a small portion of breakfast (I wish I had my hand in the photo below for reference of size). But for an example of size, this slice of bread was about half size of a typical square slice of bread and the tomatoes were quite small.

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My breakfast in the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge

What’s Healthy

  • There was a nice fruit and vegetable selection available to eat or to juice. It was good there were vegetables (carrots, celery and cucumber) along with fruits (watermelon, pineapple and apples) on offer because while both are full of vitamins and phytonutrients, vegetables don’t contain much carbohydrate (sugars). And while the sugars found in fruits are okay to include in a healthy diet, it is important to eat more vegetables throughout the day than sugars (e.g. in Australia it is recommended to have 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit). So having these vegetables available here can help boost vegetables in your day and the best thing is carrots, cucumber or celery sticks are pretty easy to add to any meal on the side, even just to have as a snack.
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Sliced fruits in Fiji Airways Premier Lounge
  • I love that chia pots were on offer as chia seeds are a source of soluble fibre and omega 3 – both of which are important for health but can be a bit tricky for some people to get in the diet. What I also liked is that there was only a small amount of passion fruit for flavour. Sometimes too much fruit is included which can have a lot of added sugar. So just a touch here is great. The yogurt did have a lot more fruit added to it, so if I was to choose the yogurt to eat then I would have only eat half the fruit.
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Muesli, chia pots, smoothies and yogurts

Not so great (caution).

  • Plates with waffles, berry sauce and cream were made up and available on the buffet. The dollop of cream was fairly large and so will add a fair amount of energy to the dish without providing any beneficial nutrients. So view this dish as more of a dessert rather than a breakfast dish.
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Waffles with berry sauce and cream
  • Speaking of desserts, there were also muffins and scones available during breakfast time. These have the potential to be high in sugar while not providing many beneficial nutrients and so are best not eaten for breakfast.
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Scones and muffins
  • While there were different varieties of bread available, they were all quite refined, light and fluffy. I tried a small slice of the multigrain bread but there were not many grains in it and so it looked like it would not have contained much fibre.
Breads available
  • The selection of hot foods on the buffet fits a little in both the ‘healthy’ and ‘caution’ categories. For example cooked tomatoes and baked beans are pretty good breakfast choices. It is great spinach is on offer however creamed spinach can be pretty high in calories due to the added butter and cream. Similar to the creamed spinach, scrambled eggs can also have added butter/cream and so can be high in energy too. So while spinach and eggs are very nutritious, the way they have been prepared can make them less healthy. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them, but just be mindful of portion sizes. And if you visit this lounge often and these options are always available then mix it up and choose other foods as well.

Last word from travel food and nutrition review for Fiji Airways Premier Lounge

Overall not a bad lounge. I look forward to visiting the lounge again and outside of breakfast hours to see what types of foods are on offer. It will be good to see what types of Fijian influences are on the foods outside of breakfast time. The plane I was on from Sydney to Nadi then flies on to Los Angeles so it might be a way for me to fly to the US. That way I could check out more foods within the lounge and on board.

I also loved the Fijian Bean Cart that was in the lounge too.

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A Fijian bean cart in the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge
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NOTE: All pictures are my own and I review a lounge from just the foods and menu I see during my visit. There may be different options available at other times.

Airport Reviews

Airline Lounge Nutrition Review Rating:
5/10
Name:
Fiji Airways Premier Lounge
Airline:
Fiji Airways
Airline Alliance:
Oneworld Connect Partner
Location:
Nadi, Fiji
Class:
Business Class
Time of Visit/Date:
7.30am on 8 September 2022
Lounge Food Serving Style (Self-serve / Al la Carte):
Self serve
Style/Theme of Food:
Western
Allergy and Intolerance information available:

Some labels in the lounge had dietary information on them but not all. For example the labels on the hot food buffet had labels for gluten free, vegetarian and halal, but the labels on the cold food buffet didn’t include any labels.

Dietary labels on hot food buffet Fiji Airways Premier Lounge

Other than having gluten free labels on some of the foods, there was also a gluten free food stand which included slices of bread and muffins.

Is there a limit to the amount of food you can have?:
No

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