Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda, Tokyo Food and Nutrition Review

Sushi Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda
Rating: 6/10

Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda, Tokyo Food and Nutrition Review

And just like that, I was back transiting through Tokyo on my way to Europe. It had been a year since I last flew this route (and got stuck in Narita for 24 hours due to the Tonga volcano and covid border closures), but this time I was flying through Haneda. This gave me a chance to check out the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda and see whether it is similar to the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Narita which I reviewed last year.

From a food perspective these lounges are pretty similar – the QR codes menus were basically the same even though I had visited a year apart. This may be a hangover from covid still as the international borders of Japan only fully opened in October 2022, or they might always be quite similar.

Anyway, lets take a look at the foods served in this first class JAL lounge.

What’s healthy?

  • There is a sushi bar in the lounge making fresh sushi to order and I found it delicious. The snapper sushi was my favourite. The portions were on the small side which was great as this reduced the amount of white rice.
Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda
Fresh, handmade sushi
  • There were small bites available on individual plates from the bar area. There were three different types available when I transited through on return flights to Europe: Sichuan style chicken, sardines with olive and onion, and pastrami rolls. I really liked this amuse bouche style of snack as it helps to keep portion sizes small while allowing you to eat delicious food. The presentation was lovely.
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Sichuan style chicken
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Sardines
  • The vegetables in the vegetarian salad were crisp and brightly coloured. The salad came with olive oil on the side which was good so you could drizzle the amount that you liked. I was so excited to see the salad was a decent size as when I visited the first lounge at Narita 12 months prior, the salad dish was beautifully served on a similar big plate but was a tiny portion.
Salad Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda
Vegetarian salad
  • The beautifully presented Japanese Meal Set came with rice, miso soup, spicy seasoned cod, rolled omelet, mackerel misoni, cucumber, hijiki, roasted seaweed. The flavours in this box were delicious, and the foods quite nutritious (other than the white rice). While eating large amounts of predominantly white rice are not healthy, this box had a number of protein sources and some plant based foods. Adding a salad to the side will make a more balanced meal by increasing the amount of vegetables in the meal. Try eating only half the rice served – enough to provide some nice flavour to the other components of the meal, but without the corresponding rise in blood sugar levels associated with eating large amounts of refined, high GI carbohydrates.
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Japanese Meal Set
  • Ok I know what you are thinking – the vegetable penne is certainly not as well presented as the other meals. But despite all appearances, the penne sauce did have a decent amount of vegetables in the tomato based sauce (such as zucchini and capsicum). Similar to other dishes in the lounge, the portion size was quite modest which helps make this dish healthier (it isn’t just a large dish of pasta).
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Vegetable penne

Not so great. Caution.

  • A signature dish in the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda, the Japanese Curry had amazing flavours, however was there were only a couple of very small pieces of beef in the dish. Similar to the version I had in the Narita lounge, the dish was mainly sauce and white rice.
Japanese Curry Japan Airlines First Class lounge Haneda
Japanese Curry
  • Ok so in the photo below the almond snacks belong in the healthy section (almonds are quite nutritious), but watch out for the lollies and sweet cookies available.
Snacks Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda
Cookies and lollies

Last word from travel food and nutrition review for Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda, Tokyo

Not much has changed in a year – the first class lounge menu at Haneda in January 2023 was basically the same as the menu in the first class lounge at Narita in January 2022. The food is presented beautifully, and you can watch the sushi being made fresh by the chefs in the lounge. It is possible to make a balanced meal, but be mindful you don’t order dishes that tend to lean more heavily to refined carbohydrates such as white rice and noodles. Make sure you have protein based foods and vegetables, and remember you don’t have to eat all the white rice/noodles just because they are plated up.

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NOTE: All pictures of Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Haneda are my own and I review a lounge from 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:
6/10
Name:
JAL First Class Lounge
Airline:
Japan Airlines
Airline Alliance:
Oneworld
Location:
Haneda, Tokyo International Air Terminal, Japan
Class:
First Class/Oneworld Emerald
Time of Visit/Date:
8pm, 29 December 2022 and 3pm 21 January 2023
Lounge Food Serving Style (Self-serve / Al la Carte):
Mostly A la Carte from a QR code, with a small number of snacks available in the bar area
Style/Theme of Food:
Japanese with some western influences
Allergy and Intolerance information available:

The labels on the snacks available in the bar area had kilojoule labels and also dietary requirement symbols. Food allergens were listed on the QR code menu.

Example of allergen sign Japan Airlines First Lounge Haneda

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

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