Qantas Business Lounge Melbourne Domestic (Covid period 2021) – Breakfast

Qantas Business Lounge Melbourne domestic
Review Rating:
5/10

Qantas Business Lounge Melbourne Domestic (Covid period 2021) – Breakfast

Airline Lounge Nutrition Review – Initial Impressions

Ok, so living in Melbourne I visit the Qantas Business Lounge Melbourne domestic a lot (well it used to be a lot before Covid and I am just starting to get back to flying more regularly). And so I have been able to visit the lounge a number of times to split up the review into breakfast and then lunch/dinner reviews. In fact you will have noticed me do that in my pre-covid reviews – I have developed different assessment criteria for different times of the day to try and capture the different contexts food gets eaten in to get a good idea of the nutrients.

But back to the Qantas Business Lounge Melbourne domestic – what was breakfast like? Well it was ok. There were some healthy and nutritious choices from the cold menu, however the hot menu options were not great (both from a nutrition and food quality perspective).

So lets go explore the food choices further.

What’s Healthy

  • Natural yogurt pots – I just love they have plain, natural yogurt on offer. A good source of protein, calcium and slowly digested carbohydrates, this is a good option for breakfast to help keep you feeling full. Just watch out for the fruit coulis on top – which is usually pureed fruit mixed with sugar.
  • Great choice in offering Bircher Muesli. Bircher muesli contains oats, nuts and seeds, fruit and yogurt – and this certainly packs a nutritious punch!
Chia pots in Qantas Business Class Lounge Melbourne
Chia pots, Bircher muesli pots and natural yogurt pots

Qantas Business Lounge Melbourne Domestic (Covid period 2021) - Breakfast - qantas business lounge melbourne domestic
Fresh fruit
  • Whole pieces of fruit – need I say more? Vitamins, antioxidants and other phytonutrients in here. Always good to consider for a snack – remember just because you are in the lounge and they are serving breakfast doesn’t mean you have to eat breakfast. If you have already had breakfast before leaving home, then a piece of fruit is perhaps all you need.
Breakfast in Qantas Business Class Lounge in Melbourne
Chia pot and fruit salad
  • Hello chia pots! Oh I love Qantas is offering these as they can make for a nice change from yogurt or muesli. Chia seeds are a source of soluble fibre and omega-3 fats, both of which are important nutrients for health. For many of us we could really use a boost of these 2 nutrients in our daily diets and so grabbing one of these pots for breakfast is a great choice.

Not so great (caution)

  • While the DIY pancake machines are not available currently in the lounge, pancakes were on offer at the Hot Snacking station and they looked just like the ones that come out of the machines. Now pancakes are ok to have occasionally for breakfast, but I do not recommend having them often (especially with maple syrup). Basically they are like eating a piece of white bread with honey – not very nutritious.
Pancakes Melbourne Business Class Lounge
Pancakes with maple syrup
  • Be careful of hot dishes with processed meats – think sausages, ham and bacon. I would not have these more than 1-2 times per month for breakfast, and so if you are a frequent visitor of the lounge I would ask for the eggs without these.
Breakfast Melbourne Business Class Lounge
Chicken sausages with scrambled eggs and toast
Breakfast Melbourne Business Class Lounge
Bacon and eggs with toast
Melbourne Business Class Lounge
Ham and cheese toastie
  • Pastries – deceptively high in energy, these little bundles of calories (kilojoules) can really add up and push you over your recommended daily intake of energy. It can be tempting to have something sweet after a meal, or even for a snack, however these types of foods are not great choices. For example a blueberry muffin from Muffin Break (similar to muffins you can buy in many different cafes and similar to the one in the picture) has ~2000kj and 6 teaspoon of sugar. This is enough energy for a meal, and over 3 times the energy we suggest for a snack. Considering their high energy content, and low nutrient density I would not choose these as an option for breakfast or for a snack. And think as well – if you are travelling in the mid-morning in economy, chances are you will be offered a cake or sweet biscuit as your snack on the plane.
Qantas Business Class lounge Melbourne
Pastries

Last word from travel nutrition review of Qantas Business Lounge Melbourne Domestic for breakfast!

I struggled to enjoy breakfast in this lounge. Again I say I know times were challenging when I reviewed the lounge due to Covid, however I still think some small improvements could be made to make the choices healthier and tastier. I do think their cold selection of foods for breakfast are pretty good. But for myself, I need a really solid breakfast to start my day and to stop myself getting hungry and snacking throughout the morning. And I find these cold options a little light on for this. The hot meal choices were not great – even though eggs are always a good staple for me for breakfast, I had a sneaky suspicion the scrambled eggs were powdered (so much water and the colour wasn’t quite right I didn’t think).

I look forward to the next phase of this lounge as more and more people start flying domestically. And if you would like to see what I thought of the lounge pre-covid have a look at my previous review.

Here are the two menus I reviewed:

Qantas Melbourne Business Class Lounge (Domestic) menu
Hot menu items for breakfast in the Qantas Melbourne Business Class Lounge (Domestic)
Qantas Business Class Lounge Melbourne
Cold menu items for breakfast in the Qantas Melbourne Business Class Lounge (Domestic)
Breakfast Qantas Business Class Lounge Melbourne
Hot menu for breakfast in the Qantas Business Class Lounge Melbourne (Domestic)

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NOTE: All pictures are my own and I review a lounge from just the foods I see during my visit. There may be different options available at other times. 

Airport Reviews

Airline Lounge Nutrition Review Rating:
5/10
Name:
Qantas Business Class Lounge Melbourne Domestic (Covid period 2021)
Airline:
Qantas
Location:
Melbourne Domestic Terminal T1
Class:
Business Class
Time of Visit/Date:
8.30am on 28/12/21 and 7am on 6/1/21
Lounge Food Serving Style (Self-serve / Al la Carte):
Individual plates, served at the counter
Style/Theme of Food:
N/A
Allergy and Intolerance information available:

On their menus, Qantas mentions while they a re aware of allergies they cannot guarantee an allergen free environment and that allergens may be present in the meals. Qantas encourages people who require further information to ask staff.

There is a label option on the menu: GF = Gluten Friendly – which does not have a further definition on the menu.

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

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