Qantas International Business Lounge, Sydney Food and Nutrition Review

Fruit salad Qantas International Business lounge Sydney
Rating: 5.5/10

Qantas International Business Lounge, Sydney Food and Nutrition Review

Qantas International Business Lounge it’s been a long time since we have met (as I am Oneworld Emerald and so am able to access the Qantas First Lounge) – but it is time to get reacquainted. So on my last international trip I visited this lounge to see what has changed since Covid, or whether it was back to pre-covid standards.

And what was it like? Well this lounge is in desperate need of a physical refresh (I think everyone knows this), but after what I saw so does the food. It was very uninspiring food and so predictable.

So let’s take a look at the Qantas International Business Lounge food.

What’s Healthy?

  • The big bowl of fruit salad was fantastic! So many colours from different types of fruits – eating a rainbow is important for health as it provides a range of bioactive compounds which help keep us healthy.
Fruit salad Qantas International Business lounge Sydney
Fruit salad, fruit and yogurt
  • I really liked how the mango coulis was served on the side of the plain yogurt. This means you can have plain yogurt without the sweet stuff included (which is what usually happens when the coulis is served in individual glasses in some of their other lounges). If you like a little sweetness you can add just a small amount, or choose to sweeten with some fruit instead.
  • I found the Bircher muesli really disappointing. It was mainly yogurt and ‘porridge like’ in consistency. There weren’t many oats, nuts or seeds.
Bircher muesli Qantas International Business lounge Sydney
Neil Perry’s Bircher Muesli and yogurt
Bircher Muesli Qantas International Business Lounge
Neil Perry’s Bircher Muesli
  • And here we have a fruit bowl containing all apples. Great to have whole fruit available but it would be good to see a range of fruits in the bowl as some people can’t eat apples due to IBS symptoms and getting bloated. Now yes there are different fruits in the fruit salad but I think this bowl would be available all day even when breakfast is over so the apples may be the only fruit available at other times of the day – so a variety would be better if this is the case.
fruit Qantas International Business lounge Sydney
Fruit bowl
  • Eggs are such a nutritious food, however scrambled eggs don’t always get a mention in the ‘healthy’ section as it depends on what/how much other ingredients are added such as cream, cheese, butter etc. These eggs didn’t seem too oily or creamy which was good.
Scrambled eggs Qantas International Business Lounge Sydney
Scrambled eggs
  • The baked beans on the buffet are also a healthy option for breakfast as they are a source of soluble fibre and plant protein. Try not to have too much of the sauce as we don’t know how much salt/sugar has been added. (Note I did not have a separate picture as they were next to the hashbrowns – see picture below).

Not so great. Caution.

  • Nothing surprising here with pastries and muffins sitting in the ‘caution’ section. Nothing very nutritious about these – they are discretionary foods to be eaten occasionally.
Pastries Qantas International Business lounge Sydney
Pastries and muffins
  • The bacon being served on the day I was there was quite fatty. The sausages were chicken I think.
Sausages and bacon Qantas International Business lounge
Hashbrowns Qantas International Business Lounge Sydney
Banana bread Qantas International Business lounge Sydney
Lollies Qantas International Business Lounge Sydney

Last word from travel food and nutrition review for Qantas International Business Lounge, Sydney

Overall I thought the food offerings in this lounge were disappointing for the Qantas international business lounge, especially since it should be its flagship business lounge. The dishes lacked imagination and just seemed like a basic hotel style breakfast buffet. There were a number of healthy and nutritious elements to the cold snacking station, however the hot buffet options weren’t very healthy.

Menu Qantas International Business lounge Sydney
Menu on 29 December 2022

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NOTE: All pictures of Qantas International Business Lounge 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:
5.5/10
Name:
Qantas International Business Lounge
Airline:
Qantas
Airline Alliance:
Oneworld
Location:
Sydney International Airport (Kingsford Smith)
Class:
Business
Time of Visit/Date:
8am 29 December 2022
Lounge Food Serving Style (Self-serve / Al la Carte):
Self-serve
Style/Theme of Food:
Modern Australian
Allergy and Intolerance information available:

There is an * on the menus which indicate ‘gluten friendly’ but there is no explanation as to whether this is low or no gluten. There is also a statement asking food allergy suffers to talk to staff to find out more information and that cross contamination may occur in the kitchens.

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

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