Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Airport Food and Nutrition Review

Plate of the day BBQ port Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
Rating: 7/10

Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Airport Food and Nutrition Review

Well I didn’t think I would ever visit the Qantas Lounge Hong Kong again since Qantas announced it was closing permanently during Covid. But after a surprising backflip, Qantas reopened the lounge in May 2023. So when I was flying through Hong Kong in June I dragged myself out of the cabanas in The Wing, First to see what the newly opened Qantas Lounge Hong Kong was like. And was it worth it? Let’s look at the food and see.

There were a range of food offerings from a buffet, a small Plate of the Day menu, and also a roaming yum cha cart.

Qantas Lounge Hong Kong plate of the day menu
Plate of the Day menu in June 2023
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Buffet menu June 2023
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Buffet menu June 2023

What’s healthy?

  • There were five varieties of salads available on the buffet in the Qantas Lounge Hong Kong which I was so excited to see. There was a mixed leaf salad and then four salads with a lot of colour – amazing!
    • Coleslaw
    • Potato and chorizo
    • Pearl cous cous with zucchini, eggplant and capsicum
    • Roasted pumpkin and lentils
  • Fresh fruit was also available with a fruit bowl on the buffet.
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Coleslaw salad and Potato and Chorizo salad
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Pearl cous cous salad
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Roasted pumpkin and lentil salad
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Fresh fruit
  • There were jars of snacks around the lounge including on the bar. It was great to see some healthier snack varieties in these jars such as mixed nuts and popcorn. There were some biscuits available too but I didn’t try these as I wasn’t hungry.
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Popcorn, mixed nuts and biscuits.

Not so great. Caution.

  • The BBQ pork from the Plate of the Day menu was served mainly with white rice. The menu did say it came with a smashed cucumber salad, but as you can see this was quite small. A range of sauces were also served with the dish so you could flavour it to you liking. However, the main components to the dish where rice and pork. So ensure you boost the nutrient content by visiting the buffet and having a side plate of colourful salads.
Grilled pork Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
Plate of the Day – Grilled pork.
  • Fried noodles of any kind aren’t very healthy as they can soak up the oil they are cooked in and so can be quite high in calories. This Singapore Noodles dish is mainly noodles without many vegetables or protein sources. So instead of having a full plate of these noodles, fill 1/4 of your plate of bowl with noodles, then choose from the range of salads on offer.
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Singapore noodles
  • I didn’t quite catch exactly what the staff manning the Yum Cha cart said this dish was but I think it was a type of beef dim sim. The Yum Cha cart was a nice touch in the lounge but be careful of snacking on these when you aren’t hungry, or being tempted to have another serve after having already had a meal from the buffet or plate of the day.
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From the yum cha cart
  • It wouldn’t be a Qantas First Lounge without salt n pepper squid on the menu. Some people say did you even visit a Qantas First Lounge if you didn’t have the squid. While the Qantas Lounge Hong Kong is not a true First Lounge, it is a mixed lounge catering for both Business/First (Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald) passengers, so the famous dish was available. A staff member was roaming the lounge offering passengers small bowls of squid so I thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately it wasn’t as good as what I have had in the Aussie First lounges – the batter was different and not as nice.
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The famous Salt ‘n’ pepper squid in the Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
  • A selection of desserts were available from the buffet and there was a cheese plate available through the plate of the day menu.
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Desserts

Final Comments on Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Airport

Not much has changed in this lounge from what I remember when I visited in 2019 – looks and feels very similar. When I visited pre-covid I had spent most of my time in The Wing, First and The Pier, First which meant I didn’t eat in the Qantas Lounge so I don’t remember if there was a Plate of the Day menu or whether it was just a buffet. I do remember the buffet back then having a good variety of dishes and so it is great to see this is still the case. I love there are multiple salads and vegetable dishes – helps to add a nutritious boost to a meal or snack. The Plate of the Day meal I chose, BBQ Pork, didn’t come with many vegetables – this is a good example of where having a side salad from the buffet can really improve the nutrient value of the meal.

Overall a solid lounge offering from Qantas Lounge Hong Kong with some delicious foods on offer. However being Cathay Pacific’s hub there are a number of really nice Cathay lounges available. As a Oneworld Emerald I think I would still be drawn to The Wing First or The Pier First as my preferred lounges, but I have to say the Qantas salads do tempt me to visit.

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NOTE: All pictures of the Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Airport food 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:
7/10
Name:
Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
Airline:
Qantas
Airline Alliance:
Oneworld
Location:
Hong Kong Airport
Class:
Business and First
Time of Visit/Date:
6pm 3 June 2023
Lounge Food Serving Style (Self-serve / Al la Carte):
Buffet and a la carte menu
Style/Theme of Food:
Western and Asian flavours
Allergy and Intolerance information available:

The menus had GF symbols. The menu says GF = Gluten Friendly

The menu also states that “Qantas is aware of the challenges of food allergy sufferers. However we are unable to guarantee an allergen free environment in out lounges. Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, wheat, fish, shellfish and other potential allergens may be present in the food and beverages offered in this lounge. Please ask our staff if you require further information.”

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

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