Modern Australian

Automata – Chippendale

“Automata serves a five course set menu which changes regularly. The menu utilises the best ingredients possible at that particular time with minimal fuss. ”

I like the styling of the restaurant space industrial look, concrete floors,  large open kitchen.  Automata were awarded a solid two hats in the 2018 Good Food Guide however it’s still very reasonably priced with a  5-course set menu costing $88 with an optional cheese course $12. 

The food was good, creative dishes well presented but some of them lacked that wow factor and I could have done with another course to leave feeling totally full. Considering the price this place its worth a try but I don’t think I will dine here again anytime soon. Not because it is bad just so many other places to try…

Starter snacks

House-made bread & butter

Bug tail

Scallop, fennel, squid ink noodle, vinegar

Roasted celeriac, ginger & pickled celery, wild tyme

Brack Angus tri-tip, garlic chive, dill pickle & mustard oil

Roasted grain parfait, bergamot curd, black sesame, dried plum

Automata Restaurant -5 Kensington St, Chippendale

www.automata.com.au

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Airline

Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport

I like the concept of arrivals lounges, it’s nice to have a place to freshen up before leaving the airport. Cathay Pacific provides this with their Arrivals Lounge at Hong Kong Airport.

The lounge is outside the main airport its actually under the Airport Express station. You can get access to the lounge if you have flown Cathay Pacific or Dragonair in business / first class, or have Oneworld Emerald status.

The lounge itself is really quite small its essentially one room divided up with showers on one side and the lounge part with separated dining area and there is no natural light inside therefore a bit dark. Most people myself included just have a shower and grab a quick bite to eat then leave.  The food/beverages on hand are limited just some salads, fruit, pastries along with the Asian selection comprising of wontons & rice. Its nothing like you would find in Cathays other lounges inside the airport. There are only a few places to sit either on some lounge chairs or on a long bench with stools that’s about it.

The food/beverages on hand are limited just some salads, fruit, pastries along with the Asian selection comprising of wontons & rice. Its nothing like you would find in Cathays other lounges inside the airport. There are only a few places to sit either on some lounge chairs or on a long bench with stools that’s about it. The shower rooms have plenty of space and are fitted out very nicely.

To sum up a nice all be it a small lounge, good place to have a shower after a long flight.  Not a place you would hang around for a long time.

 

Lounge Entrance

Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport – Shower Rooms

Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport – Small lounge area

Food selection

Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport – Coffee machine

Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport

 

Airline, Travel

Cathay Pacific , Business Class – Sydney To Hong Kong

Just a quick post on my flight to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific.

Cathay does not have a lounge at Sydney airport, however, guests are directed to the Qantas Busines Lounge, the lounge is OK at best and not up to the standard of what Qantas has in its lounges overseas. I arrived with not much time so only spent a small amount of time in the lounge before boarding.

This flight is operated by an Airbus A330 that has a reverse herringbone seating with every seat having direct aisle access. The seat is very comfortable both when upright and when made into a fully flat bed. A proper pillow and blanket are provided when you want to sleep. If you are taller the narrow bit where your feet go is a bit tight but nothing that would affect your sleep or comfort.

Food is served from carts and at set times rather than dine on demand. The quality of the food is good while not amazing it’s still satisfying; accompanied with a selection of wines and assorted beverages.

After landing I headed off to the Cathay Pacific Arrivals Longe before jumping to the train to town.

The service on this and my return flight was excellent, the crew all seem happy and service the service is efficient. Combined with a comfy seat made for a great flight experience.

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Seat

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Beside the seat is a small compartment that the headphones are stored in

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Controlls for the seat , remote , powerpoint & small reading light

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Seat converted into bed

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Amenity kit containing toothbrush, toothpaste , mouthwash , socks , eye cover and selection of Jurlique creams

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Breakfast is served not long after take off

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Menu

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Pre-lunch snack

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Cheese & crackers with fruit

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Dessert & coffee

 

Cathay Pacific has four flights a day from Sydney to Hong Kong

https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_AU.html