Airline, Lounge

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge – Los Angeles Airport LAX

 

Before getting on my Virgin Australia flight to Sydney I headed to the Star Alliance lounge wich Virgin Business class passengers have access to. The lounge is located on level 6 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal .The lounge itself is really big spread out of different areas there is even and outdoor roof terrace with a view over the tarmac which is really cool. Throughout the lounge there are LA quotes on them like “there was more good acting at Hollywood parties then ever appeared on screen – Bette Davis” a fun addition to the space.   Everywhere you sit down there is power point not too far away which is always good.

The buffet is a Western Asian mix I was there at night so it was all dinner type options , the food was OK good for a pre-flight snack if I wanted a full meal I would be a bit disappointed. There is also bar with a large selection of wines and other drinks both alcoholic and not.

Overall a really nice Lounge , I especially liked the outdoor roof terrace its great to get some fresh air before a long flight.

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Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX – Entrance

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Seating

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Dining area

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Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX  – Teriyaki Chicken

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Rice and vegies

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Fruit and desserts

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Noodles and soup

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Wine selection

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Seating area

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Indoor balcony looking over the rest of the terminal

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LA quotes

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Tv Room

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Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX  – Outdoor roof terrace

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Fire bar

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View from the roof terrace

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Entrance to the showers

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Shower room

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Small food and drinks buffet

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More lounge seating

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal

www.staralliance.com/LAX

Modern Australian

Bennelong – Sydney Opera House

 

Bennelong has a  3-course al carte menu with sides of potatoes and salad for $130 or  $100 for 2 courses (lunch only). Considering the surrounds and the quality of the food, it is quite reasonable.

The space that the restaurant occupies is amazing ,with views of the city and harbour. The high ceilings that form the shape of the sail make it feel very grand and the restaurant seems much larger than it is.  As far as restaurant locations go, it doesn’t get any better than this.

In spite of the great views and service, I wasn’t blown away by the meal I had. Every dish was good but not amazing and the presentation at times needed some wow factor. The desserts , however were spectacular, Peter Gilmore’s eight textured chocolate cake (called chocolate cake from across the water on the menu) is something everyone should try at least once. The waiter adds the 8th texture by spooning hot chocolate sauce on top melting its way through the cake. Probably the best chocolate cake you will ever have. The crème caramel vs mille-feuille even after the high bar set by the chocolate cake is an  impressive dessert too.

All that said I would still come back as I would like to try a few other dishes from the menu and the location makes it a perfect place to bring out of town visitors to.

 

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Bread with house made butter

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Prawn raviolo organic radishes, fermented chili & prawn jus

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Fraser Island spanner crab white corn polenta, palm heart, fresh corn juice, crème fraîche

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Macleay Valley suckling pig confit organic carrots, pickled onions, black & white garlic

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Roasted Holmbrae duck sesame miso, snow peas, pickled daikon, seaweed, black vinegar, mirin, soy

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Salad

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Potatoes 

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Chocolate cake from across the water 

 

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Crème caramel vs mille-feuille

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Coffee with petit fors $7

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Sydney Opera House

www.bennelong.com.au

Bennelong Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Modern Australian

Berowra Waters Inn

 

Berowra Waters Inn is only accessible by boat or seaplane. When you make a reservation you are given a choice of two different wharfs where a boat will meet you and take you on a five or so minute trip out to the restaurant.  Its not that far from the wharf but it really does feel like you are miles from anywhere. The place its self is an old style stone building that has been modernised with floor to ceiling glass, every table in the place has a great view.

The menu does not describe the dishes it only states a few of the ingredients and that’s it , this leaves it all up to the imagination of what the dish will be. The presentation of all the dishes was amazing like little works of art on a plate. Each dish really did taste as good as it looked.

Dining at Berowra Waters Inn is a great experience, I highly recommend it.

 

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Bread

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Amuse-bouche

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Parfait, Liquorice , Beetroot

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Prawn, Jerusalem Artichoke 

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Chicken , Parmesan , Onion

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Lamb , Red Pepper, Aubergine

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Petit Four – 

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Silton , Celery , Walnut 

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Lemon , Berry , Basil

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Arrival of the seaplane

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Berowra Waters Inn – Via East and West Public Wharves Berowra Waters , NSW Australia

www.berowrawatersinn.com

Berowra Waters Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato