Inside Etihad's Residence First Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi

By David Flynn, February 23 2016

Etihad Airways will open its all-new flagship first class lounge at Abu Dhabi in May – but until then, where do passengers the airline's Airbus A380 three-room The Residence supersuite cool their heels pre-flight?

Tucked away in the far corner of Etihad's Abu Dhabi T3 business class lounge...

... behind a section that's roped off for first class passengers...

... sits this discrete little nook.

The fancy frosted doors may be missing but this special area set aside for The Residence passengers still boasts highly personal service and a full a la carte menu.

Any visit to The Residence lounge, indeed any visit to any Etihad lounge, begins with delightful Arabic coffee – flavoured with rose water and cardamom – and dates.

Other sweet treats are temptingly nearby...

 ... but you'd be wise to leave room for a proper meal.

The dining table boasts the same exquisite Nikko Ceramics Silk Platinum dinnerware as used for the inflight first class meal service.

Here's the menu:

And before you ask about dessert:

I started with a fresh-baked bread basket which had zero chance of survival.

As a starter, there was no simply going past the delectable locally-farmed Yasa premium caviar.

That was followed by lobster and pumpkin ravioli – a seemingly odd but in practice superb combination...


... and a carpaccio of Australian beef fillet.

If this is what Etihad Airways can do with just one small part of its business lounge, we can't wait to see what the airline will conjure up in May when it will have an entire first class lounge as its stage.

Read more: Etihad First Class, Residences lounge at Abu Dhabi opens in May

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David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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I'm surprised you showed so much restraint Dave... Please tell us you had a crack at one of those desserts!

24 Oct 2010

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I didn't – but I should have taken one for the team!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

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Hi, this might not be related to the topic but what cameras do you guys use for all the various reviews and stuff like that? Thank you!

24 Oct 2010

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Nothing fancy, Rishi - I am useless at photography so I just use my iPhone 6 Plus, which does the job just fine (I use an app called Camera+ which allows more control over the image before I hit the button compared to the standard iPhone camera app). I think Chris and Sid both use use a 'proper camera.

Hi Rishi, I normally use a Canon EOS 1200D with a 55mm lens but occasionally I'll just use my iPhone 6s when it's easier or more appropriate. :)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

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For the cost of a Residence ticket, I think I'd be expecting top-tier Russian sturgeon caviar and maybe a half lobster rather than Lobster & Pumkin Ravioli. Wouldn't you? LOL

All in all though, it's a seriously creditable menu for an airline lounge.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Feb 2015

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Lobster is well overated... anyone can take a tail and put some butter on it... its what you do with it like the raviloi that makes it special, Not like the fillet steak on a plate with mash potato and mushroom.

sgb
sgb

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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For the money I guess you would expect nothing less. Certainly looks top notch.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Oct 2015

Total posts 43

Dave, you should forward this on to Neil Perry, qantas could learn a lot about food from etihad in my experience.


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