Sourdough toast topped with avocado fetta, Japanese-style karaage chicken, Chinese dumplings, penne bolognese, mediterranean platters, Macaroons and scones: even if Virgin Australia's still not flying overseas, its latest lounge menu is an international journey in itself.
Those dishes are among the highlights which Virgin travellers can expect to see from this week as the airline rolls out an on the ground refresh which follows the same upmarket cafe trend as its business class catering, albeit with a few unexpected twists.
The morish menu comes as Virgin pulls back the curtains on its overhauled Melbourne lounge, which takes some of the relaxed and even playful elements from its new-look Adelaide lounge and integrates them into Melbourne's sharper style.
"Frequent flyers can expect to see more 'Virgin Flair' through signage, seating areas, bathrooms and the general aesthetics," explains Virgin Australia Group Chief Customer and Digital Officer, Paul Jones.
The airline says its lounge menu is "part of its ongoing program to enhance the guest experience and appeal to its heartland customer."
The selection will be rotated each month while "providing variety and choice to suit a range of taste buds at any time of the day."
Here are some of the headliners:
- Sourdough toast topped with avocado fetta served with chilli flakes and a lemon wedge
- Breakfast croissant (ham, scrambled eggs, cheese)
- Penne bolognaise with parmesan cheese
- Potato rosti with crispy bacon and baked beans
- Avocado, baby spinach, grated, carrot, cucumber, Hummus, and falafel wrap
- Black rice, beetroot with walnut and fetta salad
- Karaage chicken served with slaw and mayonnaise
- Mediterranean plate with falafel, tabouli and hummus.
- Freshly baked cookies
- Chocolate coconut Macaroon
- Scones topped with fresh cream and Jam Gelato cups
A selection of freshly-prepared sandwiches, salads, wraps and snacks will continue to be served to complement the new menu items.
Virgin Australia says the reopening of its Melbourne lounge means the airline's entire national lounge network is back in business, with other lounges at Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth.
Up next will be the launch of Virgin's new premium VIP program built around what were formerly The Club lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – the airline says this will take place by March 31, 2022, which could also accompany a new top-level VIP tier of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program.