Sampling the Qantas first class lounge’s Spring 2018 menu

By David Flynn, September 7 2018
Sampling the Qantas first class lounge’s Spring 2018 menu

Spring is finally here, and that means another seasonal refresh for the Rockpool dining room menu at the Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne.

Australian Business Traveller had the opportunity to sample several of the new dishes ahead of our flight from Melbourne to San Francisco, and here are some of the highlights.

Zucchini and squash salad with soft poached egg, kale, white beans, fresh herbs and lemon

This is a light Spring take on the healthy breakfast bowls, which are available on both the breakfast and all-day dining menus. Not being an overly large dish makes it ideal as a light breakfast or an entree into something more substantial.

It brings together a white bean salsa of cannellini beans, lemon, parsley, thyme and olive oil; zucchini ribbons with shaved squash and blanched kale; feta, herbs (mint, parsley, chives), sourdough croutons, lemon and thyme vinaigrette, and tops all of that with a poached egg. 

Roasted and pickled spring carrots with daikon, watercress and horseradish

Another light dish with a crisp Spring feeling – thyme-roasted purple carrots, ribbons of lightly pickled white, yellow and orange carrots dressed in verjus with fresh radish wedges on a purée of carrot, crème fraiche and horseradish. This is dressed with fresh watercress, crispy chickpeas and shallots. 

Barramundi with fennel purée, crisp polenta, green olive and toasted almond salsa

A grilled fillet of Humpty Doo barramundi is served on a fennel purée, next to a slice of lightly-fried polenta and a salsa of green olives with chopped almonds, orange zest, herbs and chilli.

Stir-fried cumin lamb with smashed cucumber and jasmine rice

Australian lamb has also become a bit of a regular on the Qantas First Lounge menu, and this time it’s served in a stir-fry.

A tender lamb shoulder is slowly braised in red masterstock with cumin, then stir-fried with oyster mushrooms, black fungi, pickled mustard greens and chilli. Add steamed jasmine rice and marinated Lebanese cucumber and it’s hard to pass up.

You can download a PDF copy of the Qantas First Lounge's Spring 2018 menus at the links below:


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.


22 Oct 2012

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.PDF copies? Yes please!

13 Feb 2015

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Anyone else suddenly hungry now? ;)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Nov 2016

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Happy to go there this afternoon for lunch and while the time away :). Will be travelling in 3 weeks and very much looking forward to visiting the first class lounge.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2012

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Funnily enough, having being Platinum with QF for so many years and flying QF ex MEL and SYD, i have never been able to nab their lunch/dinner menu. Have always somehow been the breakfast menu. Finally travelling CX ex MEL next month, and FINALLY be able to sample the lunch/dinner menu!

23 Feb 2015

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I’ve often wondered why (aside from kitchen logistics, which might win the day of course) the whole menu isn’t available at all hours. I also typically see only the breakfast menu and, heck, if I’m going to have a glass of champagne at 8am I might as well pair it with barramundi!

08 Sep 2018

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That's a pretty economy class beer list!

28 Aug 2018

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Beer's a pretty economy class drink ;)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jul 2017

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I have just returned from a short trip to LHR, visited First Lounges in Singapore, LHR and Emirates Dubai. The Qantas F Lounge and food is way ahead of the above lounges with excellent personal service from the bar and restaurant.

23 Feb 2015

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The only matching level of quality I’ve experienced is in The Pier

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Mar 2013

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Hey where’s the 2019 menu ?!

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