Sourdough toast topped with avocado fetta, Japanese karaage chicken, Chinese dumplings, penne bolognese, Mediterranean platters, macaroons and scones: even though Virgin Australia still doesn’t fly overseas, its latest lounge menu is a journey international in itself.
These dishes are among the highlights that Virgin travelers can expect to see this week as the airline rolls out a field refresh that follows the same high-end coffee trend as its business-class dining, but with a few. unexpected twists and turns.
The moody menu arrives as Virgin pulls back the curtains of its refurbished Melbourne lounge, which takes some of the relaxed and even playful elements of its new Adelaide lounge and incorporates them into Melbourne’s more edgy style.
“Frequent travelers can expect to see more of ‘Virgin Flair’ from signage, seating, bathrooms and overall aesthetics,” says Paul Jones, Head of Customer and Digital, Virgin Group Australia.
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The airline says its lounge menu is “part of its ongoing program to enhance the customer experience and please its customers at heart.”
The selection will be renewed each month while “offering variety and choice to meet 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 chili flakes and a lemon wedge
- Breakfast croissant (ham, scrambled eggs, cheese)
- Penne bolognese with parmesan
- Roast potatoes with crispy bacon and baked beans
- Avocado, spinach, grated, carrot, cucumber, hummus and falafel wrap
- Black rice salad, beets with walnuts and fetta
- Chicken Karaage served with coleslaw and mayonnaise
- Mediterranean plate with falafel, tabouli and hummus.
- Freshly baked cookies
- Coconut chocolate macaroon
- Scones topped with crème fraîche 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 domestic lounge network is back, with more lounges in Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth.
The next step will be the launch of Virgin’s new premium VIP program, built around what were previously The Club lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – the airline says this will take place by March 31, 2022, which could also accompany a new high level VIP. Velocity Frequent Flyer program level.
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