The secret behind the food you are served in an airport lounge

Did you know everything you eat before your flight in the airport lounge has been carefully considered and cooked with your flight travel in mind?

From the flavours used, to the types of dishes cooked and even the drinks served, Kalesh Kamal, head chef at the Plaza Premium Lounge in Brisbane Airport knows a thing or two about a bespoke menu.

After cooking for the likes of Justin Bieber, AC/DC, Roger Federer and even the President of India, building a bespoke menu is no worry for Kalesh… within reason. “Once we had a request from a celebrity for a peacock pie,” he shares. “Unfortunately, we had to turn them down as we decided the value of the bird is in its beauty.”

Combatting dehydration

Kalesh says he has to consider the health needs of customers who visit the lounge when he’s planning a menu. “The most important consideration is to look after our guests. At Plaza Premium Lounge we currently have invigorating detox juices, water infusions, cold brew coffee, and a variety of beautiful flavoured iced teas,” he says.

As hydration is important pre-flight, fresh juice and infused water will give you the biggest long-term hydration benefits before you board a plane.

Loss of palate

“When you are flying your senses are weak, so I try to add robust and bold flavours that make up for the loss of palate,” says Kalesh.

When creating the meals you’d see on the menu of your local lounge, they’ll be packed with herbs and flavours. “Garlic and parsley are my favourite ingredients to use,” explains Kalesh. “I like to chop them together, the combined flavour is mesmerising.”

What should you eat?

Lounges offer a smorgasbord of snack foods and dishes to enjoy before take-off.

“Enjoy a good mixture of healthy light meals,” Kalesh advises. “Our buffet area offers a variety of flavour-packed foods which are easy on the stomach and melatonin rich for travellers,” he says. Who knew?

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