At London’s Heathrow Terminal 2, the buzz is all about Blumenthal’s newly opened Perfectionists’ Cafe (www.theperfectionistscafe.com) – a quick service joint dishing gourmet all-day breakfasts, grills and what they call Extraordinary Fish & Chips, made with freshly caught sustainable fish from Cornwall.
At Terminal 5, six-year-old Plane Food by Gordon Ramsay (www.gordonramsay.com/planefood/) continues to pack it in with hearty British fare such as bangers and mash and chicken-cashew curry. If you have absolutely no time to spare, there are also “picnic” options to take onto the plane.
Classic French fare – think foie gras and morel ravioli, and sole meuniere – is what you will be served at Altitude (www.altitude-geneva.ch) at Geneva International Airport. Yet another concept by the prolific duo Gilles Dupont and Thomas Byrne, who also own the Michelin-star Dupont & Byrne, it is an elegant steel-and-glass space that doesn’t look too different from your downtown business-lunch venue.
￼￼Also traditional is the repertoire served at Porta Gaig at the Barcelona airport. From iconic Spanish chef Carles Gaig comes Catalana classics ranging from tapa items to hearty dishes such as slow-braised beef cheeks and roasted Prat chicken.
Closer to home, Terminal 2 of Hong Kong International Airport boasts one-Michelin-star restaurant Hung’s Delicacies (www.hungsdelicacies.com) by chef Lai Wai Hung. A branch of the original that is located at slightly-out-of-the-way North Point, it actually might be a more convenient stop for getting a taste of its famous braised dishes, roast meats and Cantonese-style soups.
Visiting gourmets who cannot get enough of Melbournian dining institution Vue de Monde will savour the last chance for a taste of chef Shannon Bennett’s cuisine at Cafe Vue (www.vuedemonde.com.au) located at Melbourne International Airport. Some highlights that will tempt: Blackmore wagyu burger and pulled pork buns.
If you are still hankering for one more sushi meal before leaving Tokyo, Sushi Kyotatsu (www.bbande.co.jp) at Terminal 1 of Narita International Airport might just be the answer. The casual sushi bar that is constantly packed might not look much, but the quality of its fare is reputed to be exceptional.