CX472 HKG-TPE

CX472 HKG-TPE 16-Mar
Airbus A340-300 B-HXK (Jul-98), Seat 16K, Gate 71

Menu (400/408/464/470/472 F-A/12)
Refreshment

Starter
Fresh seasonal fruit

Main Courses
Braised minced pork patty, steamed jasmine rice with pak choy and Chinese vegetables
Roasted chicken breast in port wine sauce, creamy Parmesan polenta, roasted carrot, turnip and parsnip
Braised e-fu noodle with deep-fried shrimp shiu gow

Dessert
Chocolate mousse brownie with raspberry

Tea and Coffee

Wines (same menu)
Champagne – Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne
White – Mount Riley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (NZ); Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2009 (France)
Red – Moonvine McLaren Vale Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2009 (SA Australia); Château Taffard de Blaignan Médoc 2009
Port – Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2006

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Arrived at TPE T1 (which is undergoing wholesale renovation) and managed to find the single ATM Machine then downstairs for the bus into the city (a high speed rail connection is under construction but still seems some way off). I took the Cheung Kwa bus to Taipei Main Station then a short taxi to Ximending.

The Arrival and Conrad Hong Kong

One of the first into The Arrival (after waiting half an hour into the empty terminal) and secured a shower and got changed.

Quick breakfast, first train then shuttle to Conrad Hong Kong. Arriving at 7am on a free stay I wasn’t expecting a room – but no – 58th floor Executive Club room was mine. HHonors Diamond status works again. Usual impeccable Conrad service throughout the stay, although I was only briefly able to utilise the Evening Drinks.

So a quick snooze and use of the internet in lounge then off to a few meetings and lunches including my first visit to the ICC, Ritz Carlton and massive shopping mall beneath. Some evening drinks at the misspelled Wooloomooloo in LKF Then a solely Californian wine bar Californian Vintage (had over 80 wines by the glass using a vacuum system) and a cool ipad menu/ info system.

Next day I actually checked baggage in the morning and just roamed about with a day pack before working my way back to the Airport. CX Wing First is now closed with a sign and staff member standing at the entrance but doesn’t appear to be much happening yet.

But with a Gate 71 departure, it was off to The Pier First. Food area was very busy and food selection was the usual good stuff. Walked out via Business lounge to get closer to my gate.

CX138 SYD-HKG

CX138 SYD-HKG 12-Mar
Airbus A330, B-HLR (Sep-01), Seat 19D

Checkin for CX at Sydney was in Row A which has seen better days. Only three serving the business queue with three other passengers waiting. Check in appeared very slow in the economy queue was quite large. Anyhow through to the Qantas First Lounge by 1930 when I was one of no more than five there (unfortunately spa was closed). Sat down and ordered and the lounge gradually filled up.

Lounge had just changed to the new spring menu so I took part in some of the new dishes, and then went back for the new wagyu sandwich (brilliant but messy given the salad).


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Plane was old style lie flat coffins, I think this is the only HKG-SYD flight yet to change over to the new style and completely full. I had changed flights two weeks before and was only able to get an aisle seat. Watched j.edgar on the plane, got changed into my QF First pj’s (byo as cx doesn’t provide – two other pax were in QF Business), got a do not disturb sticker and to bed. Plane arrived at gate early and was through the airport by 430! So half an hour till CX Arrival opened and over an hour till the first train service

Menu (138-1137J-A/12)

Supper
Mixed salad with gravlax and French dressing

Main Courses
Braised lamb shank with creamy polenta, green beans and carrots
Deep-fried cod with hot bean sauce, steamed rice, pak choy and carrot

Light Choice
Roasted duck in noodle soup

Cheese and Dessert
Camembert, Maffra Fargo Walnut, Roaring Forties Blue
Fresh seasonal fruit
Chocolate orange mousse and strawberry cream cake with raspberry coulis

Tea and Coffee
Pralines

Snacks
Roasted duck in noodle soup
Maggie Beer ice cream

Breakfast
Starters
Orange or Apple juice
Mixed berry & soya milk smoothie
Fresh seasonal fruit
Fruit yoghurt
Butcher muesli

Main Courses
Spanish omlette with Mushrooms, chorizo, beans and corn cakes
Braised e-fu noodles with dim sum and Chilli sauce
Congee with chicken and ginko nuts

Bread Basket
Assorted breakfast bread served with preserves, honey and butter

Tea and Coffee

Wines (100,102,104,110,134,136,138,156,162,170,174,178,194 1-3-2012)
Champagne – Champagne Deutz, Brut Classic
White – Mountadam Vineyard Eden Valley Riesling 2009 (SA, Australia); Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2009 ( France )
Red – Château de Maison Neuve Montage Saint-Emilion 2009 (France); Moonvine McLaren Vale Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2009 ( SA, Australia )
Special leaflet – Dilection Chinon 2010 (Grand Château, Loire Valley, France )


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CX581 CTS-HKG

CX581 CTS-HKG 24-Feb

Seat 2A, B747-400 (First seat with Business service) Reg. B-HUA

When booked was originally an A330 but subbed for a B747 a few days before (upgrade!!). I noticed this and reselected 2A (first suite). At checkin was printed a boarding pass for 12A – made a comment about seat changing and promptly received 2A back.

Bought some Royce chocolates which were packed with an ice pack that was confiscated at xray (kept the chocolates though).

Cathay uses the shared Royal Lounge in the International Terminal which has a nice outdoor terrace, moderate food selection,some (average) Japanese wine, decent sake selection, soda fountain and a Sapporo beer machine.

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Menu 581 (02/12)
Dinner

Starters
Grilled Japanese scallop with Angel prawn, octopus slice and sea urchin wasabi mayonnaise
Mixed salad with Parmeson cheese, pine nuts and balsamic vinegar dressing
Nameko mushroom flavoured soba noodles

Main Courses
Sauteed ling fish with sweet and spicy sauce, steamed jasmine rice, jade melon with red medlar seed and garlic
Chicken teriyaki with steamed Japanese rice and seasonal vegetables
Grilled beef tenderloin with portabella mushroom and madeira wine sauce, roasted purple sweet potato, pumpkin and asparagus
Saffron and ricotta tortellini in a creamy tomato concasse

Cheese and dessert
Cheese selection
Fresh seasonal fruit
Ice cream

Tea and Coffee
Praline

Wine (451, 501, 503, 505, 507, 509, 521, 533, 535, 543, 549, 567, 581 1-2-2012)

Champagne – Champagne Deutz, Brut Classic
White – Mount Riley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (NZ); Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2009 (France)
Red – L’Esperance du Retout Haut Medoc 2009 (France); Moonvine McLaren Vale Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2009 (SA Australia)
Port – Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2006

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CX580 HKG-CTS

CX580 HKG-CTS 18-Feb
Seat 2A, B747-400 (First seat with Business service) Reg. B-HKT

Lunch

Starters
Poached Angel prawns with seaweed and plum mayonnaise
Mixed salad with artichoke, marinated mixed peppers and mint yoghurt dressinh
Mugwort soba noodles

Main Courses
Pan-fried Australian beef tenderloin with yuzu pepper miso butter sauce, steamed Japanese rice and mixed vegetables
Sauteed ling fillet with sa cha sauce, steamed jasmine rice, btoccoli with ginger
Roasted chicken breast in port wine sauce, creamy Parmesan polenta, roasted carrot, turnip and parsnip
Saffron fettucine with tomato concasse and Parmesan cheese

Cheese and dessert
Fruit selection
Fresh seasonal fruit
Ice cream

Tea and Coffee
Praline

Wine
Champagne – Champagne Deutz, Brut Classic
White – Mount Riley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (NZ); Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2009 (France)
Red – L’Esperance du Retout Haut Medoc 2009 (France); Moonvine McLaren Vale Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2009 (SA Australia)
Port – Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2006

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When I originally booked the flight I had been in the Business cabin, but when Cathay shifted to Amadeus the First cabin became available so I selected 2A (on the Qantas website) which changed my seat selection on Cathay and it stuck. First cabin was full so I assume a lot of high-tier Cathay pax also upgraded.

New HKG Wing Business Lounge

A quick trip to the new Wing Business Lounge (just to see it – as a Qantas Platinum/ oneworld Emerald I am entitled to the First Lounge, but it had just reopened) for a coffee at the Coffee lounge and Dim Sum at the Noodle Bar. Quite impressed with the understated yet classy feel to the place.

Particularly impressed with the view from the Coffee Lounge.

Some photos that were new when I took them (but it took two months to get the blog up)

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CX468 HKG-TPE

CX468 HKG-TPE 17-Feb
Airbus A340 B-KPK Seat 2K

Menu (402/468 02/12)

Dinner

Starter
Loch Tyne salmon with marinated prawn and roasted pepper

Main Courses
Braised chicken and chestnuts in oyster sauce, egg fried rice and stir-fried baby pak choy with bean curd skin
Grilled veal fillet with Madeira sauce, honey roasted swedes, French beans, sautéed tomato and mixed mushrooms
Spinach and Ricotta cheese tortellini with tomato concasse and pine nuts

Dessert
Raspberry swirl cheese cake with raspberry coulis in a chocolate cup

Tea and Coffee

Wine (400,402,406,408,462,464,466,468,470,472 1-2-2012)
Champagne – Champagne Armour De Deutz Brut 2002
White – Bouchard Père & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2006 (Côte de Beanue, Burgundy, France); Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (NZ)
Red – Château Branaire-Ducru 4ème Cruise Class 2007 (Saint-Julien of Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France); D’Arenberg The Galvo Garage Cabernet Blend 2006 (Adelaide Hills, SA, Australia); Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2007 (Central Otago, New Zealand)

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And of course I had to have some JW Blue before landing!

Very impressed with the Cathay First Cabin. Plenty of storage with a little private closet in front of the seat including room for my tri-fold and jacket. The rollaboard went underneath the guest seat.

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Very empty First Class with only one other passenger.