Airports are known for many things, namely being crowded, waiting around and the queues they attract. Food doesn’t usually score a mention – unless it’s in relation to how bad it is. But that is all changing, with more and more world-class restaurants popping up in airports across the globe.
Here are some of the ones of which to make a note. You might want to base your flight route around these, and arrive earlier at the airport to enjoy a decent feed before you board.
London, Heathrow Airport
A Gordon Ramsay creation, Plane Food offers gourmet-tasting food that can be enjoyed in less than 35 minutes, making it the perfect place for a pre-flight feast. With a la carte options and take-away picnic bag options, the only challenge is choosing what to eat.
Dubai, Dubai International
An authentic Spanish tapas bar, Cadiz is the perfect place to wind down before your flight. Tapas is a great option when you’re on restricted time or don’t want a full meal before boarding. Cadiz also has a broad selection of Spanish and South American wines
Paris, Charles de Gaulle
In case you missed it in Paris or are only passing through the airport, Brasserie Flo offers the same French fine-dining experience as its sister restaurant in the city of love. Think traditional French dishes including châteaubriand and crème brûlée.
Known for its hawker-style food, Changi airport is also home to Kampong Cafe, which offers Malay, Indian and Chinese-style cooking with a family centric dining environment.
New York, John F Kennedy
America may be the home of burgers, but they don’t necessarily make the best pre-flight meals. At the JFK airport, you’ll find another Spanish tapas at Piquillo, which uses seasonal ingredients and inspiration from local farmers’ markets to create a variety of hot and cold small sharing plates.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong International
Maxim’s Jade Garden
Showing off for what Hong Kong is known, Maxim’s Jade Garden is all about authentic Cantonese flavour, not to mention the finest Yum Cha. It’s a no brainer when visiting (or flying through) Hong Kong.
From the makers of the highly acclaimed Movida and its sister restaurants, Bar Pulpo is one of the better Spanish experiences you will have outside of Spain. The perfect place to relax pre-departure, Bar Pulpo offers a generous choice of breakfast, sandwiches and tapas, best washed down with wine, of course.
Which are your favourite airports? Do you have another airport restaurant to add to our list?