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Galleries First (Flounge) LHR: Dining menu and food options 2014

Old Mar 18, 2014, 6:15 am
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This thread is archived - there is a Galleries First (Flounge) LHR 2015 menu thread here.

This thread gives the current catering options for the Galleries First Lounge (Flounge) in LHR Terminals 3 and 5. This lounge is open to BAEC Gold and oneworld Emerald card holders. Passengers flying BA on a First ticket can also use the Concorde Room. The catering supplier was changed on 2 May 2013 to BaxterStorey. Click here to see the former thread, which covered that turbulent period.

The current catering options in the First lounge can be found in the first post in the thread, or you can click here.

Catering options - other LHR lounges
Concorde Room (CCR) LHR : menus 2014 - T5 only
Galleries Club lounges LHR: Dining menu and food options from 2013 (n.b. no separate 2014 thread) - T3 and T5
International Lounge Terminal 1 LHR - catering options from May 2013 (n.b. no separate 2014 thread) - T1 international flights

For the First and Club lounges in Gatwick and the UK domestic lounges in Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds, and Aberdeen:
First Lounge London Gatwick (North terminal): Catering options from April 2013 (n.b. no separate 2014 thread) - see post 2 for the text of BA's leaflet on the supplier changeover
Galleries Club Lounge Gatwick (North Terminal): Catering options from April 2013 (n.b. no separate 2014 thread)
UK Domestic lounges (outside London) - catering arrangments from April 2013 (n.b. no separate 2014 thread)

For information on the BaxterStorey changeover in 2013:
New lounge catering contract : BaxterStorey replaces Compass - effective 1 May 2013
Your recent feedback on catering in our lounges - note from BA Executive Club.

BA Champagne & Wine Thread
The 2014 BA Champagne & Wine Thread - covers LHR & LGW lounges and in the air

Archived food & drink threads:
Concorde Room (CCR) LHR : menus 2013 - T5 only
Galleries First (Flounge) LHR: Dining menu and food options 2013 - T3 and T5
The 2013 BA Champagne & Wine Thread - covers LHR & LGW lounges and in the air
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Galleries First (Flounge) LHR: Dining menu and food options 2014

Old Aug 21, 2014, 7:11 am
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I think there's only one default cooking option for the burger: "Ice hockey puck".

Normally I'd be very happy to be asked what way I'd like my burger, but to do that I'd need to be happy with the provenance of the meat, competence of the kitchen and the hygiene standards of the restaurant. GF fails all 3 sadly.
I enjoyed the burger when I had it.
When I think of enjoyable burgers in London I think of Patty and Bun, Meat Liquor, Byron, even Shake Shack. I don't think GF comes within a country mile of any of those.

I'm looking forward to trying The Perfectionists' Cafe in T2 to see if a decent burger can be done with the "no open flame grill" rule at Heathrow.
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Old Aug 21, 2014, 12:02 pm
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Just eaten the Portuguese chicken. Tasty and delicious; I'm not sure what it has to do with Portugal but it is a nice hottish spicy meal. Ate it with a tortilla and Tattinger.

And I liked the sandwiches. Been on holiday for five weeks eating at restaurants all the time so nice sandwiches were really good.
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Old Aug 21, 2014, 12:07 pm
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Where are you? I am in the top right as you come in to GF. Just finished eating
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Old Aug 26, 2014, 10:26 pm
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Originally Posted by layz
I wonder if the CCR and Flounge version is different? Then again peoples tastes vary and what might be crap to one may be delicious to someone else.

I mean some people will even drink Monopole!
I don't think they are different and I like it. Sadly, in my opinion it's now the only good dish on the menu (unless you like very well done burgers).
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Old Sep 2, 2014, 2:05 pm
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Seems like there's an audit in the Flounge tonight! Some management suits talking about the complaints and checking the food on display - I overheard a comment "not everyone likes their burger well done"

To be fair the Ceasar Salad was delicious this evening so I am quite happy.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 7:57 am
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5 hours in GF today......is there going to be enough Tattinger?!

There's only one left at the moment along with two bottles of Castle-NO.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 8:40 am
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I really like the Portuguese Chicken too.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by BHDATC
I really like the Portuguese Chicken too.
I had it a wee while ago. It was great. Had a nice kick to it.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 9:38 am
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I've got to say, as a wino with 16k bottles under cellar, the sauce in T3 GF today was really good - none of it hugely expensive (probably all around GBP15/bottle) but carefully chosen, diverse and none of of it poor. That's no mean feat given they had 10 kinds of wine open. Big fan of the Newton Johnson Pinot...

I'm usually the first to slag BA off, but typing this from 2J on an AA plane - the GF wine offering is miles ahead of what many airlines (ahem AA!) offer. Of course BA get thumped by SQ/CX/QR - but in terms of on-the-ground offerings it's only DOH (QR J and F) and SQ (F) that do a better job in lounges IMHO
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by our_kid
I overheard a comment "not everyone likes their burger well done"
And amen to that!! ^
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 2:42 pm
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Seems like there's an audit in the Flounge tonight! Some management suits talking about the complaints and checking the food on display - I overheard a comment "not everyone likes their burger well done"
Like it or not, it's unsafe any other way.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by stifle
Like it or not, it's unsafe any other way.
Let's not go there again - it is a discussion that has taken place on this forum many times (and with comments by various posters whose jobs pertain to food standards and hygiene) and has led to far more subtle conclusions than that.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 6:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Kgmm77
Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3G: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 7_1_2 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/537.51.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.0 Mobile/11D257 Safari/9537.53)Normally I'd be very happy to be asked what way I'd like my burger, but to do that I'd need to be happy with the provenance of the meat, competence of the kitchen and the hygiene standards of the restaurant. GF fails all 3 sadly.
+ 1 ^ . or is that,

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Old Sep 5, 2014, 11:30 pm
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I tried the BA burger in the T5 Flounge for the first time a few days ago, and I must say that I didn't think it was too bad.

Acceptable brioche bread, nicely melted cheese, fresh pickles, tomato and lettuce and well cooked (almost pinkish but not quite) burger. My only suggestion to BA would be to halve the size of the burger itself which was too fat in my view and unbalanced the taste. It would also save them half the cost.
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Old Sep 11, 2014, 9:17 am
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I just had my first T5 Flounge visit this morning on the way back from Amsterdam thanks to my new Gold status and I must say I was quite impressed with the breakfast spread available (was in the lounge from around 11am-12:15pm). I ordered the eggs Benedict off of the menu and was very happy with it. The buffet spread was also great - helped myself to a nice large plate of bacon, sausages, baked beans, hash browns, mushrooms and tomatoes. The Taittinger Prelude was lovely too - as was the Taittinger Ros.

I definitely have to plan another Europe midweek holiday to visit the Flounge again - I'm definitely going to make my money's worth of being Gold. Will definitely have to schedule a trip during lunch hours so I can try out more of the menu. This is only the 2nd first class lounge I've been in after the QF SYD Flounge (I'm a 21 year old bartender so these opportunities are relatively few and far between) - I'd say the buffet selection is better at T5, but the QF lounge has a FAR superior la carte menu.
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