HKG Pier dining — what a let down!

Old Apr 15, 19, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by Passmethesickbag View Post
In particular the ones at Logan. It is a Boston institution!
I typically go to Boston to visit my dad, and we eat lots of seafood (including Legal), so I'm usually not super eager for more at the airport. My DC palette, by contrast, is less seafood focused, and I really like DCA for some reason. I realize that comparing it with HKG is apples to oranges, but I would be happy as a clam if we could clone it throughout Asia.
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Old Apr 16, 19, 12:25 am
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Originally Posted by londonexpert View Post

what’s there to fight?
lounge space
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Old Apr 16, 19, 6:06 am
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it’s true. I prefer more people can goto this QF lounge and enjoy their “fine” food so there’s more space for the true CX fliers
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Old Apr 16, 19, 6:13 am
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Originally Posted by QRC3288 View Post
If you had spent time reading here, and not on the blogs, your expectations might've been tempered a bit going in.

The impression out there in the blogs or on Instagram about CX is essentially phony. Not wrong all the time, but not necessarily right either. More like just travel porn. And the expectations they build are essentially what you DONT want prior to going in. I recently advised a cousin looking forward to some future flights to completely avoid reading internet "reviews", "trip reports", etc. They're more downside than upside but they're like drugs, he can't help himself.
Precisely - the state of the Pier F dining nowadays is that, I actually prefer to eat onboard even for midnight departures, and we all know CX F catering is not outstanding at all per se.

I just came back from JFK and I can't believe how the AA dining facility and The Pier HKG are both Sodexo operated. I know it's not an apples to apples comparison with AA FFD being a 'real F' lounge facility, but it just tells me that regardless of the operator, if the budget is there then great things can be achieved. Sadly not here at HKG for the time being.
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Old Apr 16, 19, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by G-CIVC View Post
Precisely - the state of the Pier F dining nowadays is that, I actually prefer to eat onboard even for midnight departures, and we all know CX F catering is not outstanding at all per se.

I just came back from JFK and I can't believe how the AA dining facility and The Pier HKG are both Sodexo operated. I know it's not an apples to apples comparison with AA FFD being a 'real F' lounge facility, but it just tells me that regardless of the operator, if the budget is there then great things can be achieved. Sadly not here at HKG for the time being.
agreed. I would only dine at Pier F only if I'm flying on regional J or any PEY/Y flight, where it is generally superior to the onboard offering. Though that said, some things on the menu are not that bad...
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Old Apr 17, 19, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by G-CIVC View Post
Precisely - the state of the Pier F dining nowadays is that, I actually prefer to eat onboard even for midnight departures, and we all know CX F catering is not outstanding at all per se.

I just came back from JFK and I can't believe how the AA dining facility and The Pier HKG are both Sodexo operated. I know it's not an apples to apples comparison with AA FFD being a 'real F' lounge facility, but it just tells me that regardless of the operator, if the budget is there then great things can be achieved. Sadly not here at HKG for the time being.
The difference is that AA went to Sodexo and ask for a nice product and they are paying the price for it, CX went to Sodexo to cut cost, Sodexo is probably doing an OK job according to the budget they have? Would be interesting to find ou how much they get pay per pax, probably not much...
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Old Apr 24, 19, 8:08 am
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This article pretty sums it up.
THE SHOCKING DECLINE OF CATHAY PACIFIC’S HONG KONG LOUNGE FOOD…
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/201...g-lounge-food/
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Old Apr 24, 19, 8:28 am
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This article pretty sums it up.
THE SHOCKING DECLINE OF CATHAY PACIFIC’S HONG KONG LOUNGE FOOD…
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/201...g-lounge-food/
somewhat agree...

i also agree with the author that the plaza premium days were the belle epoque... i miss those days (peninsula not so much)
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Old Apr 24, 19, 8:33 am
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Although the blog post is largely right, he went to hyperbole saying that it’s barely priority pass standard. This will make him lose credibility.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 8:51 am
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It's also a shame that he can't spell Chek Lap Kok.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 11:11 am
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It's also a shame that he can't spell Chek Lap Kok.
I can't spell it either! I miss Popeyes
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Old Apr 24, 19, 11:46 pm
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Originally Posted by G-CIVC View Post
I just came back from JFK and I can't believe how the AA dining facility and The Pier HKG are both Sodexo operated. I know it's not an apples to apples comparison with AA FFD being a 'real F' lounge facility, but it just tells me that regardless of the operator, if the budget is there then great things can be achieved. Sadly not here at HKG for the time being.
I'd say CX's budget is plenty quite generous already.

The apples to apples comparison is right outside the F Dining Area, in the very pedestrian main OWE/EXP zone. Never mind that it's all self-served, but the best you'll be serving to yourself seemed to be mac&cheese and some biscuits when I was there two days ago. Not dissimilar to what you might get at a 試食 counter in costco on a weekend ...



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Old Apr 25, 19, 5:04 am
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Originally Posted by marcuslai View Post
I'd say CX's budget is plenty quite generous already.

The apples to apples comparison is right outside the F Dining Area, in the very pedestrian main OWE/EXP zone. Never mind that it's all self-served, but the best you'll be serving to yourself seemed to be mac&cheese and some biscuits when I was there two days ago. Not dissimilar to what you might get at a 試食 counter in costco on a weekend ...



It depends - I find the LAX FL to be pretty good. Last time I was there they had a "Pho" station as well
but tbh I find even the best of these lounges (QR AS) can be inconsistent.

Major problem is people are treating these places like a Michlin Star Restaurant and have unreasonable expectation.

Sure - CX did cut compared to 20 years ago (Remember the Wing back then still had an Elemis Spa (pay for) ).
But I personally don't find it so bad that is inedible.
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Old Apr 25, 19, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by londonexpert View Post
Major problem is people are treating these places like a Michlin Star Restaurant and have unreasonable expectation
I think this is the problem. If F lounges were filled primarily with paid F pax, they might have a right to expect a premium dining experience. Since this is now generally not the case it's no surprise airlines are cutting back on the luxury levels. If I was a paid F pax I would be furious. As someone who has never paid for F or had OWE status it's nice to know that if I want a nice meal I can stay on the island until the last minute (eating M3* for less than the difference between J & F) or eat better outside the lounge (for substantially less). If I just happen to be peckish due to circumstances beyond my control then there is some free and (debatably) edible food in the lounge, so much the better. Only done one Pier F and didn't dine, just spent the time with some tea in a cabin watching an A380 arrive and leave (it sounds like this part of service hasn't changed). It was much more relaxing than some of my recent Wing experiences with a completely stuffed lounge (I should have stayed out of the lounge). Cabin is right up there now for me for food and experience.
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Old Apr 25, 19, 4:44 pm
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I think this is the problem. If F lounges were filled primarily with paid F pax, they might have a right to expect a premium dining experience. Since this is now generally not the case it's no surprise airlines are cutting back on the luxury levels. If I was a paid F pax I would be furious. As someone who has never paid for F or had OWE status it's nice to know that if I want a nice meal I can stay on the island until the last minute (eating M3* for less than the difference between J & F) or eat better outside the lounge (for substantially less). If I just happen to be peckish due to circumstances beyond my control then there is some free and (debatably) edible food in the lounge, so much the better. Only done one Pier F and didn't dine, just spent the time with some tea in a cabin watching an A380 arrive and leave (it sounds like this part of service hasn't changed). It was much more relaxing than some of my recent Wing experiences with a completely stuffed lounge (I should have stayed out of the lounge). Cabin is right up there now for me for food and experience.
I haven't lounged in HKIA for the past 2 years because I'm no longer OWE, but the Cabin was always my favorite because they didn't try to make fancy food. Basically, if you assume each person is worth $30, and they suck down $10 worth of booze, that leaves $20 for food, which is sufficient for pasta/sandwiches, but not for steak.
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