Luke Mangan unveils revamped lounge menu for Virgin Australia

Luke Mangan unveils revamped lounge menu for Virgin Australia

Shortly after a rebranding effort aimed at making it competitive in the premium travel market, Virgin Australia has upgraded the menu in its Sydney and Melbourne lounges with food created by acclaimed chef Luke Mangan, reports Australian Business Traveller.

Mangan first partnered with the airline earlier this year, when he was contracted to design menus for the carrier's domestic flights. He had previously served as a menu consultant for V Australia, the carrier's international arm that operates service to Los Angeles and a range of other destinations around the world.

Although Virgin Australia's lounges will not get a complete menu overhaul - several popular staples will still be available, for instance - Mangan has added a new array of items as well as changed some of the suppliers.

Previously, standard options in the Sydney and Melbourne premium facilities included soups and deli-style foods like cold cuts, greens, dips and more. To these older offerings, Mangan has added party pies (an Australian snack consisting of a small meat pie) and single-serving pizzas, which will be served around 5 p.m. The lunch menu, which previously consisted of ham and salami sandwiches, now also features roast beef, smoked turkey, corned beef, couscous and pesto pasta. Other snacks available at any time of day include camembert, peppercorn cheddar cheese, salted popcorn and chocolate mini-muffins.

Some of the biggest changes come in the beverage department. In an effort to promote its all-day barista service, Virgin Australia has added new cookies as well as a green, jasmine and pear gourmet tea. Perhaps the most visible addition that Mangan has made is the upgraded wine list. New sparking wines include the Seppelt Fleur de Lys Cuvee Chardonnay Pinot Noir and the Brut Les Petites Vignettes Burgundy Pinot Noir Chardonnay.

White wine lovers can close from Lindeman's Early Hrrvest, Annie's Lane Riesling, Wynn's Coonawarra Chardonnay and Abel's Tempest Chardonnay, while fans of red wines can order the Bailey's Shiraz, Wynn's Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz or Hubert's The Stag Pinor Noir.

According to the source, Virgin Australia will rotate Mangan's dishes each month to keep things fresh. Moreover, the airline will rotate offerings between its Sydney and Melbourne lounges so that business travelers won't have to eat the same thing on both legs of their journey between the two cities. 

By Arnold Meyer

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