The miracle of air travel. Many of its factors are wondrous, however it is universally accepted that plane food is not one of them. We asked some frequent flying foodies for their tips on where to dine at various airports so you can avoid the inflight indigestion.
Syed Asim Hussain, Co-founder of Black Sheep Restaurants
I actually really love flying. It’s the one time in my life where I feel totally relaxed because I’m not responsible for anything that’s going on around me. Switching off means I feel OK about a little indulgence. At London Heathrow, Heston’s The Perfectionists’ Café serves great fish and chips. When I’m in New York I’ll probably stop at Shake Shack in JFK.
There’s a Georgian restaurant at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport that is excellent for Georgian flatbreads, lamb dishes and dumplings. Otherwise, there’s always vodka and caviar, which is not a bad way to pass the time to be honest.
Abu Dhabi has great grilled meat kebab and flat breads but there’s also a fairly horrible Irish pub that is open 24 hours a day and gets super busy after midnight when all the planes connect. Cold beer and buffalo wings ain’t bad at 3am.
Chris Mark, Co-founder of Black Sheep Restaurants
Back in the old airport in Bangkok, there used to be a really great staff canteen I would sneak into, but increased airport security has made stuff like that a thing of the past. These days I tend to plan a stop en-route to the airport to pick up something delicious and portable (most recently in Hanoi we grabbed banh mis) which I save to eat in the lounge.
Daniel Cheung aka @deeseebeaucoup
The Singapore airport is every foodie’s dream. Head straight to Chutney Mary for bold, spicy Indian curries – a great way to banish jet lag. I also love the local bakery Bengawan Solo inside the airport. I get slices of their famous pandan cake to eat on my flight.
Kansai airport in Japan is equally amazing. Loads of cafe options, good bars and noodles of every kind, from pasta to udon. However, my cheap but satisfying airport food tip (especially during winter) has got to be getting oden from Family Mart. Nothing cures flying fatigue like oden!
There is a place called Magic Food Point (located at gate 8) at Bangkok airport, it’s where all the airport staff go to eat and it’s open 24 hours. It’s not much to look at, but they do really good Thai street food and most dishes are priced under 100 baht (about HK$25).
Jen Balisi aka @indulgenteats
I always crave noodles before a flight, so I grab a bowl of the signature ramen with lots of pork from Ajisen Ramen in the main food court of Hong Kong Airport. It’s not the best ramen, but it’s satisfying, filling, quick and great for going into a food coma for your flight.