CX 234 – MXP to HKG – First Class Flight Review

This is the opposite flight of the Hong Kong to Milan flight that I wrote about previously, and although the Cathay First Class Lounge was properly amazing (although food sadly wasn’t mind blowing) – the Lounge on offer in Milan was a considerable step down and frankly nothing much on offer apart from a relatively more comfortable place to wait for your flight – the lounge itself is called Sala Montale and overall – it was a bit too dark for my liking.

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We didn’t really arrive that much earlier than the departure time so I just enjoyed a bit of people watching before heading off to the gate for boarding – boarding itself was smooth and we got called first – which always relieves a lot of the stress. I got myself comfy and just wondered whether Ms. Buddha will be having the meal with me this time…

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The seat for the companion dining

Takeoff was very smooth and soon after, we were offered drinks whilst we inspected the menu.

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Trusty Gin & Tonic
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Menu – Lunch
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Menu – Breakfast (just before landing)

With Cathay First Class, the starter before the actual meal tends to be always the caviar service, and whilst the table was set – the offer to sit and have lunch with me was rejected by Ms. Buddha, who already seemed engrossed into whatever movie she was watching – oh well… That said the caviar service itself was very good, and consistent with our previous flight.

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Caviar service with lots of bread!

Next that came was the pea and edamame soup – which was surprisingly delicious and not salty at all and had a very good flavour – a highlight compared to the normally salty food you get from Cathay.

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Pea and Edamame Soup

For the main, I went for the Lamb, which was cooked well in terms of texture, but sauce was still a tad heavy on the sodium – it was still pink in the middle and the quality of the meat was actually very good.

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Lamb

And with the meal done (didn’t have desserts) – I got myself relaxed and then worked a bit while watching just very random shows. One thing that I did find I enjoy about the Cathay First is that the seats and environment is very comfortable to focus and just get “work” done – by work I meant just writing up drafts for this lovely site!

We were arriving into Hong Kong in very early morning (5am) and straight into work, so I did try to sleep – but unfortunately, try was all I could do – it was though no fault of Cathay since that I’m generally a pretty shocking sleeper and just can’t sleep sometimes – so as it got dark – I just lay there listening to Attenborough talking about finding giant creatures.

Needless to say – I couldn’t sleep and hence was just very very tired and grumpy – when it came breakfast time, the lovely flight attendant asked whether I wanted food – but I just said I don’t think I can keep any food down given that I’m just so exhausted. Ms. Buddha came from a different planet and instead of not sleeping – she overslept to the point that when she woke up – the crew worked their magic and provided a full congee breakfast in the shortest time possible and still managed clean-up before the plane landed – great work crew!!

When you have the fortune of flying first class – it feels bad to try and find fault, especially with the very consistently high level of service like Cathay – my only suggestion would be they really review their food offering and cut down on the salt – otherwise – an almost perfect flight once again (not being able to sleep is not their fault).

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