Almost one hour later they opened with two dedicated to Early Check-in
I've was asked for my continuation ticket leaving Singapore because my itinerary had 5 differents tickets. No fast track in ICN, but at this time there were not too many people and immigration/security check didn't last more than 15 minutes.
I headed to the OZ Business lounge
I'm told that there is a SQ lounge and that my gate is in that satellite; therefore, I should take the Shuttle train to reach it. They ended up letting me in anyway.
The OZ whale
The lounge was very large, airy, and pleasant with different areas
There was even a piano
And an area with tables
I found a quiet place with a sofa to crash because I was quite jetlagged
Then I intended to eat a bit
A small salad bar
Breads and baked goods (a bit weird as it was 1:30pm)
Soft drinks and beer
Pretzels, nuts and tacos
And one hot dish : brussels sprouts with tomato sauce
From the time I got to the lounge I saw a lot of cooks coming in and out, crossing in front of the quiet area with trolleys, so I just tried to find a menu and when it was obvious that there wasn't a menu, I decided to wait for the other hot dishes to come out.
But, in fact, nothing came and the brussels sprouts stayed as the only hot dish !
Most people were eating noodle cups
BTW there was not really another choice for a hot dish
I was still believing that something else could be offered later and that was my selection to wait
the croissant was dry
The Wifi password
The cooks were crossing from left to right and right to left in front of my seat without filling my stomach ! I sent a tweet asking why all these cooks are around if it wasn't to prepare food… but never received an answer
I decided to leave and headed to the satellite using the Shuttle train
In the satellite I saw another OZ lounge but didn't stop there! Not again with the cooks' waltz
I stopped only when I was at the entrance of the SQ lounge, where a SQ girl was waiting to greet me
An overview of the lounge beginning with alcohol
Cheese and nuts
Samosas and wedges
And of course the trendy noodle cups!
A few tables close to the buffet
The lounge is a long room with spotter unfriendly windows
As I was taking pictures, I was asked by a lounge attendant why I was taking so much pictures I didn't think she really understood my answer (english ?) but she went away
My selection : really not good
I'm fond of soup but this pumpkin soup was too sweet :(
At the end of the lounge is a charmzone with a free 15 minutes facial massage
A few newspapers
About one hour and half before the ETD I decided to take a shower
and to have a facial massage with these creams : I was told they were sold at 280usd each!!
Not an unforgettable experience even if the masseuse was a very charming young girl
I was feeling a bit hungry so I decided to eat one of these famous noodle cups
Quite disappointing :( Not even good as the noodle cup I bought in Singapore the following day
I went to the restrooms and it was dirty
The flight was delayed because of the late arrival of the aircraft from San Francisco but I wanted to walk so I headed slowly to the gate
It was almost time to board
9V-SWM, first flight on the 19/02/2008, was the 77W flying to SIN
First class seats
The Business mini cabin
My seat 11K : On each seat was a pillow and a blanket
The footrest is much bigger at this row and exit rows: other rows have a kind of shoebox A Korean Airlines whalejet was following
A nice SQ girl was taking orders
An oshibori was handed out
Eyeshades and some kind of slippers
The IFE was switched on
An average choice of music but a large choice of movies
Service began with the satays : good as usual Satay with onion, cucumber and spicy sauce
and more champagne
I finally found something great to listen
The table was set
The bread selection was not as rich as usual except the garlic bread but it was very dry
Sauternes was my second choice and I was eager to pair it with the foie gras
Duck foie gras with shaved fennel-orange salad, beetroot and mizuna
What a shame…this foie gras doesn't even come close to real foie gras, any paté bought in a supermarket could be better! It was a totally tasteless mousse :(
My main meal choice Roasted halibut with potato gnocchi, broccoli, green peas and wild mushroom a la Grecque
The show must go on, even after a bad start, but in fact it was still a disappointment : the green peas and the broccoli tasted like frozen vegetables that had just been boiled. The rubber mushrooms and the tasteless knorr-like sauce couldn't save the flavourless fish! I prefered to forget the potato gnocchi that stuck to the teeth.
So I asked for another main… Korean style grilled short rib of beef, seasonal vegetables and steamed rice
Not great but good, especially the beef.
Listening to David Bowie while waiting for the dessert
The service was not as great as usual: two SQ girls were taking care of me but one of them seemed a bit lost She never addressed me by my name, she brought me white wine instead of Sauternes when I asked for a refill She brought me the dessert when I was waiting for my second main (she has been rebuffed by her colleague)
Speaking about my second meal : the flight attendant was taken aback by my request, she mumbled that she had to ask her colleague. By the way, it was the same reaction when I asked the purser for a second dessert because I hadn't been given the choice for the first He mumbled me that they didn't have any more just as her colleague was just bringing it to me!
I was just given an ice cream as dessert without anyone asking me for my choice.
Haagen Dasz strawberry ice cream with mixed berries coulis
The ice cream was insipid and too hard : I had to look at the menu to guess the flavour :( At least it was not served in the original plastic cup like a lot of companies are doing
So I asked for the cake I intended to have when the cheese and fruits trolley came
Chocolate and orange cake
It turned out to be great! not too sweet with a nice balance between chocolate and orange I had to refrain myself from asking for a second one ;)
Gourmet coffees & selection of fine teas, with pralines
Only the latter for me
Then I turned my seat into a bed to have some rest
Undoubtedly the best business bed in the air
I'm quite bulky but I felt perfectly at ease in any position
After a nap the descent was starting
Soft landing with the delay partly recovered
Train to go to the main terminal
Immigration was a breeze except that the agent was a little grumpy not finding a space on my passport to stamp it
And let's go to the ground tranport desk because there wasn't public transportation at this time
Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge
Seoul - ICN
Singapore - SIN
All in all it was a good flight with SQ.
When I travel with SQ my expectations are very high so do not think I'm too fussy or snobby in my remarks.
The Flight Attendants did a great job and were always smiling and no other FAs are close to SQ girls, they have something special...but they were stammering at my unusual (but not so weird !) requests.
The catering was undoubtedly the disappointing and weakest part of this flight.
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