Yes, there is: gourmet time at the airport
Put an end to chips to fool the stomach, chocolate bags, club sandwich, snacks and vacuum-packed dumplings ... There is a gastronomic world far beyond at airports. And we show it in nine terminals around the globe:
These are some of the best restaurants we have come across to take strength before a flight:
CENTER BAR, ZURICH
Designed by Detail Group GmbH, it is located in the central module, in front of the huge duty-free shop and next to a large window where landings can be seen. Sit in your very careful table area and ask sushi, dim sum or currys.
PLANE FOOD, LONDON HEATHROW T5
Perhaps it is the restaurant model that has innovated the most, since two quick menus are added to its menu, depending on the time the diner has to board his flight -25 or 35 minutes-. It also presents a magnificent picni offerc, which is nothing more than a basket that they prepare for those passengers who do not wish to consume the products that the airline will put in their service on board. The famous chef Gordon Ramsay has three Michelin stars. Average price, £ 15.
Plane Food (Heathrow Airport, London), menus per minute © D.R.
BUBBLES SEAFOOD & WINE BAR, AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL
Mandatory stop for seafood lovers. You have to sit in front of the aquarium and ask for herring or oysters, and don't forget to accompany them with a good glass of champagne. From € 20.
HUNG'S DELICACIES, HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL T2
In this exceptional airport for its design could not miss a unique gastronomic offer. We recommend the Hung´s Delicacies in T2. He won a Michelin star in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Around € 20.
Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar, an aquarium in the Amsterdam Schiphol © Flickr A_Marga
TOP AIR, STUTTGART
While many of the restaurants mentioned are chef establishments that earned their Michelin stars at locations outside the airports, the Top air, in the Stuttgart facilities, in fact was awarded with his own Michelin star. Three course menu from € 100.
Apart from its wide range of typical German cuisine, it is the only beer garden and the only brewery in the world located inside an international airport. Although it cannot be compared to the Michelin-starred restaurants mentioned above, it is an unexpected culinary experience in the air traffic environment. The dish around € 10.
Airbräu, the pre-flight beer in Munich © Munich Airport
AIR TAPAS BAR, ALICANTE
Located before the security checkpoint, it is ideal for travelers and companions. The formula of salads, tapas and, above all, of Mediterranean rice, makes it a perfect choice. How could it be otherwise, the letter includes the preparation time of each plator so that the traveler knows perfectly what he will devote to eating without the stresses that the boarding time is on him. Dishes between € 12 - € 18, tapas from € 2.
Mediterranean rice with well measured weather in Aire Tapas Bar, Alicante © D.R.
WAGAMAMA, LONDON HEATHROW
Adjusted prices for ramen, noodles, salads, rice and other oriental delicacies. It also has menus to take to the plane. Dishes around € 10.
LA MORAGA, MÁLAGA
The prestigious chef Dani Garcia He opened this restaurant in the check-in room of the new terminal 3. Its situation before the security check makes it suitable to sit in it with companions. The formula consists of tapas or small portions at affordable prices. Tapas from € 5.
We don't say it, they say annual World Airport Awards. This year, the best culinary airport is Hong Kong, followed by Heathrow, Munich Airport, Singapore Changi and Amsterdam Schiphol. Singapore deserves this fourth place for its complete culinary offer. It has everything. Since fast food to the more than excellent vegetarian offers and all kinds of restaurants of Asian and Western cuisine highlighting the sushi stalls, lounges, even Irish bars and bistros!
This article has been published in the number 57 of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
La Moraga, the creation of Dani García at Malaga Airport © La Moraga