The Qantas First Class lounge in LAX serves as the first class lounge for all OneWorld passengers. To have access you need to have Emerald status with a OneWorld carrier or be flying first class on a 3 cabin international or transcontinental OneWorld flight. Since I was flying first class on a 3 cabin transcontinental flight I had access.
Since I hadn’t eaten in a while I headed straight to the back where there is a full service restaurant. The food is definitely restaurant quality and I’d definitely have no problem paying $50+ for a similar spot in LA. I love when lounges offer restaurant quality table service for free.
To start I ordered a prosciutto and grilled peach appetizer. The prosciutto was really good and paired really well with the peaches.
Next I ordered a spicy tomato soup. It was decent but not spicy at all. Like zero spice.
From there I ordered the braised lamb dish that was very good. Again I’d have more complaints about the description of it than the actual dish which was top class.
I followed that with a cheese plate which had a Point Reyes blue, a goat and Saint Andre triple cream (similar to brie).
And to finish I had the ice cream sundae with lychee, pineapple, and toasted coconut and an espresso martini (for the caffeine of course).
After dinner I walked through the lounge before going to check out the business class lounge. The views leave a bit to be desired. As much as I loved this lounge it didn’t really have nice views of the tarmac or terminal.
With a full service restaurant and bar as well as plenty of comfortable seating it is a comfortable place to spend a few hours. It was also never full while I was there. Not a ghost town, which I don’t like either, but never crowded.
Overall the Qantas first class lounge is spectacular. Foremost the food is really good. They had a broad menu with many tempting items. It also had a fairly exclusive feel, especially because it was never crowder during my stay. The business class lounge on the other hand, while a ‘cooler’ space, tends to get overly crowded. It makes sense as many of these flights have 8 first class seats and 60 business class seats. The Qantas First Class lounge has is my favorite domestic lounge I’ve been in so far and I don’t see it being dethroned anytime soon.