In terms of food magazines, Saveur is one of the top names in the business. As a subscriber, I get the latest issue as soon as they ship and I was elated to see that March’s “Five To Try” segment was about “Luscious Layovers.” I would have preferred if they consulted Fly&Dine for some help, but Jen Polacheck and Elizabeth Childers put together a terrific list of five great airports around the world with exceptional food and I’ve been hungry ever since I read it. So who made the cut? Here are Saveur’s Luscious Layovers:
1. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG): Saveur calls out chef Lau Wai-Hung of Hung’s Delicacies serving marinated sliced goose out of T2’s big-time mall.
2. Sydney International (SYD): Got excited about the new Petrossian Caviar shop at LAX? Take that excitement down under with you and hit Australia’s sole outpost of Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar in Sydney. Just be forewarned: if bugs are on the menu, they’re not talking about insects — they’re a variety of rock lobster.
3. Salzburg Airport W.A. Mozart (SZG): Pop-up restaurants? Yesterday’s news. Restaurant Ikarus in Hangar-7 has pop-up chefs. Each month, a new chef steps in and takes over the kitchen. In March, it’s La Grenouillere’s Alexandre Gauthier and he’s definitely not serving burgers.
4. San Francisco International (SFO): Terminal 2 is where it’s at inside SFO and the Saveur folks point to Live Fire Pizza (inside Napa Farms Market) as their pick. The butcher block pizza gets a shout-out for it’s meat lover’s arrangement of pancetta, salami, pepperoni, chorizo, and cheese from nearby Napa Valley. It sure beats Sbarro.
5. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN): Singapore is known for its amazing night markets and street food. Why should the airport be any different?
Have you eaten in any of these airports? I’d love to know what your experience was like.