On our last day in London, we took a cab to the airport. Malaysia Airlines relocated to Heathrow Terminal 4 since a couple of years back. Definitely missing the good duty free shopping in Terminal 3. The MAS check-in counters are located right at the end of the terminal. This time, we will be taking Business Class. Although it's my second time being on business class, but this is my first time being on Business Class for A380. The check-in counter was OK. I remembered when they were still in Terminal 3, they had a carpet on the floor that says "Business Class" or some sort, which gives one the feeling of being important, or at least that's how I felt back then.
London sky at 8.55pm in May from MAS Golden Lounge
After security etc. we did some obligatory duty free shopping before proceeding to MAS Golden Lounge. The lounge looked modern, very well lit and has a moderate selection of food, which is good for anyone wanting to have some light meal before flying. In comparison, the previous lounge in Terminal 3 was quite dull. It had dim illumination and didn't boast a good view of the airport runway. So up till this stage, all is good.
We boarded the plane at 9.25pm. Once seated, refreshments were served within 5 minutes along with a warm towel. I chose Ruby Passion (the glass with red coloured drink in the photo above), which was the airline's signature drink concocted from tea flavoured with calamansi juice and tropical spices. The taste was special and refreshing.
MAS 2013 Business Class Amenity Bag
Some of the stuff I still keep from my MAS 2009 Business Class Amenity Bag. I doubt the toothpaste or cool mint can still be used!
Our plane took off at 10pm. Not long after take off, each of us were given a Tumi-branded Amenity Bag with lots of goodies from Clarins. Too bad, I'm not too fond of this brand. In comparison to the old one back in 2009, the 2013 bag had more products. In terms of quality, I preferred the 2009 version better. In fact, I'm still keeping the old comb in my handbag. The gold-beige tone used for the amenity bag, sleep mask and socks made the products looked more luxurious.
In terms of in-flight entertainment, the screen was massive! I can't even reach the screen no matter how much I stretch my hands from my seat. So that pretty much describes how spacious the seats were. On Boeing 747, they had touch screen in Business Class. I can't remember if they have in on A380. Never mind.
We had our orders for our mains taken at 10.55pm. Supper service started at 11.10pm. Before our meal, cold towels were handed out for us to freshen up. We also had one more round of drinks as well as a packet of premium mixed nuts (I preferred the salted peanuts from economy class though!). The orange juice served was proper fresh orange juice with pulp rather than those from concentrate. Not long after that, the flight attendant served us their Award-Winning Satay served with peanut sauce, cucumber and nasi himpit. They have chicken or beef option. I went for both. The meat from the skewers were very flavourful, probably from hours of marinating.
Once we were done with our satay, we were handed a cold towel each before having another round of appetizer. This time we were served Smoked Salmon with salmon roe, radicchio, frisee and orange vinaigrette, accompanied by a garlic rosemary bread roll. The smoked salmon was one of the best, if not the best I've tasted so far. It was that good. The fish was very fresh and doesn't come with extra fishy aftertaste. I'm guessing these are how premium smoked salmon should taste like.
We had our mains served at 12.00am. Mum ordered Braised Chicken Thigh in Sweet Tomato Gravy served with tomato rice and stir fried mixed vegetables with turmeric and mustard seed. This dish was just mediocre at its best. It could have been better.
Dad ordered Pan Fried Salmon Fillet with crumbled potato cakes, broccoli, roasted vine tomatoes, horseradish cream and grain mustard sauce. Since he was seated quite far from me, I didn't get to try his dish. So I can't comment much. It does look yummy though.
As for myself, I ordered Grilled Rib Eye of Beef with potato souffle, asparagus, roasted vine tomatoes and hollandaise sauce. The potato souffle tasted strange. It kind of reminded me of goats cheese for some reason. I think of all the mains, dad's salmon looked most promising.
MAS used to promote their Teh Tarik in the national newspaper some 10 odd years ago, which got me really intrigue because I love airline food even though most of the time they don't taste as good as I would have hoped for. I forgot to order this beverage the last time I was in Business Class. So I made sure that I remember this time. The Teh Tarik was rich, frothy, creamy, and most importantly, not overly sweet just like how I like it. Apart from the Fresh Fruits, the flight attendant also offered me a Banoffee Tart to end the supper. Being a dessert person, it was hard to say "No" although I was filled to the brim by then. The filling was good but the tart shell was a little soggy.
Mood lighting after supper service
After the supper service ended, we were given another round of warm towel. Seemed like we were getting bottomless supply of warm towels. Haha...
The lights were dimmed by 12.35pm, which gives us this relaxing mood lighting, whilst enjoying the in-flight entertainment before snoozing off.
Speaking of that, the seats were more comfortable than Boeing-747's simply because the flat bed seats could recline up to 180 degrees, whereas the latter were a little angled, thus giving one the feeling of falling forward whilst lying flat. Along with the feather filled pillow and comfy duvet, I slept very well throughout the journey, which also meant that I watched lesser movies than I normally would.
When I woke up mid flight, the flight attendant offered me a glass of orange juice whist I was picking some snacks at the galley. He also recommended their Gourmet Sandwich which consisted of a baguette loaf filled with beef, mixed lettuce, gherkin and kalamata olive skewer. I didn't like the Gourmet Sandwich too much. I found the baguette and beef to be a tad chewy for my liking.
After some more sleep and in-flight entertainment, the mood lighting came up when it was almost time for breakfast service. This time, it changed to orange hues to simulate the sunlight perhaps?
The flight attendant came round to take our orders at 8.38am (UK time). At 9.05am, breafast service commenced. Before that, we were given another round of hot towels. For starters, we were served Orange juice, Fresh fruits as well as a bowl of Muesli. I also had a Croissant which was served warm.
For the mains, mum had Vanilla Pancakes with grilled pineapple, strawberry and maple syrup. It was okay but didn't make much of an impression. I think anyone can make this at home by themselves.
Dad had Stir Fried Chinese Noodles with beef strips, carrot, braised siew pak choy and garlic oyster sauce. It looked quite dry and bland from the photo. Not sure if it tastes good. I doubt so.
As for myself, I had their signature Nasi Lemak with rice cooked in coconut milk served with spicy prawn sambal and traditional accompaniments. One can never go wrong with this Nasi Lemak dish.
To end the meal, I asked for Hot Honey Lemon drink. I thoroughly enjoyed the drink which was freshly made rather than coming out from a sachet. I was very impressed indeed. Mum had Hot Milo which she gave thumbs up as well. As a matter of fact, I think I enjoyed the drinks more than the mains for the entire flight journey.
After a 12-hour journey from London Heathrow, we landed safely at KLIA. The flight attendant even joked that I have been shopping a lot as I was about the leave the flight with my bags. Overall, the MAS in-flight service was impeccable. I had a great time.