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United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Please note that this story was written before the start of the COVID pandemic but the lounge featured is still in operation.

Al I can think about at this hour after spending all day running around LA is a shower. As we have arrived around 8pm the staff gently remind us that the dining room closes at 9pm while the shower suites close at 9.30pm. Eat or shower? It's a tough one.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

We quickly order our meals. Our group orders Paper Plane cocktails made with Amaro, Aperol, bourbon and lemon juice with a tiny paper planes as well as glasses of Piper Heidsieck. The menu at each lounge changes according to each location and this one reflects the diversity of Los Angeles.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Pupusa

There are items like pupasas (masa cakes) with tomato concasse, cortido of cabbage, carrot, onion, oregano and lime juice and stuffed with sautéed soyrizo (a soy based chorizo) and Monterey Jack cheese. This is quite mild in flavour but once you add a bit of seasoning it's tasty.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad

The offerings are on the whole fresh and tasty. This ahi tuna nicoise salad has seared ahi tuna, mixed greens, fennel, a big scoop of olive tapenade, cherry tomatoes and a boiled egg.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Fried Halloumi & Shaved Heirloom Salad

We also tried the pan fried halloumi salad with a pickled heirloom carrot shavings and a whole grain mustard vinaigrette.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Mexican Street Corn

There’s also Mexican street corn with buttered corn, tapatio mayo, cojita, cilantro and lime. Like the pupusa once it has seasoning added it's very tasty.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Hey it's LA so pizzas come as cauliflower crust pizzas. This one is topped with burrata, tomato, cauliflower florets and basil.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

United Polaris Burger

And of course the United Polaris burger makes an appearance. It's a beef patty with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled red onion, aioli, bacon and a fried egg on a brioche bun with sweet potato fries. It hits the spot and I can see why it's so popular.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Adobo Roasted Chicken Breast

Out of everything though my pick is the spiced adobo chicken breast with a timbale of chimichurri rice, pickled red onion and roasted plantains. The chicken is moist with a lot of flavour and we give it extra points considering we arrived just as the kitchen was about to close.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Double Chocolate Skillet Cookie

And dessert wise we can’t resist ordering the signature skillet cookie. It's a double chocolate skillet cookie with vanilla ice cream and orange blossom white chocolate sauce.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Chocolate, Cinnamon and Habanero Pudding

I adore the chocolate habanero cinnamon pudding that is aromatically spicy.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

If the dining room is full as it is quite small, the buffet offers a tasty range of food like matcha pudding trifles with red bean, bbq chicken salad sliders, adorably cute campfire cupcakes and snap pea, watermelon, radish and feta salad.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

I quickly have a shower - it’s best to put your name in the line before 9pm to ensure that you get a shower because if there are no showers available at 9:30pm then you will miss out and there are only six showers available.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

The bathrooms are spacious with plenty of room to get dressed. They have all the basic amenities like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap and lotion and any additional items like hair straighteners, vanity kits and dental kits etc can be requested by the staff.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Each shower had two types of shower heads and I enjoy washing off the grime from the day out with the loofah provided. The sink taps work automatically and there are slippers and Saks fifth avenue towels and mats.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

Next to the six showers are two sleep suites where guests can have a 45 minute nap. In each sleep suite is a clock, eye mask, sleep spray and water.

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

There’s also a larger lounge area with a bar attached to it past the fruit and hydration station. This offers tea, water, juices and fruit. After my shower I am fed, watered and clean and ready for the flight home.

So tell me Dear Reader, if given a choice of eating or showering before a flight, which would you choose? Do you have a favourite airline lounge?

United Los Angeles Polaris Business Class Lounge review

NQN was a guest of United Airlines but all opinions remain her own.

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