Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Por Kee Eating House
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Cathay Pacific Business Class SIN-HKG
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX
Los Angeles to Taipei
Leave 3:50 PM, arrive 10:50 PM + 1 day
Upon entering the Tom Bradley Internation Terminal at LAX, there is a separate check-in area for those flying Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class and Eva Airlines Infinity Miles Gold Status. Although there were customers being helped we were quickly helped by another representative manning another desk. Check-in was quick and efficient. We went through security for first class and business class passengers, which was great since there was hardly a line.
At the gate, there are separate entrances for business and economy classes, but there were many passengers trying to board all at once despite the militant demeanor of some of the gate agents.
Upon boarding, we were warmly greeted by the crew and shown to our seats. Since we were sitting in the mini-cabin we made a right turn upon entering. The mini-cabin was empty which allowed for some picture taking. We chose the last row of seats, 11D and 11G. Although I have read some bad reviews of these seats, lucky at One Mile At A Time also sat in the last row on his flight from Taipei to San Francisco and seemed to enjoy the experience, so that helped in making a decision. Although the reverse herringbone seats are angled slightly towards each other, there is enough privacy if sitting in the middle seats next to a stranger thanks to the privacy shield between the seats.
Waiting at my seat was a pillow and blanket.
There was also a pair of noise cancelling headphones which really did not do a good job of reducing outside noise.
There was also a pair of slippers waiting in one of the storage compartments.
The seat controls are rather easy to use and fairly intuitive.
The entertainment remote, electrical outlet, USB plug, reading light and headphone plug in are conveniently located.
Once boarding was winding down, we were asked if we wanted a pair of pajamas to which I accepted. They run slightly on the larger side, but are comfortable and aren’t too warm.
We were offered a packaged refreshing wet towel which is actually a towel inside of the package, along with a pre-departure beverage whose choices included water, orange juice or champagne.
We were then handed menus. I had already pre-selected my meals online but it was nice to see what the other options were. Although Eva Airlines no longer serves Dom Perignon in business class, the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 was also a nice choice. Right as were ready for pushback, it was at this point that I noticed that I didn’t have my watch on. I frantically checked my pockets and carry-on luggage to no avail. I asked my wife if she happened to pick up my watch somewhere as she thinks it’s rather humorous to take my things such as phone or keys, hide them and then watch me search for them. Since she knew this was a serious thing she said that she hadn’t seen it or taken it. We called over one of the flight attendants and asked them if it was possible to call the lounge to see if the lounge attendant at the shower suites had seen my watch. She quickly went to the cockpit but came back and told me it was not possible until we were up in the air. Once we were up in the air, they were able to follow-up with the lounge. The lounge attendant did find my watch and thankfully turned it in to the lost and found. The flight attendant told me that they were going to send my watch on the next flight and I would be able to pick it up at the airport or gate on my connecting flight. Having a nine hour layover turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Feeling relieved and suddenly more relaxed, I order a Diet Coke and a glass of Veuve Cliquot once we were in the air. A small ramekin of arare (Japanese rice crackers) was also served.
The entertainment system features a large screen with a pretty decent entertainment selection. I found enough variety to watch a few movies during the flight.
Meal service began with a cured Scottish Sea Trout, which was tender and flavorful. It came with a small salad. A nice way to begin the meal.
Next was the soup course, consisting of pumpkin soup with cream and chives. The delicate pumpkin flavor was not lost with the cream and chives. The soup had a velvety texture and was another nice dish.
The salad consisted of field greens, radishes and rather long shaving of carrot. The salad was doused in dressing, but the greens were fresh and crisp.
I had selected the Oriental Lobster in Ginger and Spring Onion Sauce with Seasonal Vegetables and Egg Fried Rice. The lobster was cooked well and was rather tender. Only the tail and one claw was served, so the portion was on the smaller side.
I skipped the cheese course and was kind of surprised when the “fruit course” was a whole apple on a plate. I also passed on the ice or pecan tart.
Once dinner service was completed, the main cabin lights were turned down and the “stars” came out at night to help get a good nights sleep.
I was able to sleep for about five hours, a record for me on a plane. Once awake a flight attendant asked if I was interested in partaking in the snack menu. I decided to go with the hamburger, which was actually not too bad. Although a little on the dry side, with enough mustard I was able to eat it. The fries were surprisingly fairly crisp as well.
Breakfast began with a generous fruit course, which was ripe and pretty sweet.
The Shrimp and Lemon Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce sort of looked like a hot mess with the thick blob of tomato sauce drowning the two ravioli. The ravioli were tender but missing was the shrimp. They must have been on strike that day. The boiled root vegetables did not add much to the dish.
The rest of the flight was uneventful. Upon landing we were thanked for flying Eva Airlines. I was advised to go to the customer service desk for more information regarding my watch. The customer service people were very friendly and helpful. There seems to be somewhat of a language barrier, as they kept telling me that I would need to come back to the customer service desk before my next flight to pick up my watch, but then told me that the watch would be waiting for me at the gate. This transpired a few times. In the end I decided to get to the airport early to check-in and then try and find out more information about my watch. I am eternally grateful to the shower suite lounge attendant at the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge at LAX for finding and turning in my watch to the lost and found, and also to Eva Airlines for getting my watch on the next flight to Taipei so that it would be there before my next flight. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty!