London’s airports are a microcosm of hell with their endless snaking mutating lines, ridiculous carry on baggage rules and devotion to tiny bottles of toiletries in plastic bags, shoes, belts and everything else off. Heathrow’s shiny new Terminal 5 was supposed to be an antidote to all this but a storm of bad publicity when the terminal opened meant it looked like London’s airport hell continued. So I was pleased to discover T5 is actually not that bad, sure it is no London City (my favourite London airport) but it does have one thing over London City, Gordon Ramsay Plane Food.
The bar at Plane Food
Love him or hate him, Ramsay’s Plane Food is a welcome addition to an airport dining scene which mainly consists of chains like Pret and Giraffe. Of course there is no chance that Ramsay himself is manning the stoves but the brasserie style restaurant is the sort you would be happy enough to eat at even if you were not a virtual captive at an airport. The restaurant is through security at T5 and has views of the runway. The space is dominated by the soaring windows and a long marble bar which is ideal for solo diners.
MTV boyfriend and I tried out the breakfast menu starting with a decent enough cappuccino (£3.25) and tea (£3.25). Yoghurt with toasted muesli and fresh berries (£5) was a good light option and I liked how all the components were served separately so I could mix it up to my own tastes. The Eggs Benedict (£7) was served on a lightly toasted muffin with slices of good quality ham and two softly poached eggs slathered in creamy hollandaise sauce.
Service is efficient and speedy which is just what you want in a restaurant at the airport and there is also a departures board so you can keep an eye on your flight. The restaurant also does snack boxes for the plane for £11.95 and given the almost inedible food I was served by Britain’s national carrier on my 12 hour flight I really wished I had invested in one. Airport hell had morphed into airline hell.
Yoghurt and muesli
Details: Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, Hounslow TW6 2GA (Ph 020 8897 4545)
Damage: Reasonable. £20 for breakfast for two although the £1.50 cover charge was a bit rich.
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