Lounge Review: Emirates Lounge Singapore (Terminal 1)

[Update: The Emirates Lounge in Changi Airport has been refurbished. Please refer to this review for the latest version.]

On my last trip to Melbourne, I flew on Emirates (EK404) but as a result of my Gold Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer and their brotherly (or sisterly) relationship, got priority baggage handling (which means getting it first at Melbourne and beating the queue) and an Emirates Lounge invitation. 

Emirates Lounge Singapore

The Emirates Lounge is located in Terminal 1 of Singapore Changi Airport on level 3 in the Departure Transit Lounge. The lounge accepts passengers from Emirates First / Business Class and EK Gold Skywards members. There are different seat configurations and ample seats that will cater to different group sizes.

Boarding calls are available in this lounge. LCD Screens with boarding information and timings are also available throughout the lounge. Like most airport lounges, complimentary WiFi is provided for. While I have heard bad things previously about the WiFi speed here, it seems like they have upgraded it pretty recently as I did not have any issues with it. There's also a self-serve bar at the end of the walkway where you can pour yourself a drink or two. Just make sure you have your favourite cocktail recipe in hand or just Google it if you have to! 

The food option at the Emirates Lounge was rather extensive, featuring a variety of hot and cold food items. Some of the cold items were nicely plated for an individual portion but most of it is typical of a buffet. The desserts were quite beautifully presented but were rather dry. I guess most Emirates Lounge patrons are not dessert lovers. 

Personally, I was pretty impressed with the quality of hot food served at the Emirates Lounge. I had the most generous and beautifully cooked serving of fish here. Local delights such as satay and fried rice were also available for travellers who were already missing the local cuisine. 

The Emirates Lounge in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 was not particularly glamourous like the Qantas Singapore Lounge in terms of décor but it definitely made up with the quality of food here. If I had to be stuck in an airport lounge for a bit, I will probably choose the Qantas Singapore Lounge given my Gold status with Qantas Frequent Flyer but if it's a short one, I will most definitely choose the Emirates Lounge for its delicious selection of food.