Review: P.F Changs LAX (Priority Pass Restaurant)

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LAX has some really wonderful lounges. Prior to my EVA Air flight, I had access to the star alliance gold lounge due to Star Alliance Gold status, however, I was traveling with family, and that consisted of more than 1 guest which was beyond the max allowance.

So there were two priority pass lounges in Tom Bradley International Terminal. First was the Korean Air Business Class Lounge which was closed after 7pm to make room for KE’s own premium/elite passengers. The other was a restaurant that could be used which was the PF Chang’s restaurant.

To get to PF changs, simply cross security. Once you pass security and walk across the bridge to the departures side, turn right and you’ll see an escalator along with signage that leads to the lounges.

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Go up the escalators and the restaurant is literally right in front of you.

Here’s how using priority pass at participating restaurants works:

  1. For 1 visit, you get $30 off your bill. Any amount that exceeds $30 you have to pay out of your own pocket
  2. If you have a guest, you can use another visit and get an additional $30 off for a total of $60 off the whole bill
  3. This is only specific to PF Chang’s at LAX, you can only use this restaurant once in a day.
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PF Changs

Now this was interesting. So we lined up to put our name in for seating. Once we got to the front, they said they weren’t taking any more names for the night because they were so full they had to close an hour early and only the bar was open. I wasn’t interested but my dad sat at bar and was served drinks which he put on the priority pass tab. That was fine and paid for without issues through priority pass. The as I’m sitting in one of the waiting seats, I hear a bunch of waiters chatting and the chat went something like this:

Waiter #1: “I heard they weren’t taking any more names since the place was full”

waiter #2: “Are you sure its full I only have like 6 names on my list that’s not possible”

waiter #1: “Yeah I’m not too sure, I finished serving all my tables and I’m ready for the next”.

Hearing this I didn’t want to mention it but I went back to the front desk and tried again and to my surprise, they took my name! They also handed a small slip of paper only for priority pass payers it seems. After 20 minutes we were seated in this section which was on the open side facing the terminal.

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seats

There were some other seating and waiting areas throughout the area where PF chang’s was.

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waiting area

I don’t know what the rest of this area was exactly supposed to be since there weren’t that many people sitting anywhere here.

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waiting area

I should note that This PF Chang’s was a little less nicely decorated than the usual PF changs but this was an airport location so I wasn’t too hung up on that.

Here is the menu for your perusal.

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So amongst us all we ordered Rice, Chang’s Spicy Chicken, and Singapore Street Noodles to share.

I also got some hot water. I was surprised they served it in a paper cup so that’s that.

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rice
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Chang’s Spicy Chicken

The chang’s spicy chicken was very very flavorful. I wouldn’t call it spicy, though I am Indian and with the home food I eat on a daily basis, my judgment may be a bit clouded. In either case the dish was really tasty and I guess you could say it had a slight punch to it in terms of spice.

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Singapore Street Noodles

The Singapore Street noodles were also really flavorful. This was especially rich in flavor and we all enjoyed both dishes.

Overall, the two dishes were tasty and came under the $60 limit for two guests. You can even have more than two people sitting at the table, but you can register at most two guests with a single priority pass card.

Of course, I would love to sample every dish on the menu but that simply isn’t possible so I hope this at least gives you a sense of what the space is like, the setup, and some of the food dishes. I suppose if I returned here, I would try something new, and update this post with the new items tried. It is very possible you sit down, eat a full meal, and walk out without paying a penny, though I do recommend tipping the server since priority pass being a form of payment does take away the inclination to tip them which is basically extra revenue for them.

Would I use Priority Pass here again if I didn’t have a lounge to use? Of course, the food is great! But if I had a lounge to use, I’d probably use that first.

 

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