Review: Kyushu Karnival – Dining at Seikai Beppu

Introduction
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
KA 380 HKG – FUK 333 J
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Seikai Beppu
Dining at Seikai Beppu
Exploring Beppu
Hoteiya Yufu City
Dining at Hoteiya Yufu City
Exploring Yufuin
Lounge Fukuoka Fukuoka
KA 381 FUK – HKG 333 J

Disclosure: Apologies, but part of why this post took so long is because my WiFi suddenly slowed down. While it used to take 5 seconds to load a picture, it now takes 1-2 minutes. I have no idea why and am looking into it. Thanks for your patience!

Update: WiFi fixed. 😀

The food at both ryokans I stayed in were phenomenal. That said, I wanted to provide a food critic’s view of the food as well as a traveler’s view of it (i.e. amazingly awesome). Well, this installment is mostly for the pictures since if I added it to the rest of the hotel report, it could jam your computer (due to the amount of pictures).

All three restaurants (including the two that I tried) at Seikai Beppu were available for dinner. For the first night I tried Gen, Seikai’s signature restaurant, and the second night I tried Eitaro, Seikai’s seafood restaurant. Both delivered.

We ate at Eitaro both mornings (as it was the only restaurant available for breakfast).

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Seikai Beppu Eitaro Restaurant

The first night at Gen, we were served by a Chinese lady. She was nice, but it turned out sometimes she was describing the dishes wrong, so points gone for that.

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Seikai Beppu Gen Menu

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Why I need WiFi

For the first night at the Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai WiFi has been decent.

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Tonight the WiFi situation has been downright abysmal, and has kept disconnecting (and I actually have to open the door repeatedly to catch the signal).

Let me first say that I paid CNY60 for each day of WiFi, which isn’t too cheap (and I’m not happy about it, even though I need it), and this WiFi quality is unacceptable given the price.

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Dragonair A330-300 New Economy Class

Nihao from Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai! I came to Shanghai this morning on Dragonair, and I’m happy to say that I had the new economy product, which I’ve always wanted to try but thwarted my own chances.

I’d seen and tested out the seat before, but this was the first time I actually got intimate with familiarized with the seat.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Ground Services

Second to none.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Seat

Dragonair’s new A330 Economy is identical to Cathay’s A330 and 777 economy, as well as the airline’s own A321 Economy.

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Unfortunately, I was stuck in one of the middle seats, 44F, and my seatmate on the right was one of the chunkiest and most sizeable people I’d seen, as well as the most clueless (more on that later).

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The cloth used for the seats didn’t feel scratchy at all, and the seat was well padded. I’d take this over Singapore’s A380 seats (which I took in 2010) any day, and over EVA’s A330-200 seats (really, those are the only two comparable seats, regardless if I’ve taken them or not).

Also, I love seats with an extra layer of padding (as opposed to just padding over the seat wrapped with cloth), and this seat delivered.

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Well padded and with sizeable recline, I’d have no big problem with the seat over a 10 hour period (maybe that’s all I can stand the seat), let alone a two hour flight.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Headphones

Unfortunately, the headphones haven’t changed, as they looked crap. Fortunately, though they feel kinda tight on your ears, they work pretty well.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Class IFE

Dragonair, Dragonair, Dragonair. Keep the touchscreen, but don’t scrap the remote control. My screen kept malfunctioning and I couldn’t watch The Fault in Our Stars even though if I wanted to.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Class Meals

All Dragonair lacked in their meals today was presentation. The fish I had on my flight was fresh tasting, flaky and the linguine was spiced with olive oil too.

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With the pumpkin and prawn salad we were served, it was a ugly business class meal. Yum.

Dragonair A330 New Economy Class Service

Bottom line on service? It was the most unpolished flight I’d had throughout the year, and with Air New Zealand also running for that title, there’s some competition on that title. The staff were nice, but even the purser, I have to say, was clueless. More on that later.

Bottom line on Dragonair A330 New Economy Class

A strong comfortable product with a few flaws to correct. I’d definitely fly them again in the future, but wouldn’t exactly look forward to my flights as much as I looked forward to this one on them anymore.

Expect a full report soon.