The ANA Lounge at Narita Airport
Hey thanks for the tip! The ANA lounge at Narita really is better than United's Red Carpet Club. It was huge, and featured not only a sake bar in the back, but also a noodle bar on the other side. Now, the noodle bar selection was fairly limited, with only three toppings for your soba or udon. The bowls were small, and my noodles were a tad overcooked. But heck, it was free, and at least it was a proper little soba shop window rather than just leaving some self-serve noodles out in a buffet spread for you to pick up. One can't help but smile at the little ANA logo on the slice of kamaboko fish cake too.
If one really wanted to make a comparison, I suppose that a weaker part of the ANA lounge is the lack of H2O-branded toiletries that United provides for its showers. If one wants both fancy soap and noodles, then it does present a bit of a conundrum. But I don't care about the soap, so I'll definitely make the extra effort of heading all the way down to Satellite 5's big ANA lounge. Besides, they have the cool Japanese beer machine that United has too.