Sometimes, the only bonus of being a vegetarian on a flight is receiving your ‘special’ meal before anyone else.
As someone who loves to jet set (especially the types of trips requiring long flights) and as a big fan of good food, the quality of airline meals is a pretty important factor for me when I’m booking travel.
Today I visited Qantas‘ impressive headquarters in Sydney to sample their new economy inflight dinner boxes and let me tell you, it’s a heck of a step up from the food you will have had before on a domestic flight.
We started with the cold salads and as the vegetarian diner, I was able to try all the veg options. I admit it was a lot fresher and lighter than I expected – like something you would buy from a salad bar or deli. They were all quite good – my favourite was the crunchy slaw.
Dishes from left:
- Japanese slaw with ginger and sesame seeds
- Farfalle pesto salad with toasted hazelnuts
- Lentil, quinoa and falafel salad with beetroot, feta and pomegranate dressing
So that your dinner takes up less room and can be delivered to your seat faster, they’ve done away with bulky trays and are serving the meals in boxes – window faced for cold salads – and the packaging is designed to withstand oven heat and to not get soggy and leak (dry lap bonus).
Moving away from the traditional red that is synonymous with Qantas, the intricate blue packaging designs were done in-house, representing their ‘Think Fresh’ food focus.
The hot vegetarian meals I sampled was a hokkien noodle dish with shallots, red capsicum and edamame, wedges with lemon and a lentil and eggplant curry with naan and white rice.
I was pretty impressed with the quality and freshness of the meals and the options available for vegetarians – they’ve clearly taken the time to think about delivering a more enjoying inflight experience. It’s great to see an airline stepping it up and not just for the folk in first and business class!
So friends, what do you think of these veg options – are these the kind of dishes you’d enjoy on a flight?
vegeTARAian sampled domestic dinner boxes courtesy of Qantas