I actually love airline meals. It’s true! There is something about getting a restaurant-quality meal served in a metal tube barreling through the sky at 600 mile per hour that really appeals to me. I’ve flown about 100,000 miles this year and unquestionably the best catering I had on all those flights and all those carriers goes to Turkish Airlines. They’ve really improved — when I first flew them in 2008 the food was nowhere near the quality it is today. Big kudos to THY!
Best short haul meal: Turkish Airlines, Istanbul – Cairo. A quick 750-mile flight across the Mediterranean with multiple, beautiful courses (Turkish appetizers; stuffed zucchini; filet mignon and chicken medallion with mustard and curry sauce), and great wine. I’ll never forget this meal: I was still drinking wine as we touched down at Cairo International Airport. Fortunately I was wearing a black suit because I had to protect it from spillage!
Best medium haul meal: Cathay Pacific, Vancouver – New York. Hong Kong style chicken curry with steamed jasmine rice and kailan. Cathay nails the food. The only problem is this red-eye is so short that you feel a need to woof all the delicious food down too quickly so you can head to bed.
Best long haul meal: Lufthansa, Frankfurt – New York. Despite its appearance, this meal was actually really delicious. Beef goulash with root vegetables and herb Spätzle.
And you knew there had to be a worst, which goes to this rubbery breakfast on Air Canada’s Newark – Vancouver nonstop. It’s too bad, because among North American airlines they usually have some of the best food. Let’s face it: breakfast is tough (though Turkish seems have it figured out both in-flight and in their lounge!).
What meals did you have and enjoy – or not?