I must admit I’ve never been a fan of airline food, to the point that I’d rather go hungry then risk the cold bread roll and mystery meat. So when Qantas invited me to sample their new Domestic Dinner Boxes, I was cautiously optimistic!
Qantas promises their new menu will bring improved quality, more generous servings (up to 50% more), more choice (with the option of a hot meal or salad and increased variety) and more convenient (how annoying can trays be when you’re trying to read/work?!)
My tummy was rumbling and I eagerly surveyed the menu of delicious-sounding options. And was curious to see how they would be reinvented for flying.
To start we had Japanese slaw with poached chicken, ginger and sesame seeds, farfalle pesto salad with proscuitto and toasted hazelnuts and a lentil, quinoa and falafel salad with feta and pomegranate dressing (a great option for the often-neglected vegetarian travellers).
I was actually blown away by these salads, all 3 were flavourful and satisfying with my favourite being the farfalle pesto salad.
Next up was beer battered flathead fillets with spiced wedges and lemon and beef with oyster sauce, shallots, red capsicums and Hokkien noodles. I must admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the beef noodle dish, but the beer battered fish and wedges were divine.
Followed by butter chicken with basmati rice and naan bread. The chicken was moist and tender and i enjoyed mopping up the sauce with naan.
And then to top off the meal, a Lindt ball. My favourite!
Each box is adorned with gorgeous drawings by illustrator Nicole Falleiro, and provides a quick and easy way for the Qantas Cabin Crew to serve the food and clean up.
So what’s my verdict? I was genuinely impressed with all the dishes, and they are certainly a huge improvement from the normal airplane food. I look forward to flying with Qantas again soon to try these dishes in the air!
Love Swah sampled the domestic dinner boxes courtesy of Qantas