Not so plane food…
Pardon the pun, but as you may have guessed, this post is about that infamous, hospital-esque aeroplane food you get when you’re on a long haul flight. Well, I am happy to tell you that Etihad Airways have astounded me with their really good quality food and also their excellent choice. We had a fairly decent breakfast of scrambled egg with potato, chicken sausage and tomatoes, along side a lovely, organic Yeo Valley strawberry yoghurt and a selection of fruits and jams. I was a little apprehensive at how they’d manage to pull off a reheated scrambled egg, but I was impressed – it was creamy and well cooked, the chicken sausage being a welcome change from pork and the tomato was absolutely delicious, a brilliant, strong flavour.
Our next meal was a Monty;s Bakehouse pizza which was fairly average. It was greasy and in an awkward container, the base of the pizza sticking to the bottom. Our choices were either chicken neapolitan or mushroom, but the problem was that the chicken neapolitan had olives on, and as I was travelling with someone who didn’t like olives, we stopped at a burger king on the way through Abu Dhabi to fight off the hunger.
Our evening meal was by far the show stopper. Our flight was from Abu Dhabi to Cochin, and we were offered all sorts of different curries, including a chicken biryani, a mutton vindaloo and a paneer cheese curry. I opted for the vindaloo, as I had never had one before, and it was absolutely delicious; the best aeroplane dinner I’ve ever had. The rice was cooked to perfection and the yam curry served alongside it had a delicate yet flavoursome taste. The mutton wasn’t tough at all and it tasted very authentic. It was served alongside a chickpea salad which was lacking in flavour somehow, possibly needing a little more salt or spice sprinkled on top, a delicious crusty roll and a cardamom spiced semolina pudding topped with sliced almonds. Although I’m not a fan of cardamom, I would definitely attempt to make this at home.
Overall, the food served on our Etihad flights was of a good standard and they have left me desperate to start my food journey into India and beyond.