I started off with a glass of champagne (of course). They had Perrier Jouet, which was just fine by me. For those that are fascinated by pictures of airplane menus, here are some pretty bad pictures of the menu itself:
I started with the dill potatoes and cheddar, manchego and cashews. I found the dill potatoes fine, but I really enjoyed the cheese and cashews. Both cheeses were very enjoyable. We had taken off late and the service was a bit slow further back in the cabin, so I was pretty hungry at this point and asked for a second serving of the cheese. Based on the quality of the food to come after, this may have been a small tactical error on my part.
The next plate was probably the one I enjoyed best. It was cold lobster with sushi-grade salmon and prosciutto. I asked for, and received freshly steamed rice alongside cooked to perfection. Everything on this plate was exquisite. I saved some space by not eating the salad on this plate.
While the sea bass sounded nice, I decided to try the filet. This was a bit of a test, since I usually avoid steaks on airplanes. They’re generally overcooked for my taste. This filet, however, was exceptional. Hands down the best piece of beef I’ve ever had at 35,000 feet.
I’m not a big filet guy, prefer the more flavorful strip steak. But, the butter and Demi that accompanied the filet were perfect compliments. The steak really was just about tender enough to cut with a fork. And, it was the closest to my desired temperature of any steak I’ve ever had on an airplane. The potatoes were a fine, if somewhat uninspiring accompaniment after my delight over the steak.
I asked for a Spanish red wine they had on the list, but they didn’t have it. The closest thing was a French red blend that I couldn’t identify. It was fine, but overly tannic for my tastes.
I finished up with the Panna Cotta. Not sure it was because I was stuffed or not, but it was just okay.
When I woke up later I wasn’t terribly hungry. So, while I was offered a second meal, I declined. Overall, a solid meal with a couple of real crowd pleasers.