A mid-haul menu - actually edible!

Old Apr 30, 09, 6:58 am
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A mid-haul menu - actually edible!

After some fairly horrific experiences in the past with short haul, my recent LHR-DAM featured a much improved menu.:

Starter
Severn & Wye smoked salmon (really very good, tonnes of flavour and loads of it)
Asparagus and Berkswell cheese salad

Main Course
Chicken and freshwater crayfish pie with mushy peas
Roasted fillet of haddock with creamed leeks
Macaroni cheese with oyster mushrooms (excellent, cheese with a little onion sharpness)

Dessert
Cherry trifle (also good, not much sponge and decent cream)
Credit crunch ice cream

Cheese
Cooleeney
Blue Monday
Apple and Walnut chutney

A fine effort. The desserts were branded Hix (Mark Hix, a very celebrated chef) and the rest of the menu also showed his influence. An enormous improvement and comparable to my experience of long haul.

Wine List

Champagne Cattier Brut Antique Premier Cru (creamy and well balanced)

White
Chardonnay Collio Fiegl
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Ivory Deep Woods

Red
Mill Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Dalem Fronsac
MonVi Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio (a huge, gutsy fruity wine. Lovely and coped well with the altitude)

The menu card was very reminiscent of BA's current Club World offering with an Osbourne and Little inspired print.
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yuuuummmmmm......mushy peas......

Clearly they've made a very special effort to impress visiting dignatories.
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Originally Posted by Oxon Flyer View Post
Clearly they've made a very special effort to impress visiting dignatories.
Not sure I'd go as far as that...the menu looks the same as April 2009 LHR-EVN menu. I will double check this evening and post if different [though I do have pictures!].
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fish fish fish.
one out of 2 starters is fish. 2 out of the 3 mains is fish.
that to mean is not a good menu.
maybe chicken or beef option to.
to me that menu not great.
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But it is well presented and tastes good.
Interestingly I pre-ordered an AVML (Asian Vegetarian) which turned out to be:

Asparagus and Berkswell cheese salad



followed by
Macaroni cheese with oyster mushrooms (excellent, cheese with a little onion sharpness)



and
Credit crunch ice cream


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and in Y class? Probably the third degree burns inducing industrial cheese toasty or panini! You know the one that glows in the dark!
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Clearly they've made a very special effort to impress visiting dignatories.
The oh-so-secret FT Moderator VIP card works again.
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Shhhhhhh, or everyone will want one! And pass the fois gras!
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As mentioned above, the LHR-EVN food and wine menus are the same as above.
The EVN-TBS and TBS-EVN consists of "Your Choice of Drink".

The April 2009 EVN-LHR menu was:

Starter
Seasonal Salad (on this occasion it was spiral pasta with what seemed to be the same cheese type as on the outbound and some herbs plus one cherry tomato).
Smoked haddock Welsh rarebit



Main Course
Beef fillet in a thyme and Worcestershire sauce with carrots, creamed leeks and potatoes
Smoked haddock and salmon fish cake with sautéed vegetables
Baghani baingan curry with coriander rice, paneer and tikki (nice and quite light)



Dessert
Egg custard tart (and again, nice, though I suspect it wasn't made of free-range eggs)



No pork products are used in the preparation of the dishes.
All meats are Halal.

BMI-34-0185 0409 Communisis


The wine list was the same as the outbound (as LHR-DAM above), dated 29March09


clint79, do you like haddock?

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I didn't keep the menu for the return ALP-DAM-LHR, but can confirm that the food was bloody awful. Why are airline breakfasts always so bad?
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I think it's pre-programed into every caterer's menu system. That and they problably put a very low budget per head (as menus are built to a price).

Can't be worse than the chicken sausage I had once...
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Originally Posted by Kevincm View Post
Can't be worse than the chicken sausage I had once...
Ewwwww...Where's the vomit smiley when you need one?
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Originally Posted by Tiger_lily View Post
Ewwwww...Where's the vomit smiley when you need one?
Try:
Gate Gourmet c/o United Airlines
Odd food department (Rubber Omelet Section)
Heathrow Airport

I'm sure they have plenty of spare vomit smileys there

Almost enough to pine for a Pannini...
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Can't be worse than the chicken sausage I had once...
There were 2! Along with greasy potato and a truly rubber omelette. A huge let down after the outbound.
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Ah. You had the posh version of this then....



... but not on a tray
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