CE meals better than main course in F?

Old Jul 8, 2023, 5:46 am
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Question CE meals better than main course in F?

I have been lucky enough to eat several meals in F, but I often find the main course underwhelming and usually overcooked. However, I find the hot options in CE to be quite enjoyable. I think the main reason for this is that in CE the meals are better suited to the cooking process on board.

I am interested to know what others think.

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Old Jul 8, 2023, 6:10 am
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I got the Club (CW not CE) meals when in F on request and if available if I couldnt find anything on Menu for my simple delicate palate!
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Old Jul 8, 2023, 6:15 am
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Originally Posted by johnaalex
I have been lucky enough to eat several meals in F, but I often find the main course underwhelming and usually overcooked. However, I find the hot options in CE to be quite enjoyable. I think the main reason for this is that in CE the meals are better suited to the cooking process on board.
CE? CE is average at best, most of the times and, in typical BA style, you get 'afternoon tea' for most flights I seem to go on or a cold salad or, for morning flights, a sloppy breakfast which is far better in the lounge. And the CE meals are tiny, too.
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Personally, I completely disagree...
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Personally, I completely disagree...
I am struggling with this as well.
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Originally Posted by johnaalex
I have been lucky enough to eat several meals in F, but I often find the main course underwhelming and usually overcooked.
Could you give a few examples of F mains that have been spoilt (to the point of being worse than a typical CE crusty-rim main) by overcooking ?
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Originally Posted by chriswiles
CE? CE is average at best, most of the times and, in typical BA style, you get 'afternoon tea' for most flights I seem to go on or a cold salad or, for morning flights, a sloppy breakfast which is far better in the lounge. And the CE meals are tiny, too.
You must fly a lot between 14:00 and 16:59, as they are the afternoon tea flights on Band 1 and 2. I actually choose to fly during this window as much as possible, because I love the afternoon tea in Club Europe and prefer it to the cold salad offered at other times. Breakfast I like to avoid entirely when flying, if I can.
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Im content with the F main courses Ive had in recent years. That said - and Ive mentioned this before - I think Im very low maintenance when it comes to food and drink.
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I have had dried out fish and tough over-cooked steak in F and really enjoyed sausage, mash and gravy in CE J, so there maybe something in this.
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Originally Posted by johnaalex
I have been lucky enough to eat several meals in F, but I often find the main course underwhelming and usually overcooked. However, I find the hot options in CE to be quite enjoyable. I think the main reason for this is that in CE the meals are better suited to the cooking process on board.

I am interested to know what others think.

TIA
What is the "cooking process" on a 90 minute A320 flight?
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The F collection of lamb parts was massively overcooked when I had it. Steak is usually incinerated, but that's a classic avoid really.
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Originally Posted by bisonrav
...collection of lamb parts...
Sounds delicious
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Looking at the full meal service then F is miles ahead of CE. An individual course may be poor in F but overall there should be something to titivate the taste buds.
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I rarely have cause to complain about the food on a BA aircraft. That said, an average UK pub offers better quality food. So I board expecting sustenance rather that a taste sensation.
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Old Jul 8, 2023, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Rubecula
Looking at the full meal service then F is miles ahead of CE. An individual course may be poor in F but overall there should be something to titivate the taste buds.
Not sure if the OP is complaining about the menu variety or the taste regardless of what they choose.

I wonder if its the different cooking styles - ie the CE mains are warmed in the dish with all the main ingredients present, and then served to passengers on a somewhat warm plate/dish.

Whereas in F the components of the main course are warmed separately and then combined onto a cold plate....timing is key both for the components being warmed prior to plating and then having somebody available to take the plate to the passenger in a timely manner.
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