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Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread 2022 Edition

Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread 2022 Edition

Old Jun 11, 22, 4:11 pm
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Originally Posted by truncated View Post
Has anyone flown ex-DUB recently or have any thoughts on any of the options here — somehow none of the 5 sound particularly interesting


Ended up going with the lamb which was pretty solid but slightly overcooked/dried out. Pictures below:

DL155 DUB-BOS June 11


PDB of OJ or champagne — they ran out of the PDB glasses (a recurring theme) so this came in a regular glass. Purser also went around to take/confirm orders while on the ground.


Amuse bouche of some sort of tomato (I think??) mousse in a tart — was ok. Old fashioned to drink which was decent but I prefer the On the Rocks version that UA/Amtrak have lol


Starters:
Buffalo Mozzarella di Campagna with cherry tomatoes, fresh arugula, raspberry and date vinaigrette — unlike the description on the online/QR code menu no raspberry and date vinaigrette but instead got that tiny bottle of balsalmic instead. Perfectly fine / tasty salad but I do like arugula.

Tom Kha Soup with spring onions — again unlike the description not a single spring onion in sight. Soup was fine, mildly spicy and pretty salty

Foccacini with Rosemary — pretty meh but used it to dip into the soup.


Braised Lamb
Potato terrine, eggplant puree, mixed greens, red wine sauce

This definitely spent too long in the oven — lamb and potato thing were dry and the eggplant puree (the brown crusty thing in the bottom right) does not look particularly appetizing either. Vegetables were good, and the lamb was a very large portion and fairly tasty, so on balance pretty happy with my choice I guess.


Ice Cream Sundae with Beckleberry's vanilla ice cream, red berry compote, almond praline and butter wafer cookie — this came melted but it is impossible to mess up a sundae so no complaints there.

Also had an espresso with dessert which was decent, but they didn't have any espresso cups loaded so it came in a regular coffee mug lol


Prearrival meal: Hot Smoked Icelandic Salmon with seaweed salad and soy chili dressing

This would have been delicious and just the right size for a second light meal, but the only problem was it arrived ice cold. Salad was a good mix of various green things though and was a fan of the dressing, and the salmon was a reasonable portion as well. The papaya and pineapple were both fresh and the papaya was actually sweet (vs tasteless, which is how I find papaya usually is), but also ice cold which made me sad. Left the bread so unable to comment.

Also question for those who fly D1 TATL more than me — is it normal that they only started the 2nd service an hour before departure? Was a scramble to get the cabin ready for landing (most people were still eating when the pilots announced we were starting our descent with 40 min to go).

Overall food was decent and better than my fairly low expectations — was originally booked on AF through CDG for better catering and much better seat (and MQDs) but plans changed and the DL nonstop was the only option available. Great service from the BOS-based crew as well — friendly and plenty of runs through the cabin for refills throughout the flight.
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Old Jun 11, 22, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Kofwarcraft View Post
JFK-AUA
Delta 613
June 5th First Class

1) no PDB (LOL)
2) sad box with wooden/bamboo utensils (although there was an actual glass for drinks)
3) absolutely ZERO snacks offered. No hint of a snack basket, not even the main cabin snacks were offered to first class.

Not sure if the FA was lazy or what. Just sat in the galley on her phone for the first half of the flight before passing out sad boxes.

Biggest disappointment was the snacks of course. No pretzels, chips, nothing. Just a sad box for a ~2k mile international flight.

Edit: forgot to add, FEBO not followed. I was in row 2 so was actually happy about this.
Follow-up for the return flight.
AUA-JFK
Delta 612
June 11th First Class

1) We got PDBs this time. Not sure if it's because the JFK-AUA was a 739 that boarded from the front and that prevented the FA from taking drink orders?
This one was a 757-200 where C+ and F turned left upon entering the cabin, so FA was able to easily take orders as no Main Cabin passengers were clogging up the aisle.
2) Sad box once again made an appearance. Chicken curry salad, ham sandwich, or hummus platter offered. Chicken curry salad was actually pretty tasty but it's beyond ridiculous that hot meal is not served on a 2k mile international flight.
This flight (613/612) is a roundtrip originating from JFK; is Delta going to claim that JFK doesn't have appropriate catering? Penny-pinching to the max.
FEBO was followed for this meal service.
3) Snack basket made 1 appearance total.

Overall way better than the JFK-AUA leg but still quite disappointing. I usually fly with non-American carriers for international flights and the comparison between the premium seats on those airlines and Delta is a joke, really.
I get that AUA is "domestic" but it's really not. It's like 20 miles off the coast of South America. It's an international flight.
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Old Jun 11, 22, 11:13 pm
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DCA - LAX D1 on a 757 - tiired bird for sure, with no aisle access but decent-sized TV screens.

Had ordered one of the pre-order only meals (a vegetable plate that looked quite yummy from posts I've seen here). Before take-off FA apologized that meal hadn't been supplied so I was stuck with a very dry "impossible" burrito. Not a fan of fake meat and this didn't raise my opinion. As others have noted, the blueberry dessert was nice but I'm sure I'd tire of its repeated appearances. The bread seemed superfluous given the carb-heavy burrito so I didn't eat it. Salad was ok - seemed to have strawberries in it. Good, attentive service.
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Old Jun 11, 22, 11:47 pm
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2 choices of meals loaded. Plane was swapped near departure, but they didn't unload the meals. No clue who lost out due to miscater. (guess technically it was originally catered correctly, but they failed to swap catering out)

FA offered meal since food would be tossed anyway. No one took her up.
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Old Jun 12, 22, 1:10 am
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On MSP-LHR, my seabass with okra was outstanding. It came with yellow and red cherry tomato halves. Soup was tomato basil with grilled french bread croutons. Appetizer was grilled peach pieces with burrata on top. Dessert was (very) green tea cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust or an ice cream sundae. Good bread with fancy butter. Real French champagne (Duval-Leroy Brut) was used as a PDB, with the remainder served up in the air. Wines included a Red Bordeaux superiere (Chateau A....) which was a merlot blend, plus a Rioja, a French white and an American white (Gavi). No salad course (everything but dessert was served all at once, on a tray, about forty-five minutes after takeoff). With the first drinks service, a very small bowl of almonds, a date, some dried apricots, and a small chunk of cheese was served: somewhat creative and good.
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Old Jun 12, 22, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
On MSP-LHR, my seabass with okra was outstanding. It came with yellow and red cherry tomato halves. Soup was tomato basil with grilled french bread croutons. Appetizer was grilled peach pieces with burrata on top. Dessert was (very) green tea cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust or an ice cream sundae. Good bread with fancy butter. Real French champagne (Duval-Leroy Brut) was used as a PDB, with the remainder served up in the air. Wines included a Red Bordeaux superiere (Chateau A....) which was a merlot blend, plus a Rioja, a French white and an American white (Gavi). No salad course (everything but dessert was served all at once, on a tray, about forty-five minutes after takeoff). With the first drinks service, a very small bowl of almonds, a date, some dried apricots, and a small chunk of cheese was served: somewhat creative and good.
I've enjoyed all the special pre-order only items. DL has a new of things to still fix. However I'm quite happy with international D1 meal offerings.
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Old Jun 13, 22, 10:21 am
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Has anyone been served plated food out of AUS?

Im flying on the AUS-SEA route in FC (which is well over 900 miles) and Im concerned that Ill get a sad box!

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Old Jun 13, 22, 11:39 am
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Originally Posted by JedThePilot View Post
Im flying on the AUS-SEA route in FC (which is well over 900 miles) and Im concerned that Ill get a sad box!
In my experience, AUS is still getting sad boxes. Someone started a list upthread which also includes AUS.
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Old Jun 13, 22, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
On MSP-LHR, my seabass with okra was outstanding. It came with yellow and red cherry tomato halves.
Thanks so much for this report, MSPeconomist! I'm flying SFO-JFK this week and have now selected the seabass based on your endorsement
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Old Jun 13, 22, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Ascii View Post
In my experience, AUS is still getting sad boxes. Someone started a list upthread which also includes AUS.
The only posts above I see are from back in April. RDU-AUS is probably not definitive as it's an RJ-900. This post on Youtube from last month shows plated meals on AUS-SEA --
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Old Jun 13, 22, 3:21 pm
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Originally Posted by JedThePilot View Post
I’m flying on the AUS-SEA route in FC (which is well over 900 miles) and I’m concerned that I’ll get a sad box!
There were a few reports on Reddit of hot meals on ex-AUS flights a few months ago, including one specifically for AUS-SEA, but YMMV.

https://reddit.com/r/delta/comments/...l_first_class/

https://reddit.com/r/delta/comments/..._do_better_fc/
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Old Jun 13, 22, 3:23 pm
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Originally Posted by xliioper View Post
The only posts above I see are from back in April. RDU-AUS is probably not definitive as it's an RJ-900. This post on Youtube from last month shows plated meals on AUS-SEA -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7z2nCJzx5g
Interesting. So I guess we should no longer expect actual meals on regional jets. Yikes.
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Old Jun 13, 22, 5:47 pm
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I wish Delta offered these on non meal flights.

On my recent EWR-DCA flight in first:


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Old Jun 14, 22, 5:28 am
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Ravioli Dinner with salad and dessert. yum.
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Old Jun 14, 22, 9:10 am
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Expanded offerings announced.

Delta F&B Press Release 14JUN

Highlights include official announcement of PDBs and preorders for domestic first (latter starting in July), expanded beverage options and refreshed boxes for purchase in economy...and more sundaes.
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