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Old May 31, 22, 12:23 am
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Any recommendatiosn for BTC meals for business departing Melbourne and Singapore. Had the lobster a few years ago out of Singapore and it was just ok. Might have changed?
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Old Jun 2, 22, 7:35 am
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BTC Lobster Thermador out of SIN. I love cheese and even I would say it was too cheesy. All you tasted was cheese.


BTC Seafood Congee out of LAX. This was the best congee I have ever had! You can't see from the photo, but there were two shrimp, two scallops and two chunks of white fish in there. I'm not usually a big congee fan, but I read somewhere on this forum that this was a good pick and I am so glad I tried it!
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Old Jun 2, 22, 11:27 am
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Based on all the feedback here, perhaps better to go for the lobster laksa in TPR and pick something else off of the Book the Cook options. I only wish they brought the kyo-kaiseki back .... I hope that is not a permanent "enhancement"!
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Old Jun 2, 22, 8:01 pm
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The meatless falafel burger was not bad, but the crew forgot the tomato salsa and the moutabel. Despite that it was quite good. Would have been better with those two, of course. I got blank looks when I asked about the salsa and the moutabel!
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Old Jun 3, 22, 12:05 am
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Interestingly enough, BTC is available for selection now for my flights in October.

For those who have traveled from LAX .. is the burger served with everything on the side? It mentions 1000 Island dressing which is absolutely dreadful. Thanks.
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Old Jun 3, 22, 9:05 pm
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Any recommendations/warnings as far as BTC goes from JFK to FRA?
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Old Jun 4, 22, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by legionnaire View Post
The meatless falafel burger was not bad, but the crew forgot the tomato salsa and the moutabel. Despite that it was quite good. Would have been better with those two, of course. I got blank looks when I asked about the salsa and the moutabel!
Yikes, I booked this burger for my upcoming SIN-SFO sector! I might have to find a photo of the complete dish somewhere and save it to my phone to show them in case they forget.

As a vegetarian, the thing that annoys me about BTC is that I can't seem to request a vegetarian appetiser even if I am able to order a vegetarian BTC option. In the past, I've just had to forgo the appetiser if it doesn't work for me. It's ok...I eat more than enough in the lounges beforehand and on layovers anyway
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Old Jun 4, 22, 6:57 pm
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Originally Posted by legionnaire View Post
The meatless falafel burger was not bad, but the crew forgot the tomato salsa and the moutabel. Despite that it was quite good. Would have been better with those two, of course. I got blank looks when I asked about the salsa and the moutabel!
can you customize the sauces out of the BTC options? Or can the crew put them on the side - my 4-year old next to me would probably actually gobble up moutabel plain - so that would be win-win.

Otherwise, falafel burger looks like a good option for me, but I dont like eggplant. Were veggie, and a bit disappointed how few veggie BTC veg options there are (and personallyfor me, since both have eggplant). Were only flying in Business ex-SIN - I suspect if we werent in Y ex-BLR, theres be more that way? Otherwise Ill probably just have the standard menu Indian veg option.
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Old Jun 4, 22, 7:41 pm
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I've got to say the BTC options ex-SIN are quite disappointing. Yes there's an amazing array of hawker food, but is it right that the business class experience have a foundation dishes that you can purchase across Singapore for $5? Or maybe $7 or $8 in a shopping centre. Very scant western options, I missed my previous go-to items like the Ribeye and Lamb chops. I wonder if this is temporary, or this is now the permanent BTC menu?
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Old Jun 4, 22, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by emcampbe View Post
can you customize the sauces out of the BTC options? Or can the crew put them on the side
I am sure you can ask them to. I didn't expect they would completely forget the sides on my order. I guess there's a first time for everything.

Originally Posted by emcampbe View Post
I dont like eggplant. Were veggie, and a bit disappointed how few veggie BTC veg options there are (and personallyfor me, since both have eggplant).
+1. which is why i thought I'd try this as a less (to me) offensive option. I picked the Indian Veg for my other meal, so that balanced out.
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Old Jun 4, 22, 11:39 pm
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Yikes, I booked this burger for my upcoming SIN-SFO sector! I might have to find a photo of the complete dish somewhere and save it to my phone to show them in case they forget.
That would be wise.

Originally Posted by FlyingJoy View Post
As a vegetarian, the thing that annoys me about BTC is that I can't seem to request a vegetarian appetiser .. In the past, I've just had to forgo the appetiser if it doesn't work for me.
Pretty much what I've ended up doing. Not that I need the calories, but if they are advertising and pitching a certain set of features on a J class product...

Overall, I feel a decline in SQ from pre-pandemic standards. This is just another example.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 8:44 am
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Originally Posted by legionnaire View Post
That would be wise.


Pretty much what I've ended up doing. Not that I need the calories, but if they are advertising and pitching a certain set of features on a J class product...

Overall, I feel a decline in SQ from pre-pandemic standards. This is just another example.
this isnt pre pandemic. Before pandemic the vegetarian catering on SQ BTC or onboard was non existent. I even complained to the team in SQ Suites at the time. Guess having one veg option on BTC is a win. If you dont special order a meal there isnt a veg option. Compare that with ME and European airlines where there is at least one vegetarian option. Though I think its an East and SE Asian carrier thing. I dont think the Japanese airlines have veg options on their menu unless you special order.
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Old Jun 10, 22, 10:05 am
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BTC out of SIN. Warm waffle with strawberry coulis, fresh berries and mascarpone cheese. I have seen mixed reviews on this dish from this forum, but I enjoyed it. What was interesting was both myself and my husband both ordered this dish and his was presented so differently than mine! Mine is in the photo, his had the mascarpone cheese in a ramekin on the side. The mascarpone is what made this dish so lovely to me. I would order this again for a breakfast flight.

BTC out of Tokyo Narita. Salmon Chazuke. Rice with sliced salmon and dashi stock. This was very bland and underwhelming. I would not order it again.
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Old Jun 11, 22, 4:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Kat1919 View Post

BTC out of SIN. Warm waffle with strawberry coulis, fresh berries and mascarpone cheese. I have seen mixed reviews on this dish from this forum, but I enjoyed it. What was interesting was both myself and my husband both ordered this dish and his was presented so differently than mine! Mine is in the photo, his had the mascarpone cheese in a ramekin on the side. The mascarpone is what made this dish so lovely to me. I would order this again for a breakfast flight.
thanks for posting. Timely for me.

were flying SIN-MAA on Thurs., and selected the waffle dish for my daughters (7 and 4). They would probably be happy enough with the Indian veg option from the menu, but were gonna be in India for 2.5 weeks pretty much eating those kind of dishes anyway, and this will be a treat for them, and kind of fun to do breakfast for dinner (we dont normally fly business, and this is a bit of a surprise for them too to be in the fancy lie-flats not too long after flying a fairly long TPAC routing in Y). Does look like a heavy proportion of mascarpone to waffle though, but Im sure theyll love it.

anyone tried the buckwheat and pumpkin pancakes, and have opinions on that? I try to eat on the healthier side, which I suspect this is, but i went with falafel burger instead. Was also considering ordering one of these for kids, and having them split that and the waffle, so they could have something a little more savory and a little more sweet.

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Old Jun 12, 22, 5:23 am
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Originally Posted by bgriff View Post
BTC menus out of JFK and FRA (and most other outstations it seems, SYD being the only exception I'm finding) no longer include lobster thermidor, so unless that changes it is sadly now an exercise only in historical analysis.
How sad! Any BTC recommendations on FRA-SIN Suites?
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