2018 Let's Eat - Polaris Business

Old Oct 29, 18, 4:45 pm
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Originally Posted by elynchking View Post
Biggest disappointment was the cheese...
This has been my issue with UA for a loooong time. It appears whoever is putting together their cheese selection has NO IDEA (* see note) what cheese is supposed to taste like. There are GREAT cheeses available in this world but UA consistently offers the most awful ones.

* Note: either they have no idea, or their budget is limited to $0.37/person.
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Old Oct 29, 18, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by narvik View Post
This has been my issue with UA for a loooong time. It appears whoever is putting together their cheese selection has NO IDEA (* see note) what cheese is supposed to taste like. There are GREAT cheeses available in this world but UA consistently offers the most awful ones.

* Note: either they have no idea, or their budget is limited to $0.37/person.
I'm old enough to remember CO used to have a cheese tray and you could pick the cheeses you wanted and they were excellent.
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Old Oct 29, 18, 11:44 pm
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Originally Posted by narvik View Post
This has been my issue with UA for a loooong time. It appears whoever is putting together their cheese selection has NO IDEA (* see note) what cheese is supposed to taste like. There are GREAT cheeses available in this world but UA consistently offers the most awful ones.

* Note: either they have no idea, or their budget is limited to $0.37/person.
Indeed, I had written into CS at least 3 times a while ago. I specifically mentioned that out of places like ZRH it should be very easy to add some Switzerland-made varieties - as local products should be out of other EU stations.
It appears, no chance to move the needle.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 12:34 am
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Originally Posted by cesco.g View Post
Indeed, I had written into CS at least 3 times a while ago. I specifically mentioned that out of places like ZRH it should be very easy to add some Switzerland-made varieties - as local products should be out of other EU stations.
It appears, no chance to move the needle.
So I learned that everything is sourced centrally by LH SkyChefs for all EU stations and moved to the local facility ... hence you see the exact same British packaged mid flight snack items across all stations; salad dressing; the same bulk-purchased cheese (that honestly tastes like itís come from outside the EU from synthesized cow milk); likely the medium rare garlic bread; etc. In Y, all of the meals are centrally produced, frozen, and distributed among the stations and thawed / heated on board.

Donít even get me started on those awful packaged cream crackers ... miss that old cheese platter so much.

Iíve started really enjoying flying out of non-LH Skychef stations like SYD for a change of pace and choices. The cheeses were great. Oh, la vache!
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Old Oct 30, 18, 5:07 am
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Originally Posted by greenpau View Post


So I learned that everything is sourced centrally by LH SkyChefs for all EU stations and moved to the local facility ... hence you see the exact same British packaged mid flight snack items across all stations; salad dressing; the same bulk-purchased cheese (that honestly tastes like itís come from outside the EU from synthesized cow milk); likely the medium rare garlic bread; etc. In Y, all of the meals are centrally produced, frozen, and distributed among the stations and thawed / heated on board.

Donít even get me started on those awful packaged cream crackers ... miss that old cheese platter so much.

Iíve started really enjoying flying out of non-LH Skychef stations like SYD for a change of pace and choices. The cheeses were great. Oh, la vache!
This would explain why they serve bottled German mineral water when flying out of LHR. Having said that, I think the food is marginally better flying ex-EU. Back on topic though, the cheese is truly appalling whichever direction you fly.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 5:48 am
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This would explain why they serve bottled German mineral water when flying out of LHR. Having said that, I think the food is marginally better flying ex-EU. Back on topic though, the cheese is truly appalling whichever direction you fly.
Given the pitiful wine selections UA offers, why would you expect anything different whn it comes to cheese? Despite the hype surrounding Polaris, UA's goal is to serve the cheapest food and drink they can get away with.

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Old Oct 30, 18, 6:14 am
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I always think that the food is very good on Polaris. Looking at pictures and menu items from other airlines, I am mostly put off by the choices. Certainly not a fan of odd sounding ingredients and weird sounding flavor combinations.

Regarding the cheese, Ive have the largest and most enjoyable piece of parmigianno on my flight from MXP in Polaris that Iíve ever had.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by Meola10 View Post
Regarding the cheese, Ive have the largest and most enjoyable piece of parmigianno on my flight from MXP in Polaris that Iíve ever had.
The parmigiano is the only cheese I eat in Polaris but it's not always there.
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Originally Posted by Meola10 View Post
I always think that the food is very good on Polaris.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by Meola10 View Post
I always think that the food is very good on Polaris. Looking at pictures and menu items from other airlines, I am mostly put off by the choices. Certainly not a fan of odd sounding ingredients and weird sounding flavor combinations.

Weird. That's exactly what I think about some of UA's food offerings, especially when they try to sweeten items which are meant to be savoury.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 10:25 am
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No accounting for taste, one way or another.

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Old Oct 30, 18, 5:46 pm
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UA 888 SFO-PEK 1045-1420 (+1) 777-300



PDB of OJ, water or Champagne in a real glass, nice touch there







Love it when a flight attendant gives you that automatic double (Buffalo Trace)



Prawns were decent (though a little sauce for them would be nice) and the salad was a salad



The Three Cup Chicken was awful. Tasted like a microwave Chinese meal. Actually probably worse, those usually have flavor.





I was happy with the cheese plate and the Port



Galley snacks



The congee ended up being really bland, even by congee standards, so I wished I'd gone with the Western option.

Overall, pretty meh food for my first Polaris flight.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 5:50 pm
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PDB of Champagne, Water or OJ in real glasses again







Sadly they ran out of the IPA after I only had one



The Japanese meal was good but pretty hit or miss. Some bites were excellent and others awful



The entree though was really good. Though I find it odd the soup comes with the entree not the appetizer tray





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The quiche was meh. Also who wants breakfast at noon local?

Slightly better food than my outbound, the Japanese meal helped
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Originally Posted by st530 View Post
Here you go.
Mine looked better than that. Did you like it?
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Old Oct 31, 18, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by willfam3 View Post

Mine looked better than that. Did you like it?
Yes. I've had it twice now. In the version shown in the pic, the soba noodles were a bit hard and clumpy.
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