I have a confession to make. I… and I don’t know how to say this, but I… I actually like airplane food. I know this makes me guilty of some great culinary sin. I simply don’t care. Boarding a flight to Vegas, getting a drink, and having a meal is a nice way to spend several hours. I am writing this in the air to tell you about United first class lunch. This was a great meal.
It helps, of course, that I am on a plane to Vegas. It helps more that I have Direct TV and can watch college football bowl games after several days with my sober, cable-free in-laws. However, this flight from IAH to LAS started with perfectly standard service- taking jackets and offering a pre- departure beverage. They took lunch orders before departure. The options were a cold beef soba salad or a hot chicken pesto. I selected the beef soba salad.
United first class lunch follows a predictable rhythm. They come by with a hot towel service, and then they bring drinks and warm nuts. This was consistent with the meal I had on United last month. Happily, this time they changed the meal choices. The hot chicken pesto my seatmate had looked great, but I was glad to have the beef soba salad.
What was the final verdict?
The meal was served cold, and it was all on one tray. That is common for non-premium domestic routes. My only complaint is that there was very little beef. The beef was served in a side plate. A vegetarian could leave it to the side. The beef was, however, excellent. The pretzel roll and the cheesecake completed a great meal. I may be strange, but I actually enjoy airplane food. This meal was no exception.