A buddy and I took a dinner flight from PHL to LAS earlier this month. I’ve had pretty good luck with the special meals in American Airlines first class, so we decided to try two more of them. On this flight, I had the Muslim meal and he had the American Airlines Kosher meal. Neither of us ordered the meals for religious reasons. I will write about the Muslim meal this weekend. For today, however, I want to review the Kosher meal.
There are several things to note about American Airlines special meals. First, aside from the meal itself you have all of the same options as any other first class passenger. You still get the hot towel. They still bring you warm nuts and a drink. You can still select something from the bread basket. On this flight, they also offered us the same ice cream sundae as everyone else. Please note that if you order a special meal for religious or dietary purposes, these other items are not guaranteed to meet your needs.
The other thing I noted on this flight was the great care American took to make sure the meal itself was appropriate for a religiously observant passenger. On the first tray, each item was individually wrapped and Kosher certified. When my buddy received his entree, the entire package was certified as Glatt Kosher.
There were some odd moments in the meal service. The tray at the top of this post was presented first. It was not immediately apparent whether this was on purpose. That left my buddy wondering whether there would be something more substantial. Also, we both tasted the two salads. They were… weird. I’m honestly not sure what I was eating. The dessert and the bread, however, were very nice.
Eventually, the entree showed up. It was a beef rib with couscous. This was obviously a frozen dinner, because it had an expiration date several months in the future. However, it was also really good. The beef was incredibly tender. The couscous was, somehow, not too dry. While I personally prefer the American Airlines spicy Asian vegetarian meal, this was very good. It was absolutely something I would order again.
The first tray came with a Kosher dessert. After the meal service was concluded, we were also offered the same sundae as everyone else. While the sundae was (I assume) not Kosher, it was delicious. It was also a nice addition to a near-transcon flight. I appreciate the American Airlines special meals. The American Airlines Kosher meal is a particularly strong offering.