If you’re wondering what a typical BA First Class menu has on it ….

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I am in Canada all week, helping my Mum realise an ambition to see Niagara Falls and chaperoning her to a family wedding next weekend.

We flew out to Toronto yesterday afternoon in British Airways First Class.  One thing about weddings is that you tend to know the date well in advance, so I had no trouble using a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher to get the seats as soon as they opened up 11 months ago.

British Airways First Class seat

I’m not going to write about the flight or The Concorde Room because I did a BA First Class review late last year and I don’t like repeating myself so quickly.  However, if you were wondering what the food is like in British Airways First Class, here is the menu we had:

Starters

Sesame seared tuna with a citrus salad and black olive tapenade (had this, it was OK but nothing more)

Wild mushroom and truffle mousse and cauliflower puree with a shimeji mushroom salad

A light cream soup of sweetcorn, red pepper and chives

Fresh seasonal salad with your choice of blue cheese dressing or classic vinaigrette

Main Courses

Seared filled of Aberdeen Angus beef with summer vegetables, fondant potatoes with horseradish and chive sauce

Sustainably sourced North Atlantic baked cod with orange and tarragon butter sauce and chervil creamed potatoes (had this, liked it, found the portion size small)

Spicy Szechuan-style chicken with fried beans and steamed rice

Warm seared tiger prawns on a sesame and fresh shredded vegetable salad with basil and ginger dressing

Bistro Selection

Penne pasta with red pepper, wild mushroom, fine beans and a creamy pesto sauce

British beef burger with Monterey Jack cheese, gherkin, tomato and chunky chips

A selection of biscuits

A selection of cheese and fruit

Desserts

Raspberry delice and cannelloni with kumquat

Warm blueberry and nectarine crumble (had this, liked it, even the custard was decent!)

Madagascan vanilla ice cream

There is a cheese plate and fresh fruit option

There was also an amuse bouche at the start which was not explained to me!  I have absolutely no idea what it was, but it was very small ….

Toronto is not an A380 route so we did not get the option of the tasting menu which I experienced on my Los Angeles flight last year.

Overall, the food was acceptable but not great – especially in terms of portion size.  I rate the business class food I had on Qatar Airways and Etihad over the last year ahead of it, although BA does have a better drink selection.  (For balance, I should say that Mum found it excellent.)

Where it really went wrong was the ‘second meal’ snack.  These are the sandwiches you get – note that you get ALL of them:

Smoked salmon with horseradish and rocket

Ham with Pommery mustard

Hummus with piquillo pepper

Pickled cucumber with cream cheese

This is, I think, possibly the most random selection of sandwiches ever offered.  If Pret A Manger put that lot on the shelves they would be bust within a month!  I turned the sandwich selection down and went for the cake selection:

Chocolate and walnut brownie

Raspberry and orange Battenberg

Key lime cake

…. which was fine, except that each portion was the size of a 10p coin!  Is this a bizarre cost saving scheme or does BA really believe that micro portions are the way forward for First Class food?!

No photos, before anyone asks!

Anyway, it is 2.55am in the UK and I am off to bed!  I will try to drop in some hotel reviews during the week as well as some coverage of Air Canada’s business class product which I will be flying twice.

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Comments

  1. Daftboy says:

    It’s interesting to see the frequent complaints (here, and on FT) about portion size. I have not left a longhaul BA flight hungry in recent memory, whether in CW or F; if anything I usually feel quite full after eating on board.

    I will tend to eat something in the lounge pre-flight (usually some soup and a sandwich, or a salad), so I am not ravenous by the time I board, and I generally find the portions to be right, particularly in F where the food is often a bit richer so you generally need less of it. If it’s an overnight I don’t take the breakfast, other than the smoothie in the small glass.

    But of course we are all different!

  2. Recently on a BA First back from DXB I asked for one of the 4 selections, only to be told that only 4 of each are loaded and that means my choice was no longer available.

    I did enquire if I inadvertently was on a Code Share with Ryanair.

    • I read a trip report of someone in BA F who asked for the blueberry pancakes for breakfast only to be told that they only loaded one portion and that a Gold member (who knew the score) had pre-ordered it the evening before!

    • I Recently was given 4500 avios on board for not getting first choice of main.

      • Say what!! I was given 5,000 avios as a way of an apology from BA from two meals which were uneatable in First Class and I had to fight to get the 5,000 points. I ended up eating jelly beans and popcorn as the gluten free meal was so appalling!

  3. Welcome to Canada.

  4. I am not BA’s biggest fan. However, recently I had nice flight in F on A380 from LHR-HKG.

    The food for dinner was actually quite good. I chose the normal menu instead of the Tasting menu, the portion was reasonable good, and food was nicely cooked and seasoned.
    My brother had the Tasting menu, and he said it was also good.

    The 1st class cabin was full, but the service was nice and friendly. The Inflight service manager was very friendly, so I guess she has set an example to the rest of the team.
    Maybe I have lower my expectation so much, I was actually quite surprised by the overall experience.

  5. You don’t want to be gluten free in First Class from Hong Kong to London with BA, trust me…I ended up eating jelly beans and popcorn and all I got after complaining twice was 5,000 avios for the bad meals which were uneatable. Even the chef and cabin crew were disgusted and felt sorry for me.
    I thought the meal leaving London was bad (it was the same as the gluten free business class meal you get on short haul europe flights but with fancy china) but this was my hell from HK to LHR….

    http://www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com/travel/dear-british_airways-you-may-want-to-read-my-rant/

    and this is the BA response…

    http://www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com/travel/dear-kelly-michelle-the-response-from-british-airways/

    Not impressed and not flying long haul with BA any time soon unless I pack a blooming gluten free picnic hamper! Strangely enough we flew Malaysia Airlines from HK to KL and the gluten free meal in business was a huge improvement not the gluten free meal that I had on BA in First Class.

    And this is definitely a reason to make sure that your BA profile is not stuck on gluten free…you don’t want one of these meals!

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