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.
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:
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
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
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
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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