Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
When done right, a grilled cheese sandwich and cup of tomato soup is hard to top at 40,000 feet.
Coming back on my mileage run from Sydney, I encountered jet lag and found myself awake for longer than I wanted to be. About halfway through my 13-hour flight from Sydney to Los Angeles, I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup on United.
This “hot bites” snack is offered on just about every inbound intercontinental United flight to the USA over eight hours. As such, I’ve had it a lot, but always out of Europe, where it is A-L-W-A-Y-S served lukewarm and soggy on cheap whole grain bread with a horribly cheap cheddar (begging the question why I continue to order it and hope for a different outcome).
This is what I expected when I ordered it ten hours into the flight, but figured at least I’d have a good cup of soup.
However, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that the grilled cheese sandwiches out of Sydney are far superior. The sourdough bread was perfectly toasted and rather than a low-grade cheddar there was a Muenster cheese that was simply fabulous. Great soup as well.
It reminded me again that sandwiches are so delicious when done right and actually well-suited for an airplane.
If you’re flying out of Sydney in United business class, I’d even consider this as a main course. It is highly recommended.
Have you tried the grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup on United?