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.
I found myself on a late night flight on Austrian Airlines last night from Vienna to Yerevan, Armenia and indulged in what turned out to be quite a carb fest. Still, I always appreciate the Do & Co catering on Austrian flights.
Austrian is still very much a full-service, “old-school” airline in economy class. Free drinks are available on all flights and most flights over two hours offer complimentary meal service.
My flight to Yerevan left Vienna at 10:35PM and arrived into Yerevan at 3:45AM the following morning, representing a 3hr, 10minute flight and two hour time change. Shortly after takeoff, FAs offered a choice of beverage. A hot meal followed.
No choice was offered; each passenger received the same meal. Tonight’s meal was a vegetarian pasta with cake and bread. Talk about a carb overload…
That said, I had eaten dinner several hours earlier and the small pasta plate hit the spot. The sauce was rich, creamy, and very cheesy, but what really satisfied my tastebuds was the sage, which is such a nice accompaniment on pasta. The tomatoes also had a kick.
Bread was served hot and fresh and the cake was also fresh and very moist.
I’m not sure if you can tell by the picture, but the portion size was tiny. This would hardly substitute for dinner. But in terms of a late night snack, it hit the spot. And the carb-inducing coma (postprandial somnolence) that followed helped me get through the flight in those terribly uncomfortable slimline seats.