Austrian Airlines is known for its food. One thing in particular that I appreciate is a hot meal on every flight in business class. For this week’s Meal of the Week I focus on Austrian shorthaul catering.
The flight was short–Vienna to Brussels is 576 miles. Flight time is blocked at 1hr40min, but you’re in the air for just a bit longer than an hour. A hot meal is still served.
That means FAs need to start food preparation before the flight even departs. As you pushback, you’ll smell bread baking in the oven. Although there is no choice, shortly after leveling off your meal tray is presented.
So far, it has never disappointed. My VIE-BRU flight featured Frikadellen, which is like a German hamburger. It usually includes a mix of pork, beef, and spices though on this flight it tasted like all beef. Delicious, delicious, delicious!
A very fresh roll with tomatoes and olives baked in accompanied it along with potato salad. Even the greens and tomato slice were fresh.
Dessert was a vanilla pudding with an orange marmalade layer.
I’ve flown Austrian five times in business class and have never had a bad meal. While it is probably not wise to fly an airline for the food, if you are going to fly a carrier for that reason, I’d choose Austrian.
Tomorrow I’ll publish a trip report from Beijing to Vienna on Austrian Airlines that included a great dining experience.
Wow, you get THAT on a hour and 40 minute flight?!?!?! That frikadellen looks almost as good as the one I’ve had at the German restaurant across from SMU.
Compared to the Light Bites snack basket you get on AA flights of the same length…
I’ve never had a bad meal on Austrian and they’ll even make good coffee or hot chocolate on these shorts flight. There is something satisfying about a hot meal every time.
Hm, considering what you get on an even shorter TK flight, that doesn’t really impress :))
Turkish is good–I’ve written about it here:
Same Do & Co caterer.
Frikadeller (the German name) or Faschierte Laibchen (the Austrian name) are very tasty. Variations are part of the culinary heritage of many Scandinavian & Eastern European countries culinary heritage. In the summer frikadeller with potato salad is a popular choice for picnics or at outdoor events.
We recently got to enjoy the Finnish version on a Finnar flight and also in the Executive Lounge at Hilton Helsinki Airport. Absolutely delicious!!