Talk about a step down. After my Garuda First Class flight my next flight was a 10hr flight to Houston in United Economy on UA21. I decided not to upgrade because economy was only about ¼ full and if I can have a row to myself I really don’t mind flying behind the curtain. What surprised me was the meal, the subject of this week’s Meal of the Week.
I have flown Untied Polaris twice recently and really enjoyed the food. In almost all aspects it is a step up over the previous BusinessFirst and Global First offerings. But this flight was in economy class. I figured the food would not be great so enjoyed a large breakfast prior to the 10am flight.
Shortly after levelling off the meal service began with the choices of spinach manicotti or chicken breast with risotto. I had planned on ordering pasta but the spinach…oh well, chicken it was.
Wow! The chicken was tender, flavorful, and did not have that microwave dinner taste (you know what I mean). The mushroom sauce was perfect – unlike the sauce on my short rib in Polaris earlier in the month. Even better, the risotto was absolutely outstanding. I love risotto and would like to think that I can discern good and bad. This was some really tasty mushroom risotto.
The grain salad and bread were not great, but it did not matter – I was satisfied. Oh, props to United for even offering real Kerrygold Irish butter.
Then came ice cream and the Belgian ice cream in economy is far better than the processed ice cream in Polaris. This was delicious.
Fast-forward to an hour before landing. Hot sandwiches were served: turkey and gouda on a pretzel roll. That makes a better meal in my book than the chicken breast served in Polaris. Delicious.
So perhaps it was just for this particular flight or a testament to my unrefined tastes, but I appreciated the meal so much on my AMS-IAH United this week I’d honestly say it beat my first class meal from just a few weeks earlier.