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.
This week I look back on my first Cathay Pacific business class meal.
My first time flying on Cathay Pacific was in November 2011 from Vancouver to Hong Kong. I had to get to Hong Kong to pick-up a Turkish Airlines ticket to Frankfurt. Yeah, a bit convoluted…you can read more below on the routing.
> Read More: The Long Way Back to Frankfurt (via YVR, HKG, IST)
Back in the day, the ticket cost me only 50,000 BA Avios (now 105,000) and $167 in taxes. It would turn out to be my only flight on a Cathay Pacific 747-400. Cathay retired its Queen of the Skies in 2016.
I love Vancouver airport, by the way. One of the easiest to transit through in Canada.
I drank a lot of orange juice on this flight. A lot of it. It was “the real thing” and recently squeezed. Every picture is a new glass…I certainly got my fill of Vitamin C (and sugar) through the juice. Service began with unsalted almonds.
The appetizer included smoked salmon with a caper. A small green salad with asparagus was included on the side and I chose garlic bread to accompany it.
Not feeling particularly adventurous, I chose pasta for my main course…and loved it. It was just cheese ravioli, but very tasty. I maintain that pasta is always the safe choice when flying in a premium cabin.
For dessert, I enjoyed another cup of orange juice and sliced fruit, followed by apple cheesecake (look at the picture) and hot chocolate.
This proved to be a prefect meal in terms of volume: not too little, but not too much. I promptly fell asleep after dinner, sleeping for the next eight hours.
Prior to landing, a second meal was served. U.S. carriers serve breakfast before landing into Hong Kong, but since the flight arrived at 7:00 PM, Cathay Pacific offered brunch.
Service begin with another mixed fruit plate…and more garlic bread.
For the main course, I chose cod, covered in a dumpling and served with grilled vegetables. It was very tasty.
Chocolate cake with vanilla sauce to finish off the meal:
I really enjoyed this flight and both of my meals. As an aside, the service was also excellent. I have not flown Cathay Pacific longhaul in business class since this flight. I think it’s time for another go.
Do you like Cathay Pacific business class food?