Fish on an airplane is a paradox. It’s the dish most likely to spoil at some point in the supply chain process, but also the dish I find safest in terms of taste. How would the fish choice be in Finnair Business Class on an A350 flight from Helsinki to Beijing?
After takeoff, flight attendants offered a beverage service with an amuse bouche (fennel, apples, peas, whitefish, and caviar). I tired the signature cocktail, called Blue Sky, featuring blueberry liqueur and champagne. It was excellent…a great juxtaposition of sweet and tart tastes.
Flight time to Beijing is short…we were in the air for only about seven hours. While Finnair offers a more relaxed meal service on longer Asian routes, it offered a single-tray service on this 7-hour, 50-minute flight.
The starter contained slices of roast beef in tartar sauce with spinach and nutmeg.
For the main course, I chose pike-perch over beef neck or sweet and sour pork. Served with potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, and zucchini, it was an excellent choice and proved light and delicious. I suspect that Finnair would have done all three dishes well and loved the garnishes.
The meal tray also included bread and a small green salad with radish arugula, and cucumber.
A cheese course included a selection of tasty Finnish cheeses.
Finally, dessert was Finnish organic ice cream: I tried both vanilla and licorice. The only downside to the entire flight: the cappuccino was powdered.
This trip was in 2017 and I have not been back on Finnair since, which is truly a shame. Finnair greatly exceeded my expectations and I look forward to trying Finnair again next year.
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