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.
How about a break from the news and focus on airline meals this morning, specifically brunch on the top three Gulf carriers? Below, I’ll compare brunch on Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways.
All three carriers offer an a la carte menu in first class, meaning you can mix and match breakfast and lunch/dinner items at any time on most flights. While breakfast on airlines tends to be the least creative meal, there’s nothing like a warn and flaky croissant, cappuccino, and glass of champagne at 40,000 feet.
When I flew from Dubai to Brussels on Emirates, our flight left at 8:20AM, perfect for brunch. While I saved my appetite for a beautiful steak and white asparagus lunch prior to landing, I did partake in a light brunch after takeoff.
That started with champagne, something I never drink at home but always enjoy a glass when flying in first class. The Dom 2008 vintage was served with salted mixed nuts.
Next I had some fresh fruit, yogurt, breakfast breads, fresh squeezed orange juice, and cappuccino.
The warmed almond croissant was delightful.
I love how Emirates uses a stencil to create its logo in the cappuccino.
The Irish yogurt was also tasty.
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Our Etihad first class flight from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles took off from Abu Dhabi in the morning and landed in Los Angeles in the early afternoon. We had brunch prior to landing.
I enjoyed eggs served over bacon on an English muffin with asparagus while my wife had salmon. Once again, the cinnamon roll and sesame-seed covered roll were delightfully flaky and buttery.
Cappuccino was tasty and we shared some fresh fruit and cookies for dessert.
> Read More: Etihad 777-300ER First Class Review
Qatar Airways only offers first class on its A380, serving a limited number of routes. My Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Paris in first class left at 7:25AM, another perfect opportunity for brunch.
About an hour after takeoff, I enjoyed a delicious brunch which included a hot croissant, bircher muesli, cappuccino, omelet, and a glass of Krug.
> Read More: Qatar Airways A380 First Class Review
So Which One Was Best?
I guess if I had to pick a winner I’d say my meal on Etihad was best. That said, putting this comparison together just reminded me of how much I appreciate the approach to in-flight dining taken by Gulf carriers (and also how much I cannot wait to get in the air again after a month of being grounded).
If you’ve flown any of these carriers, did you enjoy brunch?