Earlier this week I had a chance to try out United’s new hot-plated meal service. I’m pleased to report the food is a tremendous improvement over the sandwiches we have endured the last several months in first class.
New Domestic Hot Meals On United Airlines
I had to be in Chicago earlier this week and rather than fly nonstop from Los Angeles, I connected via Houston simply so I could try both the new dinner and breakfast options.
Hot meals in first class are now served on the following flights:
- Domestic flights – over 1,500 miles
- Hub-to-hub routes – over 800 miles
“Domestic” includes the following routes:
- United States
- Latin America
My flight to Houston left at 12:45am and flight time was under three hours…oh what a miserable flight for sleeping. But dinner was served after takeoff, with a choice between:
- Grilled chicken breast with orzo and lemon basil pesto
- Vegetarian enchilada with green chile sauce, served with a side of Spanish rice
I chose the vegetarian enchiladas and was pleased with the portion size and flavor. The enchiladas were corn tortillas filled with cheese, topped in a green sauce, and served over rice.
They were served with a black bean salad, a bread roll, and a delicious “pie in the sky” chocolate chip cookies from Eli’s cheesecake.
How good was the meal?
After a short connection in Houston, I boarded my flight to Chicago, which would feature breakfast service. After takeoff, flight attendants offered a choice between:
- Egg scramble with plant-based chorizo, jack cheese, butternut squash, black beans
- Belgium waffle with bourbon bananas foster sauce and berry compote
I ordered the egg scramble and found the portion size substantial and the mix of chorizo, black beans, eggs, peppers, and potatoes very tasty.
It was also great to see a real fruit bowl back (versus a Dole fruit cup) and the melon and pineapple were ripe and sweet.
I noticed many in the cabin skipped breakfast, so I asked the flight attendant if there were any waffles left. She nodded, admitted she had already had two, and noted there were three left…and offered me all of them if I was hungry enough!
I just had one, but enjoyed this almost as much as the eggs. The bourbon sauce on the bananas was great and the waffles had a rich, buttery taste which required no butter or additional sauce.
United’s new domestic food is great…I loved all three dishes I tried (and I’ve had the chicken dish in the past, which is also tasty). While I hope that United will rotate its meal selections on a regular basis, these represent a dramatic improvement over the sandwiches we have been served in first class for many months.
Have you tried United’s new first class meals? How did you find them?