“There is a lot more culinary awareness amongst our customers, and a lot less tolerance for what was commonly known as 'airline food,'" said Joost Heymeijer, Emirates' senior vice president of catering. "People [now] expect restaurant-quality food, even on an aircraft."
The food on Emirates varies regionally. For example, meals to and from Japan are served with authentic Japanese crockery, cutlery, and a tea set. Flights to Italy serve pasta dishes like gnocchi and ravioli. The idea is that your trip begins as soon as you board the plane -- not the second you step off.
And while sitting in economy isn't going to get you a first class-style complimentary pour of Dom Perignon, Heymeijer told me that Emirates' economy-class menus are designed and prepared with the same attention given to the more expensive seats. You'll receive dishes that sound suited for high-roller passengers -- like braised beef with horseradish served with mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, and carrots, or chicken with creamy mushroom sauce, gnocchi, and green beans. Between meals, passengers get slices of pizza, ice cream, chocolates, and fruit. It's basically a party in the sky, with your own individual on-demand TV screen.