Here is Qantas' Perth-London Boeing 787 business class menu

By David Flynn, March 1 2018
Here is Qantas' Perth-London Boeing 787 business class menu

Qantas has already threatened promised a healthy approach to inflight dining on its non-stop Boeing 787 flights between Perth and London, and now we're seeing the new business class menu take shape.

The good news: high flyers won't be force-fed kale and quinoa, although both of those hipster staples – along with kombucha – make an appearance as part of the airline's efforts to give travellers' tummies and digestive systems a lighter load during that 17 hour journey.

Highlights of the mains menu in business class include a tuna poke salad with sesame soy dressing...

... a seared Cone Bay barramundi with herb garlic potatoes, broccolini, lemon, olive and almond salsa...

... and a more indulgent dessert of baked vanilla custard with rhubarb, honeyed pear and almonds.

In the final hours of the flight, as the Dreamliner tracks over western Europe towards its 5am landing at London's Heathrow Airport, business class passengers will be offered a breakfast bowl of poached egg, kale, quinoa, grilled haloumi, pistachio and green tahini dressing.

A "cold-pressed probiotic infused watermelon juice" will also be available as a wake-up shot, although we suggest chasing that down with a strong coffee (and that's one area where Qantas could do better).

On the return leg from London to Perth, main options will feature this smoked salmon, soba and raw zucchini noodles with ponzu dressing...

... or more traditional fare in the form of roast English beef with Yorkshire pudding, peas and onion gravy.

Refreshments served in both directions will include cold-pressed green juice; lemon and ginger kombucha coconut water; and herbal sleep tea blended from chamomile, lemon verbena and lemongrass.

The self-serve business class snack bar will line up hommus and crudité platters alongside Koko Black chocolates – but there are no prizes for guessing which of those will be the first to go!

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

12 Apr 2011

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I thought airlines avoided any raw proteins so as not to deal with any potential food poisoning issues?

30 Aug 2013

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Are they offering dine on demand on this flight? It's not like the crew don't have enough time to do it!!

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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Qantas spin is amazing......the fact is they haven't won any awards for their premium cabin 'menu' pretty much ever - clearly showing they aren't up there with proper full service airlines. They can spin what they want about the embarrassing portions and quality, esp in 'first' but someone wake me when Qantas wins an award for best in flight catering. In the meantime keep the bogan spirit of Australia alive with the award winning booze collection on board. Says a lot doesn't it.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jul 2013

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I'm a big chap with a large appetite and have never found the QF portion size of their meals in Premium Economy, Business or First lacking in any way. I have always found their food to be consistently good and certainly able to stand up to much of what is served on those award-winning airlines. But I guess much of this comes down to personal taste. I hear very few complaints about QF's food from fellow travellers who get to sample the goods on a wide range of airlines.

As for QF's routine wins in the wine list awards, that's much more to do with Australia's great quality and highly-regarded wines. Its a fact Australia produces some of the world's best wines. Would you rather our national flag-carrier serve second-rate wines from another country? I mean heaven forbid we couldn't have an Australian company getting recognised for using its platform to showcase the best of the best of another Australian product.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Jan 2018

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My view is similar. I think the portion size in QF J is more than reasonable. The quality of the food is, in my view, more than servicable. I do think it is generally not up to the same standard of some of the 'award winning' airlines, particualy in terms of variety. A lot of regional cusines, particularly those from Asia, tend to fare well in the sky.


I wholeheartedly agree with your comment about the QF wine offerings in J. The range and quality of offerings is unmatched by other carriers in J. This is, as you say, due to the quality and affordability of Australian wine and the relationships that Qantas has built with the industry.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

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Really? New World wines fortified with raw spirits and sugar? We have been producing wine for thousands of years in Europe and the Middle east - who drinks Aussie wines?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Jan 2018

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I don't even know where to start. Australian wines are amongst the best in the world and widely accepted, both here and abroad, as being so.

 

Sales of Australian wine in the 2016/17 financial year totalled $3.3 billion domestically and $2.3 billion in exports. Source: Wine Australia.

 

So to answer your question? A significant number of people drink Australian wine.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2017

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Fun fact: wines in Portugal, Spain or anywhere else in the old world are fortified with raw spirits and sugar. That's what fortification is.....

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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Clearly you haven't flown on any other 1st rate carriers in J or F.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Jan 2018

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Nor does he have any knowledge of Australian wine or how it is made

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jul 2013

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I've flown EK F 4 times and J 4 times in the past year, SQ F 3 times in the past year, EY J 3 times in the past year, LH J twice in the past year, AF J twice in the past year and CX J 3 times and F twice in the past year. All this in addition to QF F 6 times and J 6 times in the past year.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

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Come a long way since the good old chicken or beef.

I do like the sound of that dessert, and the healthy drink options are a real plus.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

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The tuna dish and barramundi sound great, along with desert of course. I hope they do step up there offering on flights to Asia.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

08 Jun 2014

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Rather all the LHR to PER food on my flight!!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Aug 2017

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At least there will be time for the Maggie Beer ice cream to thaw a little, every time I get one it’s rock hard! The roast beef and Yorkshire pudding looks good tho




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19 Jan 2018

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Is there any word on the coffee situation? This is an opportunity for QF to step up their offering.


I’m not suggesting they bring baristas and the resultant barista-made coffee on board, but a nespresso machine would be a welcome addition.

I flew on the Qantas Boeing 787 a couple of months ago: in business class there's espresso coffee, but it's not offered in premium economy.

E.g., here's a business class skim latte, which understandably wasn't on-par with a cafe-produced latte, but was acceptable by airplane standards.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Jan 2018

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That is interesting. I was unaware that they were now offering espresso coffee on the QF 787 in J.


Is the espresso produced by an automatic machine? I presume it is not so advanced that it is barista made?

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

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MMM Probably Nespresso like Swiss First

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jul 2013

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That menu sounds delicious!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2012

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Any idea how this menu might affect the toilet situation? Hehe

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jul 2014

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That breakfast sounds great but it really needs some bacon

24 Aug 2011

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Quinoa!, Kale! Surely this isn't the response we were expecting to criticism of insufficient toilets on the 787!!

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

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Perfect reeves25, I love it!

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

31 Jan 2013

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Exactly what I was thinking.... all that fibre.....

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

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Why do they assume everyone actually likes garlic and onions? One main in each direction has one or the other of those. Another fail on the toilet situation there too....

Has anyone done a long haul Air New Zealand flight at the pointy end of their 787's?...our QANTAS airline could well do with trying to copy them..the food and service on my recent flight to Houston (I went Air New Zealand because I couldn't get a seat in time on QF7) ran RINGS around our QANTAS offerings...I am sick of QANTAS' trendy raw fart foods and Asian seasonings. Air New Zealand somehow manages to keep things simple...and with AMAZING salmon dishes!!..yum!...and GOOOOD coffee!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2017

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I did it recently EZE-AKL-BNE. The food was forgettable...I literally forget what it was. But the service was indeed great and I liked the focus on wine.


Though God am I sick of salmon on airlines. Every airline has it, and its usually served in one of 3 ways.

I have to confess, Dredgy, that I've only flown twice on Air New Zealand 787...maybe I was lucky....I, too am somewhat tired of 'salmon' on planes...but the point I was making was that Air New Zealand did it very well...

QF

27 Jul 2016

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reeves35 beat me to it slightly, but quote from the article is "high flyers won't be force-fed kale and quinoa"

I can only say "thank you"

QFF

19 Sep 2013

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If QFprovide the first meal soon after commencing, there is going to be a long time gap to the second meal.

13 May 2015

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I can't even make a decent Yorkshire pudding at home, so I wonder what it will be like reheated at 35,000 feet!

02 Mar 2018

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What happened to bacon for breakfast like we use to get? I wasn’t happy when Qantas scrapped bacon Syd-Lon when they started via Dubai but now it seems to be gone on all their OS routes? (I can understand a middle eastern airline not having bacon but Qantas your Australian remember)

22 Feb 2018

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It all looks pretty good. Some nice dishes.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Mar 2016

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that menu would put me off the flight

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Feb 2017

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Two words: bacon. bacon.

20 Feb 2018

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Personally I'd prefer a more straightforward menu and less mean portions. The cabin staff seem to have to spend a disproportionate time putting together artistic little plates and rationing out the chocolates when their time could be better spent more generally looking after passengers.



04 Dec 2017

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Or as mentioned, wasting time making scroll flowers out of the paper thin hand 'towels' for the F lavs haha.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Apr 2011

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I like Qantas and Virgin. But am continuously frustrated at Qantas menus in J. I'd rather less emphasis of everything being boutique artistic menus options at the expense of wholesome basics that could be complemented with lavish sides. Even one option. But I am glad to see Qantas finding a little more than thistles drizzled in oil as a salad. Things are nicely presented though, just a pity they are trying so hard with so many weird combinations. I struggle to find something I'd like on some flights.

My daughter has allergies to soy, peas, nuts and corn, which is a lot I know. But often can't eat any of the options in J. Corn, soy or nuts spread through everything. She can't eat anything in J on new London dreamliner flights from what I've seen so far. Often can eat nothing on domestic but we will have to bring her own food in J on long haul Qf sectors. Other airlines ok with options. And I can't add alergies to her qf profile or booking preferences. Sulk.
First world dramas I know.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Apr 2011

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Well, the beef does look like a good more basic option. I back pedal on my request for one basic wholesome option, as there it is.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2018

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Menu looks great - using the best contemporary, interesting ingredients. I think Qantas has beyond all airlines the best fresh, innovative and balanced menu. This accompanied by excellent wines, fortified

and Champagnes, served at the right time, pace, quantity with a great attitude!


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