New Qantas first class inflight menu for Spring

By David Flynn, September 5 2014

Flying first class with Qantas over the next few months? Then you're in for even more of a treat than usual as the seasonal menu turns to the flavours of Spring.

Earlier this week we shared the pre-flight delights of the latest menu in the award-winning Qantas First Lounges and Qantas International Business Class... but there's plenty of sky-high dining to enjoy if you're at the pointy end of the plane.

“Many of the dishes are new to this particular menu” says Roger Barstow, one of four chefs from Neil Perry’s Rockpool Group who work with Qantas to shape its international inflight dining.

“That includes the lobster and chervil tartlet, the beef carpaccio and caramel crème dessert.”

Here are some of the highlights from the menu for QF1, Qantas’ flagship Airbus A380 service to Dubai and London.

A lobster and chervil tartlet joins the lamb kibbeh with cumin spiced yoghurt as a pre-dinner canapé.

Next, choose between the asparagus, goats curd, green peas and Ligurian olive salad with lemon vinaigrette (which is also offered as a Small Plate on the new business class menu)…

… or the beef carpaccio with marinated mushrooms, parsley and parmigiano reggiano.

The first class Small Plate selection includes snapper laksa (which features as a Main Plate in business class)…

… and prawn tortellini with pine nuts, preserved lemon, sultanas and burnt butter.

(There’s also that fave of frequent flyers, the ‘signature steak sandwich’ with tomato and chilli relish.) 

Let’s assume you’re not already full from adding those lighter dishes on top of dining at the Qantas First Lounge, and that you’ve still got room for a Main Plate.

The star of the new Spring menu would be the pan-fried Patagonian toothfish served with zucchini, chilli and tomato scapece, polenta and pine nut pesto.

The toothfish is from “Glacier 51”, a sustainable fishing zone in the Australian ares of the sub-Antarctic region. 

Also on offer:

  • a salad of roasted red capsicum and pumpkin with farro, corn and borlotti beans
  • chicken breast poached with spring vegetables, Dutch cream potatoes and seeded mustard
  • seared snapper with shaved fennel, snow peas, lemon and olive oil
  • the famous Rockpool Bar & Grill-style braised beef cheek with Mac and Cheese, broccolini and your choice of horseradish, seeded or hot English mustard

If that’s not enough, there’s an additional dish which isn’t listed on the menu but will be suggested to first class travellers by the cabin team.

This is the Market Inspiration plate, which combines best-of-season ingredients but is typically available for only four weeks at a time.

Right now it’s a delicious Fraser Island spanner crab served with Pepe Saya truffle butter and spaghetti.

“It’s all driven by seasonality, so we’re using produce when it’s at its best” Barstow says of the dish, which will be offered only through to September 28 before another special plate takes its place.

Other Rockpool favourites now appearing on the first class menu of other Qantas flights will include

  • snapper poached in coconut milk and garam masala with fine egg noodles and snow peas
  • beef fillet with green beans, potato and cabbage gratin
  • roast lamb rack with roasted rosemary potatoes and a choice of harissa or minted jelly
  • and for dessert, a caramel crème served with strawberries

The Qantas First Class Tasting Menu

If that's all just too much to choose from, Qantas offers a classy alternative: a tasting menu which takes you from canapes to chocolates in nine courses, with sommeliers to pair up each dish with the perfect wines.

Here's the Spring 2014 tasting menu for QF1 from Sydney to Dubai:

  • Lobster and chervil tartlet
  • Lamb kibbeh with cumin spiced yoghurt
  • Cream of cauliflower soup with toasted hazelnuts, eschalots and breadcrumbs
  • Beef carpaccio with marinated mushrooms, parsley and parmigiano reggiano
  • Pan fried “Glacier 51” Patagonian toothfish with zucchini, chilli and tomato scapece, polenta and pine nut pesto - or -
  • Rockpool Bar & Grill style braised beef cheek with “Mac and Cheese”, broccolini and your choice of horseradish, seeded or hot English mustard
  • Salad of baby cos, radicchio and frisée with palm sugar vinaigrette
  • Caramel crème with strawberries
  • Selection of cheese served with accompaniments
  • Cacao handmade chocolates 

Australian Business Traveller's Chris Chamberlin sampled the Winter 2014 tasting menu in August on a Qantas A380 from Sydney to Hong Kong, and described it as being "closer to something you’d expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant on the ground than flying high at 40,000 feet."

Read: A Qantas degustation – the A380 first class tasting menu

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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.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

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While not overly excited by Rockpool,the menu was the same as listed on a flight to LAX i did just a couple of days to go.They do well out of SYD but do not expect the same outbound from LAX or LHR.

04 Jan 2014

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Looks fantastic. We are on SYD-DFW QF7 in First next month. Hope they have some thing similar

06 Jun 2014

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Will this First Class Tasting Menu be available on the QF 2 Dubai to Sydney route, around May 2015 ?

05 Jul 2012

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Why is there SO MUCH seafood?  It's ridiculous.  I flew Sydney to LAX last month in Business and I think 5 of the 8 main meals were seafood!!!!  I don't eat seafood and many other people don't either.  Sure lots of people do, but to make the majority of main meals seafood is over the top.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jul 2013

Total posts 27

Qantas is constantly criticised, sometimes justifiably, sometimes mischievously, but in my view one thing about the airline stands out. The business class dining on long haul these days is outstanding, and certainly better than the ho-hum stuff served on QF's partner Emirates. And with Taittinger Comtes in First and Charles Heidsieck NV in Business, QF serves better champagnes than anybody.


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