Virgin Australia serves up new business class menu

A suite of fresh dishes are now taking flight along with the option of digital payments in economy.

By Chris Ashton, June 4 2024
Virgin Australia serves up new business class menu

Soba chicken noodle salad, cheese and chive crumpets with bacon, and corn fritters topped with a zesty relish are a few of the highlight dishes now available on Virgin Australia’s newly-refreshed business class menu.

Taking flight from today, the airline says this latest food and beverage offering is one of the biggest investments to the menu in five years, with economy class also seeing a much-needed expansion of 12 dishes on its buy-onboard menu.

Chickpea tagine with optional pulled beef; cheese tortellini and tomato pesto.
Chickpea tagine with optional pulled beef; cheese tortellini and tomato pesto.

In addition, travellers seated in economy can finally use digital payments including Apple Pay and Google Pay, meaning physical bank cards are no longer the sole way to buy.

Available on a rotating basis, the new business class breakfast menu includes:

  • chia and coconut pudding with mixed berries, kiwi fruit and rhubarb
  • frittata with crumbled feta, pumpkin and tomato relish
  • bacon, egg, sausage, tomato with Turkish bread
  • corn fritters with crumbled goat cheese and capsicum relish
  • cheese and chive crumpet with bacon, scrambled egg and beans
Bacon and eggs with Turkish bread; granola with berries and yoghurt.
Bacon and eggs with Turkish bread; granola with berries and yoghurt.

Later in the day, lunch and dinner spans:

  • orzo and bean salad with yoghurt pesto with optional sliced chicken breast
  • chicken bulgogi with aged rice and broccoli
  • vegetable pasta with pesto with optional sliced chicken breast
  • creamy butter chicken with aged rice and naan bread
  • chickpea and vegetable tagine with couscous with optional pulled beef
  • soy caramel karaage chicken with aged rice
  • pumpkin gnocchi with creamy pesto with optional chorizo
  • spinach and cheese pie with bean ragout
  • soba noodle salad with chicken and teriyaki dressing
  • sweet pork belly with aged rice and vegetables
Chicken soba noodles; sweet pork belly, rice and vegetables.
Chicken soba noodles; sweet pork belly, rice and vegetables.

And to finish, sweet dessert treats such as:

  • goat cheese with apricot and sumac amuse bouche
  • mango coconut cake
  • white chocolate and macadamia cake

Given the ever-evolving dietary requirements of passengers, all menu items in business class have vegetarian options, while some also span vegan and gluten free.

Paul Jones, Virgin Australia’s Chief Customer and Digital Officer, says the menu evolution is about more choice, while also playing into a wider investment in the onboard experience.

“We have also made it easier than ever for guests to pay for their inflight food and beverage when seated in Economy thanks to the introduction of digital wallets and Apple Pay which aligns to the world’s changing banking needs and our customer’s preference to pay using smart phone technology,” Jones explains.

Chia and coconut pudding with mixed berries; carrot and walnut slice.
Chia and coconut pudding with mixed berries; carrot and walnut slice.

In economy, options now include cheese and tomato toasties, chicken and sun-dried pesto wraps, and chicken salad sandwiches, while passengers on longer east-west or select international flights also have the option of pesto pasta and Penang chicken curry.

Virgin’s menu upgrade closely follows rival Qantas, which recently reinstated more substantial hot snacks and meals in economy passengers for flights of more than two hours.

QF

11 Jul 2014

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I just wish they brought back Serendipity Ice Cream as well

03 May 2021

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Looks pretty decent. It’s also good that you can get proper meals in economy on long domestic flights not just toasties.

Lmc
Lmc

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Nov 2018

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If you pay for them ….. 

17 Jan 2018

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Gluten free business class meals is a very welcome addition!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Jan 2018

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I was quite under whelmed by the red wine serviced in business class last time I flew, was hoping for news of an improvement when I read " ... this latest food and beverage offering ... ".     Am here to help, Virgin, have MCC Long Room Wine & Food Society experience in abundance (hic!), give me a call.    After all, if Qantas can get this right . . . 

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06 Mar 2015

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I flew from perth to Brisbane yesterday with VA in Business Class and the meal offering for lunch was abysmal to say the least.  A sparkling wine was offered before departure but nothing whatever to drink  for  the next 40 minutes in spite of asking, the first drink was a red wine with lunch. As for lunch it was supposed to be lasagne but it did not even look like lasagne let alone taste like one , soggy , tasted like cardboard paper with few ingredients and the sides were inedible. The Lead F/A apologised for the poor standard and was going to report it. This is not the first time I have had a poor quality meal out of Perth flying VA.

Given the article in this post I am very dissappointed indeed in VA's food quality that I have experinced and I must say that my fellow passengers meal did not look very nice and he only ate half of it.

Certainly nowhere anyway near as good as depicted in the article written by Chris Ashton.


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