Singapore Airlines debuts new Australia-themed inflight meals

By Chris Chamberlin , March 22 2017
Singapore Airlines debuts new Australia-themed inflight meals

Passengers jetting from Sydney to Singapore with Singapore Airlines over the coming months can tuck into a selection of new inflight dishes inspired by Australia’s native flavours and local produce, as the airline celebrates 50 years of flying Down Under.

Up the very front in first class (or ‘Suites Class’ on Airbus A380 flights), high flyers can devour pan- seared, myrtle-rubbed Tasmanian salmon as their lunch or dinner, followed by a tropical Queensland coconut panna cotta on flights from March 27 through April 30.

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Throughout May, that switches to a salt bush- and wild tomato-seasoned Jack's Creek Wagyu sirloin aside vegetables and roasted kipfler potatoes as the main course, plus a warm peach and passion berry tart with macadamia ice cream and Daintree vanilla bean anglaise:

June sees a highlight of oven-flashed lemon myrtle-rubbed prawns atop pearl couscous and native lime caviar vinaigrette, and an Australian Granny Smith apple dome with cinnamon ice cream, prepared using apples from Stanthorpe, Queensland.

“We’ve used herbs from South Australia and native bush spices from regional New South Wales,” explains Gate Gourmet Regional Executive Chef for Asia Pacific Jeremy Steele: the catering supplier used by Singapore Airlines in Sydney.

“The Tasmanian salmon has been marinated in aniseed myrtle, which gives it a distinctive flavour, while the bush tomatoes have been hand-harvested from the central Australian desert, between Tennant Creek NT to Marla in South Australia,” he continues.

Business class travellers can instead dine upon seared, roasted and corn-fed chicken breast with native thyme and bush tomato jus plus a chocolate delice with wattleseed on Sydney-Singapore flights between March 27 and April 30…

… while the Australiana dishes from May 1 until June 30 find that chicken ricotta-stuffed with a lime-spiced roasted chicken jus, ahead of a pear crumble with Daintree Rainforest vanilla crème anglaise to follow.

Passengers in premium economy and economy class aren’t forgotten either, with guests in both cabins treated to a Cooper’s Pale Ale braised Black Angus beef dish on flights from March 27 through April 30, and a pan-roasted chicken breast with ironbark honey jus in May and June.

 “The flavours we have selected will resonate with many Australian travellers and give tourists leaving Australia a taste to remember,” Steele concludes.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

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They haven't sacrificed the delicious satay skewers I hope! LoL

Seriously impressive photography that makes each and every one of these dishes look tantalising - irrespective of what class you're in. Looks like the SQ-Gate Gourmet combo comes up trumps again.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Didn't know SQ's catering in Australia is by Gate Gourmet.

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

19 Mar 2016

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Hi Kimshep.  I fly out of Melb every month or so and have never had the famous satay skewers.  I have asked numerous crews why they don't serve them and have been told 100% of the time that its due to our quarantine requirements that they cannot bring the satay sauce into Aus...

So, just asking have you had the satay skewers out of Australia??

Thanks, Taylor

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

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@Taylor. Only inter-Asia. Hence, my somewhat cynical subtle take with the 'LoL' tag.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2012

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SQ need to switch to MH's caterers, they seem to be able to locate satay sauce in Australia, and they have the best satay in the sky by all accounts.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Living in Asia I fly SQ quite a lot, and have never had these famous skewers. Only airline I ever recall getting them was MH.

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

19 Mar 2016

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Hey Kimshep.

I have had them out of Europe (AMS,LHR,CDG) and let me say they are dam good! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Apr 2011

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My impression is that SQ meals out of MEL have improved noticeably in the past 2 or 3 years, more so than those out of SIN. I'm travelling in May & look forward to trying these new offerings

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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I fly SQ around Asia (never back to Aus) and reckon their meals and general service has gone down big time in past few years. 


Would be interesting to fly back to Aus with them and see if any major difference.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2013

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That's quite some area they searched for those bush tomatoes!

23 Sep 2015

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Is that part of Book the Cook or just the standard menu choices? 

We understand these dishes will be available via the main inflight menu (but nobody would judge you for pre-ordering SQ's Lobster Thermidor instead in business class or first/Suites, of course!).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Oct 2015

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Jack's creek wagyu was also awarded world's best steak 2 years in a row. Not a bad choice for those flying F.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Dec 2014

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Just Sydney? Not Melbourne?

Correct: these dishes are only available on flights from Sydney.

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

19 Mar 2016

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I think when it come for quality of SQ catering both in the lounges and on board out of Melbourne the competition smashes it against SQ in both business and first.  SQ rarely changes its menus and has been rotating them for years whilst QF, EY etc actually change the menus every quarter.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Apr 2011

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@ Taylor

4 SQ flights out of MEL in the past 3 years & enough options to avoid any duplication of meals but I guess a lot depends on what one does & doesn't eat. I'm interested to fly out of SYD next time & see how the quality/range of food compares

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

19 Mar 2016

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Hey Agfox.  I am really pleased for you.  I fly approx. 10 times a year with SQ (in J & F) and find the menus boring out of Melbourne and the quality has dropped, this however is off set by the great service the crew provides.  It would be great if you could give us all your thoughts about catering out of Syd? 

07 Dec 2016

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Being a Female and vegetarian J and First Flyer, (stop the groans now!) I am with SIA  1) because they give multiple vegetarian options and 2) because they ensure more toilets per passenger than QF in J class. 


Would love it if SQ ensured bush tomatoes and herbs found their way into veg dishes... sigh!

QFs measly toilet options irritate all Female Business travellers, especially if we have had children. Biologically we have less bladder capacity. Was so disheartened to learn that even with the new QF 787s, J flyers will again have less toilet capacity.. Come on QF, up your standards

10 Jan 2017

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So no change in economy then, been flying monthly on SQ for 6 years from Melbourne and it's invariably been beef stew or chicken breast.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

22 Dec 2016

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I have to say, MH serves them, and theirs are beautiful.

CP
CP

SilkAir - KrisFlyer

28 Mar 2017

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SQ Suites/First was my flight of choice from Aus until  three years ago when it became apparent that the food (yes, I am vegetarian) was inferior to previous experiences.  SQs lack of respect for Melbourne in terms of inferior metal and catering has not been appreciated.

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

19 Mar 2016

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Hey CP.  Can I ask who you fly with now out of Melb?  I understand that SQ's first flights to Aus was actually Perth (and I could be very wrong), so I don't see why SQ would only offer the Aus inspired meals out of Sydney alone.

Chris - perhaps that could be something you can ask SQ why they are so Sydney focused and forgetting the rest of the country?? 

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