Talk about a step down. After my Garuda First Class flight my next flight was a 10hr flight to Houston in United Economy on UA21. I decided not to upgrade because economy was only about ¼ full and if I can have a row to myself I really don’t mind flying behind the curtain. What surprised me was the meal, the subject of this week’s Meal of the Week.
I have flown Untied Polaris twice recently and really enjoyed the food. In almost all aspects it is a step up over the previous BusinessFirst and Global First offerings. But this flight was in economy class. I figured the food would not be great so enjoyed a large breakfast prior to the 10am flight.
Shortly after levelling off the meal service began with the choices of spinach manicotti or chicken breast with risotto. I had planned on ordering pasta but the spinach…oh well, chicken it was.
Wow! The chicken was tender, flavorful, and did not have that microwave dinner taste (you know what I mean). The mushroom sauce was perfect – unlike the sauce on my short rib in Polaris earlier in the month. Even better, the risotto was absolutely outstanding. I love risotto and would like to think that I can discern good and bad. This was some really tasty mushroom risotto.
The grain salad and bread were not great, but it did not matter – I was satisfied. Oh, props to United for even offering real Kerrygold Irish butter.
Fast-forward to an hour before landing. Hot sandwiches were served: turkey and gouda on a pretzel roll. That makes a better meal in my book than the chicken breast served in Polaris. Delicious.
So perhaps it was just for this particular flight or a testament to my unrefined tastes, but I appreciated the meal so much on my AMS-IAH United this week I’d honestly say it beat my first class meal from just a few weeks earlier.