Five-star restaurant in the sky? – Emirates Business Class food review

If you ever get the chance, I urge you all to give it a go

Ben Welham posted in Travel
5w ago

I am fortunate enough to be able to fly with Emirates Airline more often than I probably deserve. Therefore, I should preface by saying this isn't my first Business Class experience, but since I am on FoodTribe, I thought I may as well share this experience with all you foodies – considering this is some of the best food in the sky.

The reason I embarked on this journey was to see family who live in Dubai and whom I haven't seen for two years thanks to the pandemic.

Anyway, let's not get bogged down with any of my personal life – let's get on with the food and drinks, shall we?

What's the seat like?

Just before we get into the nitty-gritty bits regarding the food, I should probably explain what the seats themselves are like. They are quite a nice step up from economy class because you get more legroom, a bigger screen (and two tablets), a mini-bar, and excellent service from your designated flight attendant.

When you sit down at your seat, you are greeted by a member of staff who will be at your service throughout the duration of the flight, which in my case was roughly seven hours (Manchester to Dubai).

Once they have welcomed you aboard, they then offer you a choice of drink and of course, I opted for a prestigious glass of Moët and Chandon Impérial Brut champagne from France which was quite addictive. Once you have been given this, the flight attendants offer everyone the wine and food menus which is where it gets good.

What did I eat?

As you can see from the photo above, the choice of food from this three-course meal was quite extensive for a flight. I opted for traditional Arabic mezze followed by the roasted chicken. I then had the blueberry and vanilla slice for dessert which went down a treat.

Starter: Traditional Arabic mezze

The selection of dips on offer with my starter were really rather good. My favourite was the houmous because who doesn't love a bit of that? However, if I am being brutally honest, there needed to be more pitta bread included – perhaps a slice of two more to soak everything up. But thankfully, there are staff wandering around the plane offering out warm bread. I would highly recommend the garlic bread which is the best in the air, no debates.

Overall, I'd give the starter a 9/10. It served as a proper traditional Arabic mezze and did not disappoint. The salad was excellent too.

Main: Roasted chicken

This dish was absolutely perfect. The chicken was lovely and tender, the asparagus was cooked perfectly, and the sauce and toasted barley risotto were superb. It paired nicely with my Aperol Spritz because my tastebuds are too immature to enjoy a meal with a glass of white wine.

This would sit at a solid 10/10 for me. No, it isn't perhaps as good as some Michelin-star restaurants on land, but for the sky, it's bloody delicious and better than most things I would eat off a plane.

Dessert: Blueberry and vanilla slice

The blueberry slice was small but perfectly formed. Orange compote was an odd addition I thought, another jam such as blueberry or strawberry wouldn’t have gone amiss, but it was good nonetheless. What I liked about it is that all Emirates desserts come with a little carton of chocolates which taste amazing. I had all this with a cappuccino which tasted a bit cheap, but you can't expect them to have a full-on coffee machine in the sky, can you? I suspect it was a Nespresso pod.

This will get a 7/10 making it my lowest scored meal. This is because I thought the orange compote was an odd choice and this coffee wasn't that good. But still, excellent for 40,000 feet in the air.

Next, a trip to the in-flight bar

One of the many things that separated Emirates from other airlines is its in-flight bar, found on the upper deck of the A380 alongside Business and First Class seats. This is a place where you can get 'bevved up' and enjoy a selection of snacks that are listed on the menu.

This idea is absolutely genius because not only can you order from an extensive alcoholic menu, but you also get to meet other passengers and chat with the lovely crew. Admittedly, this flight was quite empty so there weren't many people at the bar, but I did meet one chap from Liverpool. We sat and chatted for about an hour while consuming many beers and Espresso Martinis. I didn't catch his name, but I do remember he proudly referred to economy class as being 'the farmyard' – the kind of remark John Coleman would blurt out after one too many pints of ports… yes pints.

The return flight

My initial plan was to write a review of my return flight too, but I will tell you why I did not. Well, it's simple really, I slept for most of it. However, I did take photos of what I did eat which included orange juice and hibiscus and ginger juice when I boarded. For breakfast, I had a pastry and a coffee, and for lunch, I enjoyed a delicious Emirati-spiced piece of roasted kingfish. Then, I nipped to the bar and grabbed a bag of M&Ms.

All in all then, I cannot stress enough how good the service and food is on an Emirates flight. Any of you who have experienced it before will know its level of excellence. And if you don't want to pay the extra for business or first class, then economy meals are really good too – and there's alcohol.

If you have any questions about the experience that I didn't cover in this article or other details you wish to know, don't hesitate to pop a comment at the end.

Have you ever flown with Emirates? What did you think?

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Comments (21)

  • That's me, Cabin Crew with Etihad Airways (Emirates sister airline) sorry Ben, just thought of sharing this pic as a memory when I saw the pics of your flight.

      1 month ago
  • I love that Emirates kept ordering A380s even as other airlines balked and cancelled, largely because they love putting bars in planes. It's legendary.

    Anyway I'm surprised you didn't send this lovely fare back to the kitchen and demand a Greggs sausage roll and a cup of cordial.

      1 month ago
  • Very cool, it ALMOST makes me yearn to travel... but no, I'm a tree-type person, I stay in on spot. 😂 It looks like they treated you well, though. I have to say, I love your strey socks! 😁

      1 month ago
  • Emirates is top notch all the way. My mom flew with them in economy when she went to Dubai, and she absolutely loved it. Have you had midnight treats? She said they served pizza in the middle of the night for anyone who was awake 😄 Even in economy they provided little bottles of wine, full course meals, snacks, everything. I was actually going to try out to be part of the cabin crew but unfortunately my motion sickness wouldn't let me lol Anyway great post! I'm glad you get to fly with them often. I can't wait to one day, I'd love to see Dubai.

      1 month ago
    • Wow I’ve never heard of midnight pizza being served - what a treat! I have been offered a little tub of ice cream during the night before which was nice.

        1 month ago
    • Yes all Gulf Airlines have this service. The products and services they offer in each cabin class is really worth the appreciation. They are very rich in their customer service. I live in Dubai. I hope you do pay a visit here soon Amanda

        1 month ago
  • Nice socks, man! 😂 I haven't flown with them yet, but it's really tempting after reading this 😊

      1 month ago