Unlimited Persian caviar and vintage Dom Perignon champagne are the headline acts among Emirates revised First class dining experience, which is set to make its delicious debut on select routes later this month.
Available to first class flyers winging from Dubai to Sydney, the new menu features pan-fried beef tenderloin with steamed snow peas, jus lié and new potatoes, along with Arabic spiced chicken with aromatic rice, tapioca dumplings and the ever-popular pan-seared salmon.
As part of Emirates’ Dine-on-demand service, travellers opting to partake in some fish roe will find it served with a mother-of-pearl spoon and alongside accompaniments including melba toast, egg, chives, white onions, sour cream and lemon.
In the other direction, the menu may feature Australian Angus beef and Yarra Valley cheeses, Italian olive oil and produce sourced from Japanese farms.
When it’s time to kick back and enjoy a movie, Emirates’ new ‘Cinema in the Sky’ offering allows first guests to request a selection of gourmet and traditional movie snacks ranging from lobster rolls and sliders to the simple treat of a bowl of salted popcorn.
The new menus are part of a significant US$2 billion upgrade to the inflight experience, which will see much of the fleet retrofitted with the latest cabin interiors including newly upholstered seating, panelling, and flooring from November 2022.
Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark, said the Gulf carrier was “flying against the grain” by investing in the passenger experience when others around it were cutting costs.
First class is not the only cabin enjoying a dining upgrade, with Emirates also introducing a vegan menu available for pre-ordering across business, premium economy and economy class to cater to growing numbers opting for the plant-based lifestyle.
As a pre-dinner tempter, flights departing from Dubai will offer guests a sample of fresh greens harvested from Emirates’ own vertical farm, Bustanica.
Selections to follow include pan-roasted king oyster mushrooms, jackfruit biryani, sliced kohlrabi with burnt orange, zucchini tart and vegan mapo tofu. After-dinner treat selections will include chocolate truffle cake with roasted hazelnuts, pistachio and gold leaf, or green grape tart dressed with candied rose petals, custard and berry compote.
Passengers wishing to pre-order an Emirates vegan meal can do so by looking out for a vegan icon on the menu to indicate the item is indeed plant-based.