British Airways Reveals Olympics In-Flight Menu
A few weeks ago, we previewed the food scene at the 2012 London Olympics. Beyond fun things like the Great British Menu and the Love British Food festival, we brought up the mouthwatering news that Heston Blumenthal and Simon Hulstone were working together to create a special Olympics-themed menu for flights on British Airways.
Well, the menu is out — it includes three courses for First and Club cabins, a main dish for World Traveler Plus and World Traveler cabins, and will be available on long-haul flights in and out of London Heathrow. Here’s what these lucky jet-setters will be dining on:
First class will get rillettes of mackerel dressed on a pickled cucumber carpaccio to start, followed by potted braised beef with potato and horseradish topping with cabbage, baby carrots, and roasted shallots. The first class passengers will have chilled chocolate fondant with a salted caramel center for dessert. In Club class, they’ll dine on golden beetroot with goat’s cheese and elderflower dressing or a choice of either smoked salmon with Cornish crab roulade (in July) or smoked salmon with pickled cucumber ribbons and crème fraîche (in August), a fish pie with hake and dressed with Parmesan pomme purée, and a lemon curd cheesecake with raspberry and basil compote. British Airways has yet to announce the menus for the final two cabins.
Simon Hulstone’s menus are a nod to menus on British Airways that date back to 1948, which is, in turn, a nod to working with Heston Blumenthal. Blumenthal’s newest London restaurant, Dinner, is a culinary ode to historic dishes.