I was reasonably excited when United Airlines announced the new meal choices coming for lunch and dinner late last year. Mostly because after a couple years of eating the same thing I was looking for a bit of variety. I was invited to a preview tasting back in August and certainly ate my fill. But this is the first week I’ve had the opportunity to try out one of the new meals in flight. So, what’s the verdict??
They don’t really look all that different to me. Didn’t taste much different, either. The roast beef was a bit more well done but still great flavor and the blue cheese (it is in there, I promise) was tangy. I even tried the onion soup which wasn’t too bad; there is a nice sweetness to it.
If I’m going to pick a complaint it is the pretzel roll served along side the meal. Not pretzel-y enough (if that’s really a thing). It was OK and soaked up the soup just fine, but not a great roll. Plus, as expected, no bread plate.
I’m not going to pretend that it was a gourmet meal served on fine china, but it was identical to the flavors I experienced during the taste test on the ground. Same portion size, too. And I liked it on the ground (read my review here) so no real surprise that I enjoyed it in the air, too.