Dining on Emirates - the world’s largest flying restaurant

Bangalore, 24 October 2017 - Emirates serves more than 100 million meals a year with the same attention to detail in First, Business and Economy Class. Catering for more than 55 million dine-in guests a year travelling to and from 144 cities across 6 continents, no one understands global culinary trends better than Emirates as it serves destination-inspired cuisine onboard the world’s largest flying restaurant.

With a catering investment of US$1 billion per year, Emirates runs around-the-clock kitchen with 1,200 chefs based in Dubai whipping up 12,450recipes. The finely-tuned operation caters 590 flights a day with authenticlocal cuisines giving customers a taste of the destination they are going to.The airline also works closely with 25 catering partners around the world toprovide the same quality of food for its Dubai-bound flights. 

Local flavour 

Emirates’ focus on local flavour, means it has food available from everyregion it flies to. The meals which are most popular on Indian routes areheavily flavoured with spices and aromatic herbs and this includes stews andcurries to cater to the taste buds of travellers. The airline recently servedtraditional Indian sweets like Motichoor ke laddoos and Dry fruit burfi on allon flights to India from Dubai, for the week of Diwali celebrations. The sweetswere presented in decorated boxes with special artwork and garnished withpistachio and silver leaf embellishment, representing the traditionaldecoration of Diwali. 

Flights to Japan for example, offer authentic Kaiseki cuisine and Bentoboxes served with Japanese crockery, cutlery and tea sets to ensure anunrivalled food experience on board.

The new menu features a broad range of traditional local favourites suchas minted lamb sausages. Reflecting Australia’s multiculturalism, the menu alsoincludes Asian flavours, as well as Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients,catering to Emirates’ diverse passenger mix and representing its global routenetwork. 

To keep up with regional and seasonal food trends, Emirates changes itsonboard menus monthly and continually reviews its recipes. 

The varied menus on each route are also reflected in the bread basketsserved on board. Flavoured breads or breads produced with a sourdough base arepopular on European routes while parathas, pooris, and naan bread are served onall nine Emirates routes to India.  On its Middle Eastern routes,customers get to enjoy Arabic bread - Markook - a very thin unleavened breadcommon in the region, and Manakesh which is either topped with Zaatar orCheese. 

In premium classes, meals are served on Royal Doulton tableware withRobert Welch cutlery specially designed for Emirates. 

Global partners, best of local and artisanal produce

Emirates focuses on simple, well cooked dishes that emphasise freshingredients of the highest quality. The airline brings the finest products onboard through long standing partnerships worldwide, and supporting localsuppliers and artisans. This includes sourcing over 15,000 kilograms of Persianfeta from the Yarra Valley in Australia each year. The olive oil served onboard is exclusively from carbon neutral producer Monte Vibiano in Italy, apartnership that is now more than 15 years old.

Like any star-rated restaurant, Emirates pays special attention to itswine lists, boasting world class champagne and wines. The wines on each routeare carefully selected to complement the menu and include exclusives found onlyon Emirates such as the Dom Pérignon 2005 Rosé champagne and 1963 Graham’sColheita Port. A long term buying strategy also means that the airline has 3.8million bottles of wines currently stored in its cellar in Burgundy, France tobe served in the next seven to 10 years. 

Coffee and tea are the two most widely consumed beverages onboard.  Emirates has been serving Dilmah tea across all its cabins for thelast 25 years. Over 9.6 million tea bags are used each year with more than 10tea varieties on offer, including an exclusive blend created for the airlineserved in First Class called the Emirates Signature Tea. Illy and Nespressocoffee can be found in premium cabins, where espressos and cappuccinos are themost popular requests. 

Emirates also offers child-friendly meals for its youngest customers anddedicated menus for medical or religious meal requirements which are designedwith a team of nutritionists and chefs. 

The airline also develops seasonal menus where possible, such as aChristmas menu in December and specially created boxes for those fasting duringthe holy month of Ramadan. 

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