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Thursday, September 08, 2005

QF9: Melbourne to Singapore (The Food)

DINNER
Entree
Salad of smoked salmon and fennel with dill dressing

Mains
Saffron and Cinnamon Braised chicken with couscous and harissa
Beef fillet with provencale vegetables and mustard seed jus*
Seared blue eye with green beens and semi dried tomatoes, pine nuts and mint sauce
served with a green leaf salad with herb vinaigrete

Dessert
Selection of Seasonal cheese and dried fruit
“Nice” cream mango and vanilla ice-cream with passionfruit sauce*
Sliced fresh fruit

Valrhona Chocolate
Patons Macadamia cookies

OR

Express dinner
Tomato, lentil and buttermilk soup with parmessan
salad of smoked salmon & fennel with dill dressing
served with a green leaf salad with herb vinaigrette

(*my picks)

Entree:
3 finely slices of salmon sit underneath a domed juilene of fennel, the dressing is applied by the staff just prior to serving; it’s light and refreshing, subltly flavoured with dill. The dish has classical flavours that work well, the tender salmon plays with the crunch of the fennel, the dill dressing extending the flavours, providing a slight sweetness to the dish and lessening any bitterness the fennel might have.

Main:
A thick disc (5 cm x 5cm) of beef is surrounded by a rough cut dice of zucchini, eggplant, capsicum and onion stewed in a tomato based sauce, mustard seeds are scattered over the steaks surface. The beef appears to be served one way - well done, but it’s still a tender piece - it has to be since we are only given plastic knives. The mustard jus is underwhelming and doesn’t offer anything to the dish. Provencal vegetables are probably a little over cooked

Dessert:
I opted for the ice-cream as this is Qantas featured supplier for the month - apparently they make their ice-cream with only cream, eggs and sugar, hmm, fancy that. “Nice” is the brand name - and probably an apt description. It’s a nice slice of ice-cream, half mango flavoured, half vanilla flavour, a thick pool of passionfruit sauces sits in the middle, a splattering of passionfruit seeds give at least the illusion at its made with real passionfruit.
The mango overpowers the subtle vanilla, the passionfruit sauce kills it. The sauce is oversweet and probably went better with the mango. The vanilla ice-cream by itself is quite creamy and..nice.


Refreshment
available throughout the trip
Create your own toasted sandwich from the following
Turkish bread or sourdough baquette
Sliced roast beef, leg ham, brie, gruyere, marinated artichokes, chargrilled eggplant, baby rocket leaves, tomato relish

Fresh whole fruit
Mother Meg white chocolate & macadamia biscuits
Maggie Beer Ice cream tubs
Cheese and biscuits
Chocolate bars


If i had continued on this flight here is there menu offered:
Singapore to London

SUPPER
Main Courses
Chicken with steamed vegetables, new potatoes and thyme jus
Braised beef with bamboo shoots, black fungus and fragrant rice
Baked penne with tuna, tomato and capers
Toasted provolone, capsicum and zucchini focaccia
green leaf salad with cucumber and cherry tomatoes

Dessert
Selection of seasonal cheese and dried fruit
Apple and frangipane tart with mascarpone cream
Sliced fresh fruit

Chocolates:
Paton’s macadamia chocolates

Refreshment
Focaccia or Baguette with
roast chicken, smoked salmon, cream cheese, provolone, roast capsicum, semi-dried tomatoes, char grilled zucchini, aioli

Fresh whole fruit
Chocolate brownie biscuit
Cheese and biscuits
Chocolate bars


BEVERAGES:
Champagne
Charles Aheidsieck 2000 Mis en Cave

Apertifs
Campari - Seppelt DP116 Dry Amontillado Sherry

Spirits
Glenlivet Malt Whiskey - Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky - Wyborowa Classic Vodka - Wild Turkey 86.8 Bourbon - Tanqueray London Dry Gin - Bacardi White Rumm - Inner Circle (Green Dot) Dark Rum 57.2%

Beers
Victoria Bitter - Foster’s Lager - Tooheys New- Hahn Premium Light

Non-Alcoholic
orange juice - tomato juice - apple juice - mineral water - soda water - tonic water - ginger ale - lemonade - cola - diet cola

Hot Beverages
Coffee - piazza d’oro
bodum - decaffeinated

Tea - dilmah
english breakfast - jasmine green - chamomile - peppermint

hot chocolate

liqueurs
Cointreau - Baileys Irish Cream

fortified
penfolds bluestone 10yo tawny port - morris rutherglen liqueur muscat

cognac
martell vsop

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