Look, let’s be honest. If we’re #hangry enough, we’ll eat pretty much
anything on a flight. The depressing gruel that flight attendants slop
out as “dinner.” An errant mint (score!) discovered in a carry-on. A
loud bag of snack chips, secured for a bargain of $5.99 at the terminal,
that fills the otherwise quiet cabin with wafting aromas of ranch and
Sorry, everybody. We do what we must.
But it still fills our hearts with hope when we hear of airlines making culinary upgrades. Here’s a big one: Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA)
has announced a partnership with Master Chef Joachim Splichal and his
25-year old flagship restaurant, Patina, that will debut a new in-flight
menu for business class passengers flying out of LAX. (ANA has recently
launched similar chef ventures for flights out of Singapore, China Hong
Kong and Thailand.) Patina, a Michelin-starred legend in the Los
Angeles restaurant scene, is known for elegant and innovative
presentation of slightly Americanized takes on French fine dining.
Starting December 1, that will translate to seasonally updated ANA menus
with options like grouper with almond pistou and cranberry beans, and
fillet of beef with black chanterelle mushrooms.
You can see the latter above. If it comes out of the cabin kitchen looking that way, we’ll be mighty impressed.
This isn’t the only high-profile collaboration undertaken by ANA. NYC
fashion designer Prabal Gurung, the red carpet darling who has dressed
everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Your Mom (via Target), has created
ANA’s new cabin crew uniforms for 2015. Out: navy pinstripes. In: gray
and slate with zippy stripes of electric blue.