Date: June – July 2015
I had just returned from my exhausting but extremely rewarding trip to Europe encompassing 6 cities – Milan, Venice, Zurich, Basel, London and Paris – courtesy of my brother! Surprisingly, I did not experience much jet lag at all while in Europe, it was only when I returned to Hong Kong that the lack of sleep and fatigue struck! Let’s see how long I shall remain in European time! 😁
Everyone knows the perks of travelling First and Business Classes – the use of lounge service! Needless to say, the lounge was jammed-packed with people. After checking in and going through customs and immigration, I gladly headed left into the First Class Lounge.
Relaxing lounge not, this is akin to a cafeteria in peak hours!
… Whatever, I finally found a seat, settled down and relaxed with free-flow Billecart Salmon Brut Rose with some nuts. 😁
As our flight is taking off at 1am – I sampled some dessert from the buffet. A sugar hit is the perfect way to counter any hangover.
Pralines, Pear Tart and a modern-take on the Chinese mango pudding. The egg yolk look (mango puree on mango pudding) and in a boat-shaped bowl topped with pistachio bits was the reason I chose this dessert. 😋
On-board the flight before take-off, I was served a chilled scallop. It’s nice to have something tangy and zesty to chew. I was nearly asleep but wanted to stay up for the dinner menu especially created for First Class passengers on Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to Milan, aptly called “Inspired by Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong“.
Chilled scallop ceviche with pomelo, lime and lavash
Here’s the dishes created by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky.
First Class Meal from Hong Kong to Milan
Starter: A very fresh summer salad of prociutto ham and vegetable salad served in olive oil and lemon juice.
Vegetable a la Grecque
Soup: The lumpy soup was very heavy and extremely filling
Courgette Soup with Ricotta Tortellini
Main: A REALLY lovely piece of fish, perfectly cooked and rival that in restaurants on-land! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Line-caught Seabass, crushed potato, summer vegetable, caviar
Dessert: Would be a Chocolate Dome, mousse, rapsberry, sauce… but I skipped that as I was too tired and stuffed…
The next morning, I had…
Coffee with biscotti – very Italian! 👅
Chocolates that I missed last night!
Fruits and muffins
After the highlights to Milan, on my return leg from Paris to Hong Kong, the inflight meal was very anti-climax. 😓 (Aside: I noticed that most of the lady passengers have in their arms, new Channel bags! 😍)
Business Class Meal from Paris to Hong Kong
Foie Gras, Brioche, Peach and Peach Chutney
The accompanying toasted brioche for foie gras was soggy so I got a piece of bread which was the highlight of the meal!
Salad: Wilted Salad leaves did not fare well either…
Main: I wanted to have beef but seeing unappetizing gravy drenched on top of the beef on the lunch trolley, I opted for lamb instead. There are 2 pieces of lambs, edible with side of soggy onions and potatoes.
Cheese Plate with glass of Penfold’s Port
So the ‘moral’ of the story is, if there’s any, First Class meals rocks!😄