After the rather rushed experience in the First Class lounge we headed onboard via the dedicated first class ramp to our seats – 2A and 3A on the left hand side of the cabin. The benefit of the this side was that there are only the 5 people in the A seats using the aisleway, with passengers in the F and K seats using the opposite aisle.
Leslie settling into her seat, and at the end of the long journey
Finally we were offered a pre-departure beverage and PJs and amenity kits were distributed (including an additional female kit that was accidentally offered to me by the FA who was working the cabin for the second time. He fixed his mistake shortly after but we did not offer to return the kit)
Anyway, after an uneventful take-off I continued with champagne, along with these little hor d’oeuvres
Calvisius sterling caviar tartlet with crème fraîche
Gougeres with peperonata and olive
At that point i switched over to the ottoman seat in Leslie’s suite where we gorged for the next 3 hours on the tasting menu
Asparagus soup with sourdough croutons to kick things off
Leslie then went with the Middle Eastern inspired mezze plate
unfortunately no flavour in this dish
Leslie went for the spinach gnocci with peas, grilled zucchini, tomatoes, goats curd, tarragon and parsley
The red curry of duck with grilled eggplant, stir fried beans and fragrant rice might not have looked like much chop, but it had great flavour.
Leslie is a massive fan of both dessert wines, and ports/ sherry’s. We had developed a good rapport with the cabin crew by this point in time and hence a tasting occurred.
Instead we retreated upstairs to the lounge to watch Bridge of Spies with a bottle or 2 of our friend Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2004.
After all that drinking, what better than a late night snack. A steak sandwich was quickly devoured along with a Baileys on the rocks, before 6 hours of blissful sleep.
Whilst the middle portions of the flight were excellent, both the initial reception, and this final segment of the flight were disappointing from a service point of view.
Of course, we were travelling on award redemptions – one through Asia Miles and the other through Qantas, both booked 11 months in advance, so were paying just a fraction of the RRP for the flights and hence thus the disappointment didn’t last long!
All in all, this was a good, albeit not exceptional trip.