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Hope You're Hungry: United's Business Class Meals Between San Francisco and Tokyo

September 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM | by | ()

"The 'Grilled Shrimp Brochette' looks nice, but then so does the 'Saté Spiced Chicken!'"

No, you are not in a restaurant. You are 38,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, sitting in Business Class on a United 777, and you've got a printed menu open in your hands. Hard to believe? Hopefully not, because that was us recently after scoring a last-minute paid upgrade.

We've begun by telling you how we got it, now it's on to the experience of the flights themselves. Key to the fun of chilling in biz is enjoying the actual plated meals, instead of a plastic tray of "fish or meat" in economy.

For the first of our two international legs—San Francisco to Tokyo-Narita, an 11.5-hour flight—we went all out. The shrimp brochettes, the filet mignon and chocolate ice cream all ended up in our belly. We'll let the photos do most of the talking, but we do have two little explanations for our choices:

· We're fascinated by compound butter. Ever since we peeked into the kitchen during a Singapore Airlines menu session, we've kept our eyes open for the stuff on menus.
· As much as we love cheese plates, the fact that we can eat ice cream on an airplane is too cool to pass up. Always opt for the ice cream.

Final word on the food? It was good. Edible. We've had better.

Note: The menu's fine print says that this same selection will be found on flights this season to Narita from IAD, LAX, ORD and SEA in addition to SFO.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]

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