The Singapore Airlines Business and First Class menus are developed in partnership with a team of accomplished chefs from around the worldcelebrity chefs in the culinary world, not on reality TV. The SQ 25 route from JFK - FRA - SIN features dishes from NYC chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar & Grill, and French chef Georges Blanc (who has three Michelin stars).
When you first settle in to your Business Class seat, the Singapore Girls will come around offering pre-departure beverages or taking cocktail orders. This is the perfect opportunity to reach for the thick menu and start drooling over what's to come, without seeming overly eager.
There are four full meals to eat on the route, with the option of adding more via a "light bites" menu. The Singapore Girls are lectured on plating and presentation during training, so there'll be no sloshed sauces or wayward garnishes on the Givenchy china and linens. Here is the meal progression:
JFK to FRA:
Dinner (3 courses)
Breakfast (1 course plus options)
FRA to SIN:
Lunch (4 courses)
Breakfast (2 courses plus options)
In addition to all this, flipping towards the rear of the menu reveals an introduction to Singapore Airlines' wine connoissieurs (Steven Spurrier, Michael Hill Smith & Jeannie Cho Lee) and a list of available vintages. For SQ 25, these were the options:
Henriot Brut Souverain or Bollinger (First Class gets Krug & Dom Perignon)
2009 Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus Riesling Kabinett Rheingau
2009 Antonin Rodet Chateau de Rully
2007 Tenuta Di Castiglioni
2008 Barbera D'Alba DOC GD Vajra Piedmont
2007 Chateau La Garde Pessac-Leognan Bordeaux
Fonseca Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage 2005
As if this wasn't enough, the menu continues for several more pages, listing 8 cocktails, 6 non-alcoholic cocktails, aperitifs, spirits, liqueurs, beers (including Guinness Stout), 13 teas, juices, and three varieties of specialty coffee beans (Brazil Santos Bourbon, Colombian Supremo & Kenyan AA Kilimanjaro). Oh, and there's a cappuccino machine onboard, though it's only for the delight of Business and Suites passengers; sorry, Economy.
With a menu such as this, it's fair to say that Singapore Airlines is a major enabler for foodies of all sorts. Cocktail snob? Check. Coffee snob? Check. Chef snob? Check. The only thing missing is an appetite large enough to sample everything.
Tomorrow: Everything about Business Class on the A380.
Disclosure: Flights and some accommodation are as a guest of Singapore Airlines. Regardless, all photos and opinions presented are utterly and completely our very own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]