Even before dinner began somewhere over Taiwan, we had a bag of nuts and a tomato juice. Excellent. You can view the complete menu and our choices in the gallery above.
Speaking with Cathay Pacific's General Manager of Product, Alex McGowan, we learned that Cathay has borrowed "business class-standard entrees" to introduce into Premium Economy, complete with metal flatware, better side salads, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and "an afternoon tea or breakfast which will be a full hot meal." In other words, it's just about as far from this sad croissant as you can be, while still flying in some semblance of economy class.
Order the prawns. Remember that the flight is 16 hours, after all, and man cannot live on noodles alone...even if they are "Cathay's famous soup noodles."
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*Note: Cathay Pacific does of course offer a variety of other meals for special diets, which you may request when booking a ticket on the website or wherever.
Attention to detail on the glass champagne flutes
Disclosure: We paid for the ticket ourselves, but Cathay upgraded us to Premium Economy as the class didn't even exist back when we booked our ticket.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]