The drop-down menu offers selections for both main meals and the snack. If you wanted, you could order Lobster Thermidor *twice*
For our first entree of the flight, we chose lobster thermidor. We've already detailed its rarity on aircraft these days, but the Book the Cook program has made it into quite the popular option for flyers in-the-know. It's a good thing we did, too, as it didn't show up on the pre-planned menu for our flight and thus the entree was loaded on specifically for us and our Book the Cook order.
So how'd we like it? The lobster was perfectly tender and flavorful, the asparagus still juicy, and all magically served at the right temperature as we cruised over the Pacific. Perhaps our favorite bite, however, came towards the end of the flight with the arrival of dinner's dessert: Singapore ice jelly with fresh fruit and Kalamansi lime. The jelly was a light and cooling finish to a long flight otherwise highlighting rich food and wines and, furthermore, it would sweetly but sadly be our last taste of Singapore for the time being.
Should it not have been to our liking, there's always the regular menu, which on this flight offered "steamed chicken in thickened Chinese herbal broth," "grilled bass with red wine butter sauce," "Singapore beef noodle soup," and "seared lamb loin with jus." (And these were only the lunch entree options, to say nothing of dinner!)
Now, Singapore Airlines isn't the only carrier to offer a pre-order service like "Book the Cook," but they were the first. The program is now nearly ten years old. Additionally, all Book the Cook choices departing Singapore are prepared in Singapore's own catering facility, in a space that resembles more of an upscale restaurant kitchen and less of an assembly line. One trained chef is seeing your lobster tail through from start to finish, from a recipe that's been tried and re-tried in an on-premises chamber that simulates aircraft humidity, cabin pressure and altitude. It's a process we can vouch for as we've seen it happen ourselves.
Get an idea of what's available for flights departing key airports, such as the current menu for JFK & Newark, Los Angeles and Singapore, and remember to go online to your reservation details make a "Book the Cook" selection 24+ hours before your flight!
We traveled as a guest of Singapore Airlines, but all photos, opinions, and drooling over lobster is completely our own.