- Other meal reviews:
3 Cheese Pasta Dinner
Steak and Potatoes
Cold Salmon with Rice
Asian Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad & Pasta side
Lemon Chicken (nasty – AVOID)
Meatballs with spinach & ricotta cheese
This year I looked at a number of Delta domestic first class meal choices for lunch and dinner as you can see above. Most are either good or even very good. A few are, well, a bit disappointing. If you look at the turkey sandwich review you will feel right at home in 5th grade.
But it was on a regional jet you may say. You may think since only cold or chilled choices were an option there is only so much an airline can do. And, you would be wrong. Take a look at the photo at the top of this post for the Chicken Salad that was presented to me.
First off the chicken salad was mayo based and included diced green onions & celery on a crisp radicchio leaf. Not only was the flavor good but the presentation was pleasant and even the amount provided was just right. But that was due to the rest that was included.
Next to this was a pasta salad that included capers, fresh mozzarella pearls and cherry tomatoes (my wife got an olive instead – maybe a need for some quality control). Either way this also was fresh and nice and worked well with the chicken salad.
Then to keep the taste buds firing you had some pickled onions with carrots and cauliflower. Now I am not a cauliflower fan but the acidity of the pickling was just what was needed with the somewhat more neutral pasta and chicken.
Additionally we have, for a small but perfect bread type side, La Panzanella crackers. You get some much needed crunch with these after all the softer food presented.
Finish this off with a Dancing Deer brownie and you are most satisfied for a lunch or dinner meal on a Delta regional jet.
If I had one complaint it is the red wine offered on ALL of the Delta regional partners is the Wente Merlot. What a disappointing choice and, other than white, the only choice we will get. I so wish Delta could, at least in first class, offer the same choices as the mainline jets.
But let’s not end on this complaining note because the lunch was really fantastic and the flavors worked so well with each other. You can tell thought and testing went into these choices and they paired well and it shows what is possible and how impressive a simple cold lunch can be compared to a 5th graders brown bag lunch choice.
Give me more choices like this one Delta. Impressive! – René