I take tons of photos when I travel and many of them are of food options on jets, at lounges or at hotels and resorts. Sometimes the meals are very good while often they are just acceptable considering the circumstances.
Delta had really pushed this year to show off their new Italian inspired flatware, plates and more including replacing the 1980’s faux “trailer park” wood trays (gosh I hated those). They are really trying to, at least with the service items, show off class and style and for the most part they are pulling it off.
But that begs the question – how much does presentation matter vs. taste. Take the above meal on my recent visit from St. Thomas back to the lower 48 (well, Atlanta to be specific). The flight attendant, who was amazing btw, described the lunch this way:
“It is beef something with potatoes. It is good. You will like it”!
OK, well, after that description how could I say no? When first presented, since we do judge by our eyes just about everything in life in just a few seconds, my reaction was humm… OK then.
The meat was tender with just a little bit of heat (i.e. spices) and I think there were caramelized onions and red peppers alone with the au jus (saying sauce that way just sounds better right). The potatoes were good with skin on and the fried zucchini were not mush. The salad was crisp and fine and the carrot cake, while not my favorite, was also equally good. Overall a decent and fine airline lunch I would order again.
But unless I had told you this description, and you just saw the above photo, would you order this?
And that is my point and question for today’s post. Would you rather have a perfect presentation and yet the flavor fall flat or does it not really matter to you what or how the food is presented if the flavor profile is a winner? – René