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ANA Business Class Meal – Introduction
Indulging in an All Nippon Airways (ANA) Business Class cabin on my return from Australia to Canada via the US was a culinary voyage I cherish. Despite not finding a favourable route to experience ANA’s new business class seats, ‘The Room,’ I was happy to lock in 22 hours on ANA for the elevated onboard service that sets the airline apart. I flew ~10 hours from Sydney (SYD) to Tokyo, Haneda (HND), and another 12 hours from HND to Chicago (ORD).
ANA’s dedication to transforming the in-flight meal into a remarkable dining affair was evident throughout the 22-hour journey. Aptly termed “Connoisseurs,” ANA’s culinary team orchestrated exquisite flavours showcasing their mastery of gastronomy. From carefully curated appetizers to main courses that merged innovation with tradition, every bite was a luxurious experience.
This review is part of a series covering my recent trip to Australia;
Review – Etihad A350 Business Class from Chicago to Abu Dhabi
Review – Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi
Review – Ritz-Carlton Melbourne
Review – Qantas Business Lounge Melbourne (Domestic)
Review – Qantas A330 Business Class from Melbourne to Sydney
Review – Park Hyatt Sydney
ANA Business Class Meal Extravaganza: A 22-Hour Culinary Journey
ANA Business Class Meal – SYD to HND on Boeing 787
My first leg of the journey was from SYD to HND on ANA’s 787. The business class seats onboard were pretty basic and nothing to talk home about.
However, the in-flight service and food were on a different level altogether. ANA continues to nail this aspect and, quite honestly, makes the older business-class cabin still worthwhile. The meal service on this 10-hour day flight included two meals and an ‘on-demand’ menu. ANA famously offers seasonal menus with two distinct passenger options: Japanese Cuisine and International Cuisine. While the international Cuisine is good, it pales compared to the food quality and presentation of the Japanese Cuisine – my preferred option each time I have flown ANA. The Amuse course is standard for both cuisines.
The Japanese Cuisine (Wakoshu) includes a selection of small dishes (Zensai and Kobachi), a Main course (Shusai), and a dessert course. While I won’t give you pretentious adjectives to describe flavours, I can attest that the 5-course meal was immaculate in taste and presentation. It tasted better than it looked and looked better than anything I have been offered 40,000 ft in the air.
After completing this delectable meal, I decided to skip the meal just before landing and refrained from the on-demand menu. I wanted to pace myself to the fresh Ramen bowl in the ANA lounge in Tokyo-Haneda.
ANA Business Class Meal – ANA Lounge Tokyo Int’l (Haneda)
The ANA lounge in Terminal 3 is located near gate 110. While the lounge offers an expansive food & drinks menu, I visited with a single-minded focus on enjoying the Noodle Bar in the lounge. The lounge was bustling, with a small lineup at the door and not very many seats available during day-time;
The Ramen hit the spot, and I appreciated its smaller portion size – a perfect snack! Given the busy lounge, I returned to the terminal for much-needed steps before the next 12-hour flight to Chicago.
ANA Business Class Meal – HND to ORD on Boeing 777
Much like the earlier flight, the business class seats on the ANA 777 to Chicago were good but basic.
Instead of Champagne, I started this leg of the journey with a refreshing ANA Original – the Aromatic Kabosu, a green citrus fruit drink with a perfect balance of sour and sweet (honey).
ANA now offers 34 Japanese sake brands for service onboard and at ANA lounges. I loved the hand-basket sake service onboard and tried out some of the flight attendants’ recommendations.
As for the meal service, this 12-hour flight also included two meals and an on-demand menu. And yet again, I chose the Japanese Cuisine (Washoku), a 5-course dinner after the Amuse course.
I was incredibly full after this meal and chose to walk the length of the flight a couple of times before settling down for some shut-eye. Once again, I decided to skip the pre-arrival meal and opted for the IPPUDO Ramen from the on-demand menu – a must. How do they get the noodles so perfect, inflight?!
The welcome gluttony had concluded, and I can confidently say it – zero regrets. ANA’s Business Class meal service is all-class.
ANA Business Class Meal – Takeaway
ANA’s Business Class meal service transcended the limitations of air travel, so exquisite that I will compare all Japanese food on land, hereon, to my in-air meal experience. Yet, the disparity between the elevated meal service and the aging cabin reminded me that ANA’s journey towards excellence must encompass both the plate and the seat, ensuring that every passenger experience soars to the same heights.