Flight Meal (Sushi!) on Qantas Flight QF26

It was a late overnight flight and the second leg of our journey home from a wonderful but exhausting ski trip at the Sahoro Ski Resort (that’s a lot of context in one sentence), and I’d already brushed my teeth and totally determined to just sleep when we got on our flight. The QF26 Tokyo-to-Sydney flight turned out to be super empty.

This empty:

QF26 Qantas international flight: very empty cabin!
QF26 Qantas international flight: very empty cabin!

We didn’t embark early; the plane took off like that!

We were told we could make use of any space and sleep horizontally if we wanted despite in economy class. We were also handed this flight menu:

QF26 Qantas international flight menu
QF26 Qantas international flight menu

Oh sushi… It’s pretty late and I’d already brushed my teeth. Do I or do I not? Yes. Yes I shall!

QF26 Qantas international flight: Sushi!
QF26 Qantas international flight: Sushi!

And that was the right decision! The meal came with a great fresh sushi selection and a panna cotta for dessert. My only complaint is instead of the traditional raw salmon nigiri, they used smoked salmon; and that’s hardly a complaint.

Next morning, I informed Richard, who decided to skip dinner and went straight to sleep, of the awesome sushi I had and showed him the photo. He regretted it.

Breakfast time!

QF26 Qantas international flight breakfast: Cheese bacon egg wrap
QF26 Qantas international flight breakfast: Cheese bacon egg wrap

The wrap wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, but when I asked for a banana, the flight attendant gave me 2! Win! This has literally been the best flight in economy class. (I’m pretty easy to win over with food.)

There was a slight delay because a woman died at the terminal just before our flight, so after a long while, they decided to drop us off at the freight terminal instead. Minor inconvenience.

QF26 Qantas dropoff at freight terminal
QF26 Qantas dropoff at freight terminal

Was getting a sushi meal worth it on a Qantas flight? YES!

Pre-Ordered Meal (Seafood!) on Qantas Flight QF25

In unprecedented vickie.life history, for the first time ever, Vickie did NOT order the fruit platter special meal on a Qantas flight! How was that possible? Well, I took the bait and ordered the non-online-exclusive salmon option on Q-Eat (get it? Bait? Fish? No?) for our QF25 Sydney to Tokyo international flight.

Q-Eat said: Salmon fillet with sesame soy sauce, green beans and rice: Salmon fillet gently cooked, dressed with a flavoursome Asian inspired sauce and served on a bed of fragrant rice with green beans.

QF25 Qantas flight Q-Eat selections
QF25 Qantas flight Q-Eat selections

On the flight, it was… a very disappointment meal. The salmon was overcooked.

QF25 Qantas flight dinner: salmon fillet
QF25 Qantas flight dinner: salmon fillet

I should have known and had some of that pumpkin on pumpkin action instead.

Richard pre-ordered the online-exclusive Barramundi with lemon dill sauce and roasted winter vegetables. It’s much better than the salmon.

QF25 Qantas flight Q-Eat Barramundi (online exclusive)
QF25 Qantas flight Q-Eat Barramundi (online exclusive)

Breakfast was Spinach and feta toastie, plus a Greek yoghurt with apple cinnamon granola.

QF25 Qantas flight breakfast: Spinach and feta toastie
QF25 Qantas flight breakfast: Spinach and feta toastie

The flight menu:

QF25 Qantas flight menu
QF25 Qantas flight menu

Fruit Platter and Flight Meal on Qantas Flight QF128

Qantas 747-400 QF128, Hong Kong to Sydney international flight.

I ordered the fruit platter, as usual.

QF128 Qantas fruit platter dinner
QF128 Qantas fruit platter dinner

There’s a big tray of fruits for dinner and a small tray of fruits for dessert; I suppose I did order a fruit meal. But! Can I point out the small REAL MILK sitting in the tray? REAL MILK! NOT SOY MILK!

For breakfast, there’s another fruit platter (one tray). This time it came with a sugary yoghurt, more REAL MILK, and a punctured orange juice that leaked everywhere and made everything sticky.

QF128 Qantas fruit platter breakfast
QF128 Qantas fruit platter breakfast

Not a super fun experience when I barely slept in the shorter 8-hour flight.

I didn’t keep notes so I have no idea what Richard ordered. Funny how little you can tell what’s in a flight meal from the photo, huh.

QF128 Qantas standard dinner
QF128 Qantas standard dinner

Breakfast looked pretty good.

QF128 Qantas standard breakfast
QF128 Qantas standard breakfast

A muesli bar before we got off the flight.

QF128 Qantas Carman's muesli bar
QF128 Qantas Carman’s muesli bar

Q-Eat Order, Fruit Platter and Flight Meals on QF117

Qantas has a new Q-Eat programme available for pre-selection for international flights departing from Australia. I wasn’t quite curious enough, but Richard took up the online exclusive offer when I pointed out to him that there’s duck! On a flight! Economy class! This was available on our 9-ish-hour QF117 international flight from Sydney to Hong Kong.

Lunch order: Duck a l’Orange brussel sprouts and creamy mash potatoes (online exclusive) – “Classic French dish in which duck breast is roasted and served with orange sauce, consisting of herbs, vegetables, orange zest and juice. The duck is then accompanied with brussel sprouts and creamy mash potatoes.”

That description. So fancy.

QF117 Qantas Q-Eat online pre-selections
QF117 Qantas Q-Eat online pre-selections

It arrived like this:

QF117 Qantas Q-Eat: Duck option
QF117 Qantas Q-Eat: Duck option

So it sounded a little fancier than it looked…

QF117 Qantas garlic bread
QF117 Qantas garlic bread
QF117 Qantas Rhubarb and apple trifle
QF117 Qantas Rhubarb and apple trifle

Over here, I stuck to my very safe, reliable and/or boring fruit platter. (Mostly boring.)

QF117 Qantas special meal Fruit Platter
QF117 Qantas special meal Fruit Platter

“Later in the flight” snack for all: Weis ice cream bar (as usual).

QF117 Qantas snack Weis ice cream bar
QF117 Qantas snack Weis ice cream bar

“Prior to arrival” meal is a Beef, spinach and cheese gozleme.

QF117 Qantas flight dinner: Beef, spinach and cheese gozleme
QF117 Qantas flight dinner: Beef, spinach and cheese gozleme
QF117 Qantas flight dinner: Beef, spinach and cheese gozleme
QF117 Qantas flight dinner: Beef, spinach and cheese gozleme

The flight menu:

QF117 Qantas flight menu
QF117 Qantas flight menu

Fruit Platter and Flight Meal on Qantas Flight QF121

QF121, Qantas short-haul international flight from Sydney to Queenstown, economy class. The flight was just over 2 hours, but I could still order the special meal fruit platter.

Fruit platter: main platter in bigger chunks than usual with skin and rind; side bag contained small Red Delicious apple, small banana, dried cranberries (donated to Richard), soy milk (discarded/returned).

QF121 Qantas Fruit Platter
QF121 Qantas Fruit Platter

Meanwhile, the rest of them had a good 3 options, which I was quite impressed with:

  • Smoky barbecue beef with veggies
  • Roast chicken salad with couscous
  • Barramundi curry with rice
QF121 Qantas Main Meal: Smoky barbecue beef with veggies
QF121 Qantas Main Meal: Smoky barbecue beef with veggies

There was a minor beef sauce spillover incident. (The barramundi would have been my choice if I hadn’t ordered the fruit platter.)

After the main meal, there’s Weis ice-cream bar:

QF121 Qantas Weis ice cream bar
QF121 Qantas Weis ice cream bar

… as well as Lindt chocolate truffles.

QF121 Qantas Lindt chocolate truffles
QF121 Qantas Lindt chocolate truffles

USB charger port available on the front of each economy seat of the Boeing 737-800.

QF121 Qantas Boeing 737-800 USB Port
QF121 Qantas Boeing 737-800 USB Port

Good flight!

QF121 Qantas view out the window
QF121 Qantas view out the window

Fruit Platter and Flight Meal on Qantas Flight QF925

Qantas QF925, 3-hour Cairns-to-Sydney domestic return flight, economy class. I didn’t realise how greasy my phone camera has become over the trip until I looked at these photos!

The fruit platter I got on my flight to Cairns wasn’t quite a platter for variety. It got better on the return trip with 6 different fruits (black currants, orange slice, pineapple, honeydew, rockmelon, watermelon), but without the whole banana that Qantas fruit platter meals tend to have in my experience.

Qantas QF925: Fruit Platter
Qantas QF925: Fruit Platter (lunch)

Normal lunch menu had two options: green curry chicken or Thai beef salad. Richard chose the hot item, which would have been my choice as well had I not signed up for the special meal.

Qantas QF925: Green Curry Chicken
Qantas QF925: Green Curry Chicken (lunch)

And it was a good choice. The green curry chicken on white rice was also a light meal, but at least it wasn’t dry and looked unappetising like the Thai beef salad with the rice vermicelli.

Qantas QF925: Lindor Chocolate Truffles
Qantas QF925: Lindor Chocolate Truffles (snack)

I was expecting them to hand out a snack as they did on our first flight. It’s Lindor chocolate truffles. I didn’t need the extra sugar, so I donated it to Richard who, since we’re “technically still on holidays”, gladly adopted.

Qantas QF925: Ice Cream Bar
Qantas QF925: Ice Cream Bar (snack)

But wait, there’s more! After the chocolates, there’s also ice cream bars! Best economy class domestic flight meal service or what?

Fruit Platter and Flight Meal on Qantas Flight QF924

QF924, Qantas Sydney-to-Cairns domestic 3-hour short-haul flight. I decided to play safe and continued to sign up for the fruit platter. I got my special meal before the others, as usual.

QF924 Flight Meal: Fruit Platter
QF924 Flight Meal: Fruit Platter… platter?

Not so much a platter but an apple and a banana in a box (and a soy milk that I never bother). I guess at least I got to eat before all the turbulence.

The normal flight breakfast was a choice between a tortilla and a cereal. Richard picked the scrambled egg and bacon tortilla.

QF924 Flight Meal: Scrambled Egg & Bacon Tortilla
QF924 Flight Meal: Scrambled Egg & Bacon Tortilla

Small but looked nice and handmade according to the box, but also quite chewy and stuck to Richard’s teeth.

They served a snack almost immediately after the first trays were cleared. I wondered why they bothered instead of doing both breakfast and snack in one go.

Our snack, the chocolate biscuits, looked like… Well.

Richard: Did you want to say “neatly wrapped poop”?

QF924 Flight Meal: Triple Chocolate Fudge (snack)
Neatly wrapped poop

Maybe.

Everything I didn’t eat looked more exciting (neatly wrapped poop is exciting), but I didn’t regret sticking to my two-ingredient special meal. Let’s see what they have for me on my return flight.