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Qantas International Business Meals - Preorder and Discussion

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Foreigner

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I'm not sure if there's a thread about topic.

I've just had confirmation of upgrade to J tomorrow.

My profile has my meals, seat preferences. Can meals be per-ordered as SQ's BTC?
 

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I've had the option for my trips in the next couple of weeks. Can also order things not on the plane menu as well.
 

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I used points for an upgrade to J last week for SYD-HKG and preordered my meal with no problems. The FA on board confirmed my preorder with me shortly before the meal service.
 

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Happened to look into this today for an upcoming J flight from SYD -> HK. Any idea which of the meals aren't available on board? Bit surprised to see no regional options for the destination port.
 

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If I recall correctly, when you are selecting your meals on Q-Eat, a picture/description comes up when you select a particular meal. One of these options (I think for me it was the bottom meal) indicates when you select it that it's only available online. Can't for the life of me remember what it was though, unfortunately.
 

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If I recall correctly, when you are selecting your meals on Q-Eat, a picture/description comes up when you select a particular meal. One of these options (I think for me it was the bottom meal) indicates when you select it that it's only available online. Can't for the life of me remember what it was though, unfortunately.
Thanks. You are correct.

For my flight the beef carpaccio is the main option and surprisingly the small plate online only option is the selection of cheeses. Bit mind boggling that the cheese isn't standard on board for dessert? Also, beef carpaccio as a main seems bizarre.

Now if only they had the whole wine list available for pre-selection :)
 

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Thanks. You are correct.

For my flight the beef carpaccio is the main option and surprisingly the small plate online only option is the selection of cheeses. Bit mind boggling that the cheese isn't standard on board for dessert? Also, beef carpaccio as a main seems bizarre.

Now if only they had the whole wine list available for pre-selection :)
That sounds familiar! I did remember thinking that they had mucked it up and put the beef carpaccio as a main when it should've been a starter...

I had the asparagus soup, steak and caramel crème for dessert. I have an inkling that cheese may be a dessert option anyway, alongside the caramel crème and passionfruit icecream.

I'm a big fan of the chocolate brownie cookies they had as snacks though :)
 

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I used points for an upgrade to J last week for SYD-HKG and preordered my meal with no problems. The FA on board confirmed my preorder with me shortly before the meal service.
Interesting - the meal preselection wasn't available to me when I upgraded. I just assumed it was only available to passengers who had booked J outright.
 

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Interesting - the meal preselection wasn't available to me when I upgraded. I just assumed it was only available to passengers who had booked J outright.
Perhaps it's a recent enhancement but I was able to book my selection.
 

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Interesting - the meal preselection wasn't available to me when I upgraded. I just assumed it was only available to passengers who had booked J outright.
Was it within 12 hours of departure?
 

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I have a flight on QF93 coming up.

My Preorder Options are:
  1. Sweetcorn and basil soup with grilled focaccia. (small plate)
    This delicious vegetarian soup is bursting with fresh corn flavours.
    The corn is cooked until tender with fresh basil, onions, garlic and vegetable stock then blended with a little cream until smooth and is served with grilled focaccia for dipping.
  2. Confit salmon with smoked tofu, pickled daikon, ginger and lemon dressing. (small plate)
    Inspired by Neil Perry's Spice Temple restaurant, salmon fillet is gently cooked in olive oil and served on a salad of tea smoked tofu, pickled daikon, chopped coriander and shallot julienne.
    The dish is dressed with a ginger, lemon and rice wine vinegar dressing.
  3. Tomato, mozzarella and basil calzone. (small plate) vegetarian
    Originating in Naples, calzone is a stuffed pizza that
    resembles a large turnover.
    Our calzone is filled with a mixture of parmesan and mozzarella, rich tomato sauce and basil. It is brushed with olive oil, baked and served fresh from the oven with a delicate baby leaf salad dressed with balsamic dressing.
  4. Tapas plate of jamon serrano, piquillo pepper, tortilla and gordal olives. (small plate)
    In Spanish cuisine, tapas refer to a selection of appetizers served hot or cold, that are designed to be shared.
    Our tapas plate is comprised of jamon serrano, a dry cured Spanish ham, potato tortilla, couscous with piquillo peppers, green olives and hummus.
  5. Selection of cheese served with accompaniments. (small plate)
    At Qantas we are passionate about the quality of every ingredient we use, and cheese is certainly no exception.
    Our cheeses are carefully selected by our suppliers from port to port who understand that good cheese is seasonal, and all about individual characters and distinctive flavours.
    The cheese accompaniments may include quince paste or dried fruits and water crackers.
  6. Roast pumpkin with udon noodles, miso eggplant, mushroom broth and soy beans. (main plate) vegetarian
    A vegetarian, Japanese inspired dish of roast pumpkin and thick udon noodles sitting in a broth of shiitake mushrooms, soy and dashi.
    This dish is also served with edamame beans, sesame seeds and miso eggplant.
    The eggplant is marinated in a mixture of miso, mirin and a touch of sugar, it is then roasted until deep and golden in colour.
  7. Crumbed blue eye with tarragon tartare sauce, roasted chat potatoes and crushed peas. (main plate)
    A satisfying offering of crispy crumbed blue eye served with rosemary roasted chat potatoes and crushed peas.
    Our tartare sauce is flavoured with the mild anise flavour of tarragon and cornichons, a classic match for white fish.
  8. Lamb kofta, celery, carrot and harissa mayonnaise in warm pita bread. (main plate)
    Spiced lamb koftas are grilled and served in warmed pita bread with pickled celery, carrot, red cabbage and harissa mayonnaise.
    Harissa is a North African pepper paste made with coriander, fennel and cumin seeds cooked with capsicum, garlic, palm sugar and chilli powder then blended into a smooth paste.
  9. Tandoori chicken with basmati rice, roast cauliflower, spinach and mint raita. (main plate)
    Tandoori chicken is made by marinating chicken in a mixture of mild spices, yoghurt and lemon juice.
    The chicken is roasted in a very hot oven which gives it its scorched appearance and is served with steamed basmati rice, roast cauliflower, spinach and mint raita.
  10. Roasted pork cutlet with onions and sage, soft polenta, roast cherry tomatoes and rocket. (main plate)
    Pork cutlet is oven roasted until succulent and is accompanied by sweet caramelised onions, sage, creamy polenta and juicy roasted cherry tomatoes with rocket leaves.
  11. Panzanella salad with anchovies, basil and balsamic dressing. (main plate) (Online exclusive)
    A simple salad of quality Roma tomatoes marinated in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with fresh spring vegetables and chunks of toasted sourdough.
    It is accented with clean flavoured, savoury Spanish anchovies and fresh basil.
As this is a "Lunch" service, I can select a "small plate" and one other "plate". (That is, a small plate and a main plate OR 2 small plate's.)

I see cheese is offered as a small plate - last time I had this, cheese was also offerred as a choice with dessert.

I had to look Panzella up - seems it is a bread based salad.

Do any have experiences or thoughts on these?
 

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1. Sweetcorn and basil soup with grilled focaccia.

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2. Confit salmon with smoked tofu, pickled daikon, ginger and lemon dressing.
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3. Tomato, mozzarella and basil calzone.

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4. Tapas plate of jamon serrano, piquillo pepper, tortilla and gordal olives.
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5. Selection of cheese served with accompaniments.
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6. Roast pumpkin with udon noodles, miso eggplant, mushroom broth and soy beans.
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7. Crumbed blue eye with tarragon tartare sauce, roasted chat potatoes and crushed peas.
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8. Lamb kofta, celery, carrot and harissa mayonnaise in warm pita bread.
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9. Tandoori chicken with basmati rice, roast cauliflower, spinach and mint raita.
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These are almost identical to the options presented for my upcoming QF35 flight from MEL-SIN (for lunch). Have selected the soup and the pork cutlet and will report back. The refreshment/pre-arrival meal options cannot be selected online.

If I'm not mistaken the cheese plate is something that is offered as a snack any time during the flight.
 
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10. Roasted pork cutlet with onions and sage, soft polenta, roast
cherry tomatoes and rocket.
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11. Panzanella salad with anchovies, basil and balsamic dressing.

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Hard call.
Maybe soup or Jamon. Then Tandoori as it's hard to stuff up rice and the tandoori should have a minimum level of ok-ness if they do stuff it up.
Then request cheese plate, which I have experienced and is usually fine.
 

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I am thinking this will be after a First Lounge breakfast ... may possibly go the lighter options.

Thinking more about that last time (back in June), the FA failed to mention any pre-order until I advised him that I had done so whereupon on the spot he checked it and was able to recite it to me (I had ordered the "ONLINE EXCLUSIVE").
 
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