6.160 Zaalouk-Crusted Chicken Breast


14 (Sun) June 2015

Zaalouk-Crusted Chicken Breast


on Etihad Airways – EY 428

-Abu Dhabi to Manila-


Scrambled Egg (1.0) — “with lamb sausage, chickpeas in yoghurt, lamb patty, and potato with tomato;” late night snack on Flight EY 512 from AMM to AUH.

Mission to Jordan, Day 7 (see previously 6.159 Memories of Hummus).

In Amman.  Arrived Tuesday.  Wednesday thru yesterday, I participated in a workshop to support countries in strengthening their legal frameworks to restrict the marketing of junk food to kids.  Departed last night, getting back to Manila this evening.

Arabic Mezze (2.0) — “a selection of Middle Eastern hot and cold appetisers.”

As noted on the flight going in (see 6.154 Shakshouka), I confirm that the food on Etihad Airways sucks.  Among the 7 items that I was served, the best ones were barely okay at best.

I had the same lousy experience on Etihad on a prior trip to Egypt a couple years back (see generally 4.301 Arabic Spiced Chicken…).

Not merely “Somewhere over Asia”…
… this is exactly where I was at the time of the meal — approaching Karachi airspace.

So, because of the crappy food, and the uncomfortable seating, and the cheapjack amenities — [and the fact that, as I write this post 1 month later, customer service hasn’t yet responded to my emails about the headphones that I left on board] — I will never again willingly travel on Etihad Airways.

Pulled Beef Sandwich (2.25) — “with barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, grilled marrow, and turkey rashers.”

Starting a new feature on GMTD, a ranking of dining experiences on business class flights that I’ve taken (if I find the time, I might expand this to economy flights), including but not necessarily based on average rating of all items tried.

As always, I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel internationally, whether for fun or for work, especially via business class (see BEST IN FLIGHT), including airport lounge access (see in BEST IN LOUNGE).

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