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Air New Zealand elevates in-flight dining with ‘A Taste of Aotearoa’

written by Newsdesk | April 5, 2024

Air New Zealand elevates in-flight dining with 'A Taste of Aotearoa'

Air New Zealand is redefining the in-flight culinary experience with the introduction of its revamped ‘A Taste of Aotearoa’ menu. This latest culinary initiative invites passengers to embark on a flavorful journey, showcasing the rich tapestry of New Zealand’s regional produce and unique tastes.

The airline, proud of its heritage, is seizing the opportunity to highlight the country’s gastronomic delights, featuring ingredients sourced from across the regions including Fiordland, Hawke’s Bay, and the Coromandel. “Sharing the exceptional flavors of Aotearoa with the world is not just an honor; it’s a celebration of our rich culinary heritage,” expressed a spokesperson for Air New Zealand.

Among the refreshed menu items are inventive dishes that reinterpret Kiwi classics for a global palette. Highlights include:

  • Confit potato served with an onion crème fraîche whip and chives, reimagining the traditional chips and dip.
  • Mānuka smoked rye sourdough, offering a taste of New Zealand’s renowned honey.
  • Smoked kahawai rillette accompanied by a vibrant celery, caper, and parsley salsa.
  • A luxurious crayfish bisque, enriched with chive crème fraîche and sourdough croutons.
  • Slow-cooked wild Fiordland venison, paired with pancetta, parmesan polenta, and balsamic roasted red onions.
  • Seared New Zealand snapper, complemented by escabeche vegetables, smoked mussels, white beans, and fresh dill.
  • A dessert of ambrosia ice cream with raspberry frozen yoghurt, milk chocolate shards, marshmallow, and sour cherry swirls.

The menu, which changes bi-annually for long-haul flights, ensures that even the most frequent flyers can continuously discover new and enticing dishes. “Our goal is to offer an ever-evolving dining experience that mirrors the diversity and vibrancy of New Zealand’s culinary scene,” the spokesperson added.

Premium cabin passengers on all long-haul flights departing from New Zealand can delve into ‘A Taste of Aotearoa’. Each dish is marked with a distinctive icon, making it easy for travelers to identify and choose these special offerings as they enjoy the unparalleled flavors of New Zealand in the skies.

This innovative menu underscores Air New Zealand’s commitment to bringing the best of the country’s cuisine to the world, elevating the in-flight dining experience to new heights and offering travelers a memorable taste of Aotearoa’s treasures.


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