Get ready for a blast from the culinary past this month as Qantas unleashes a range of ‘classic retro dishes’ at its airport lounges.
From Monday November 17 to Friday November 21, travellers at Qantas’ international first class lounges and domestic business lounges will be tempted by a trio of fashionable meals of the 1970s given a subtle modern twist, courtesy of Qantas’ superchef Neil Perry.
“It’s all a bit of fun, it’s comfort food that a lot of us grew up with and than everybody knows and loves” explains Narelle Kellahan, from Perry’s Rockpool consulting group.
The Qantas International First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne will offer a Yamba king prawn cocktail salad with tomato jelly.
“Prawn cocktails are close to Neil's heart, and he rolls them out whenever he has the opportunity!” Kellahan laughs.
The prawn cocktail will be matched to a crisp Seppelt's Riesling, another fave of Perry’s, although for a real taste of the ‘70s you can try a Seppelt’s Sparkling Shiraz.
Meanwhile, the Qantas Domestic Business Lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra will be serving chicken and mushroom vol au vents as part of their special ‘Plate of the Day’ menu.
The ‘twist’ here is that Perry’s recipe uses Swiss brown mushrooms, Kellahan says.
There’s also a sweet treat in store at the Business Lounges – a pavlova with seasonal berries and cream.
And the reason for all this retro goodness? It all ties into the arrival of a Boeing 737-800 jet dressed in ‘retro livery’ as a tribute to 70 years of Qantas’ iconic kangaroo logo.
The retrojet, as it’s already been tagged, will depart from Seattle’s Boeing Field airport on Monday November 17 and arrive into Sydney on Wednesday November 19.
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