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How Japan Airlines is Making us Drool…again | Food on Planes

Jake Redman February 26, 2016


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JAL Business Class Gets a new Chef.

On select international routes Japan Airlines Business Class menu is getting a refreshed menu curated by it’s new celebrity chef partner Jun Kurogi, owner and chief cook of Tokyo’s “Kurogi”. JAL says the chef “pursues simply seasoned Japanese Cuisine, which brings out the natural flavors of each ingredient”. The new Japan Airlines Business Class menu debuts March 1, 2016 on flights from Japan to New York (JFK), London (LHR), Singapore (SIN) and Jakarta (CGK). Other routes follow in the Summer and early Fall 2016.

Chef Jun Kurogi inspired Japan Airlines Business Class Meal
Japan Airlines Business Class Meal developed by JAL in collaboration with chef Jun Kurogi. Photo: Japan Airlines (JAL)

This multi-course Japanese menu is made up of several courses under it’s “JAL BEDD Sky Auberge” dining concept.Here’s a sample Spring menu for Japan Airlines Business Class. English menu follows Japanese:

JAL First Class Lounge at Haneda Gets new Food.

Japan Airlines First Class customers flying from Tokyo Haneda get a food upgrade as well…before they’re even in the air. In addition to their already stellar first class in-flight menu on-board, JAL will introduce a new dinner menu inside their Haneda First Class Lounge. The new “Teppan-yaki” meal is prepared in front of you but in a more controlled environment than say, Benihanna…so you won’t walk out smelling like meat.

Japan Airlines First Class lounge at HND.
Inside the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Tokyo Haneda (HND)

On offer is “Teppan Yakiniku Uwamisuji” which are grilled cuts of beef with vegetables and mushrooms. JAL explains that “Uwamisuji is the cut of beef, desireable with it’s tender texture.”

We’re huge fans of this Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Tokyo Haneda. We weren’t here for live cooking, but watch our review:

The Way-Front Stays Super Classy

While there’s not much that’s new to report about Japan Airlines First Class on-board dining, the airline is refreshing it’s menu for March 2016. There’s an appetizing western menu to choose from but we’re huge fans of the multi-course Japanese meal service after sampling it for ourselves.

Japan Airlines First Class Meal
One-upping Japan Airlines Business Class dining is the First Class Menu. Photo: Japan Airlines

Sample JAL First Class Menu (March 2016):

JAL Welcomes its new Wine Advisor

Japan Airlines is also introducing us to it’s new Wine Advisor, Mr. Motohiro Okoshi of Tokyo’s Sugarlabo. Mr. Okoshi comes with accolades not limited to his Sommelier Diploma from the International Sommelier Association and a 2003 Jalux Wine Award. In addition to his acclaimed skill for pairing, he’s also “knowledgeable of Japanese sake and Sochu”. 

Curated wine selections will be available in International Japan Airlines Business Class and First Class cabins, in Domestic JAL First Class, and inside International Japan Airlines Lounges at Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita.

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