I made a recent hop across the Tasman for work, and this time travelled with Qantas. I was pleased as it gave me an opportunity to sample their gluten-free meals. My trip was generally very pleasant as I was in an exit row seat both to and from Sydney and the extra leg room was very nice indeed. I did feel a little guilty as the Cronulla Sharks NRL team players were all crammed into normal size seats and some of those boys were significantly larger than me. Then I remembered that they had hammered our Warriors, and felt much better about it! But I digress.
The meals both there and back were very plain – boiled vegetables, chicken with a bit of a tomato sauce or fish with a bit of tomato sauce. A salad. Dried fruit. A muffin. All very pedestrian, but perfectly edible. One thing did lift the meal above the mundane though. On the way over, there was a really nice roll, billed as a gluten-free sourdough roll. It was light, fresh, had a lovely texture and tasted great. For this roll alone, I had to give the meal high marks. And to be fair, there was a reasonable selection of items, which you often don’t see. So a cautious 6/10 to Qantas. We’ll see how they go on a longer flight to the US and UK in September!