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From flying chefs to dessert carts, this airline takes in-flight business class dining seriously

It can easily outdo some fine dining restaurants on the ground.
Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News | Jun 03 2024
Here's a glimpse of Turkish Airlines' business class meal service. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News
Here's a glimpse of Turkish Airlines' business class meal service. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News

Airplane food often gets a bad rap, but this airline is out to show that you can have a memorable dining experience at 35,000 feet. 

Turkish Airlines, with its award-winning Flying Chefs concept, lets business class passengers on long-haul flights have restaurant-quality meals in the skies. ANCX was recently invited to take its round-trip Manila-Istanbul flight and yes, we can confirm that there really is a chef on board. 

Wearing a white jacket and toque, she approached us one by one as we sipped our welcome drinks, handed out menus, and asked for our preferred main course for both flights which she personally served right before landing. I picked the Grilled Sea Bass and Linguine with Prawns and Lobster Sauce, and both were exquisite. 

Turkish Airlines' business class cabin for Manila-Istanbul flights is laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News
Turkish Airlines' business class cabin for Manila-Istanbul flights is laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News

It's like being in a fine dining restaurant high above the clouds -- you get your own table with a tablecloth spread before you, along with silver cutlery and stylish porcelain tableware. 

But beyond these standard business class in-flight dining features, Turkish Airlines adds lovely little touches such as salt and pepper shakers that will remind you of little mosques, plenty of options for bread served with your own tiny bottle of Turkish olive oil, and flameless candles for a candlelit dining experience.

Two meals were served on board, with snacks and beverages also offered throughout our 12-hour flight. They have a nice selection of wines with bottles mostly from Turkiye and France, and a few from Spain, Portugal, and Argentina. 

Two of the meals served during our round-trip Manila-Istanbul flight. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News
Two of the meals served during our round-trip Manila-Istanbul flight. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News

Breakfast consists of a spread of healthy eats and a hot dish (I picked the Eggs Benedict but they went ahead and gave me a Smoked Turkey, Cheese, and Spinach Wrap as well), and your choice of juice, coffee, or tea. Unsurprisingly, Turkish Airlines does Turkish food really well -- the Suzme yogurt with fresh fruits and homemade granola, Acuka (spicy tomato pepper spread), and Erzincan honeycomb with kaymak (clotted cream), among others, are well worth staying awake for.

This can also be seen in their appetizer and dessert carts, which are the highlight of the five-star dining experience. Beautifully plated dishes are rolled through the aisles, from Borek (Turkish white cheese) and roast beef rolls to Baklava and ice cream from Kahramanmaras. 

If you're not in the mood for Turkish eats, there are also more familiar options like salmon gravlax, mushroom soup, chocolate trifle, fruit salad, and blueberry cheesecake. You can try one, two, or even all of them, along with a serving of coffee or tea. 

These dessert and appetizer carts make Turkish Airlines' business class meal service stand out. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News
These dessert and appetizer carts make Turkish Airlines' business class meal service stand out. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News

It's safe to say that Turkish Airlines takes business class dining seriously (they got those awards and citations for a reason), and its meal service can easily outdo some fine dining restaurants on the ground. 

And we haven't even started talking about their business class lounge in Istanbul, which deserves high marks for taste and variety. Definitely worth the splurge.

ANCX visited Turkiye as part of a media tour organized by Turkish Airlines and the Turkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency.