Emirates has unveiled an exciting new Japanese menu for First Class and Business Class customers on flights between Dubai and Haneda, Narita, and Kansai airports in Japan. Emirates’ catering team in Dubai conceptualised the new menu options and created them in collaboration with a local caterer in Japan, utilising the freshest ingredients possible.
Complementing its gourmet international menu, First Class customers on Emirates flights to and from Japan can now experience traditional Kaiseki (multi-course meal) cuisine and Business Class customers have the option of a newly designed bento box. Emirates, which was named World’s Best Airline 2016 at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2016, is the first Middle Eastern Airline to serve Kaiseki-inspired meals on board.
Emirates collaborated with Gate Gourmet Japan develop and produce the new menu items. Gate Gourmet Japan, which is located in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, offers a farm-to-table experience. It has established a system to source freshly-picked vegetables from local farms, such as the Hokuso Vegetable Farm, that are all within a one-kilometre radius from their facility. This means the freshest locally-grown ingredients are used to prepare Emirates’ onboard meals.
The First Class Kaiseki cuisine features five courses, including cold appetisers, a hot dish, flavoured rice, pickled vegetables, miso soup, and is finished with a serving of “wagashi”, which are traditional Japanese sweets typically enjoyed with a cup of green tea. ‘Wagashi’ sweets are prepared using a variety of ingredients and methods and come in different shapes, sizes and textures.
Business Class offers a specially-arranged bento box in a high-end Japanese catering style, perfect for eating onboard. Bento is the art of arranging one’s lunch in Japan, and has a history of over a thousand years. Although commonly known to be a take-out meal, bento boxes can also be enjoyed as celebratory meals that are elaborately prepared. Attention to detail and care is given to its taste and presentation. The aesthetics of the lunchbox, the texture of the food in each section of the box, demonstrate the “kodawari” or dedication of the maker and the skill in preparation and artistic presentation.
To create a truly authentic Japanese dining experience onboard, Emirates also collaborated with renowned Japanese tableware maker Noritake to develop exclusive tableware designs for the new menus based on the concept of “miyabi,” meaning elegance or refinement.