Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Middle East & Africa >
Dec 14, 2010 03:47 PM

Emirates in-flight meal options?

Will be travelling Houston-Dubai-Kolkata in January, and trying to figure out the best meal option to choose.

I'm Indian, non-vegetarian, will eat just about anything, but have had it with the usually bland "chicken or pasta" options. Love Indian and Pakistani food.

The options I'm interested in are Asian Vegetarian vs Hindu Meal vs Muslim Meal.

I don't have any religious restrictions. Just looking for something tasty.

I would appreciate it if you could reply with specific examples of what you were served.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I have not been to Dubai, and as such these are not personally-vouchsafed recommends. But, I read a marvelous article in Gourmet, June '08 that may offer you some perspective if you can source it. If you can't, I'd be most happy to send you the information the publication offers on specific restaurants and experiences. It sounds like you can get some very decent (and some better than that, even!) food there.

    2 Replies
    1. re: mamachef

      I apologise - I was not clear in my original post, and now I can't edit it either.

      I am looking for meal options for the airline Emirates i.e. inflight meal options.

      I too have heard that there is great food to be had in Dubai, but sadly we will not have time to explore the city.

      1. re: mamachef

        I will try to find the Gourmet article. If I cannot, I will ask you for the recos. Thanks

      2. Go for the Hindu meal or veg Asian meal. Muslim meal contains very gamey tasting mutton botis. I can't remember any other items on the flight except for breakfast which was alu ki bhujia and omlet. I do recall feeling that it was the best South Asian food I have had in a flight. Have flown Emirates many many times and always strongly regret if I ever forgot to order the veg meal, the mutton is that bad.

        1. What a great idea for a post! Just yesterday I was staring at all the options on the Emirates site wondering which I should choose as well! I wish they'd serve Middle Eastern food!

          BTW luckyfatima, I wanted to get a hold of you to ask you a few questions, but I didn't find a contact link on your blog. (I wish chow had a private message option! Are you listening, chow?) :)

          3 Replies
          1. re: junglekitte

            I just updated my profile to list my email addy, which I will keep up for a few days. You are most welcome to contact me.

            Yes, I too wish CH had a private message option.

            1. re: luckyfatima

              Got it. I will email you now. You can take it off now if you like! Thank you!

              1. re: junglekitte

                luckyfatima: thanks for the info. I think I too remember the lamb/mutton being somewhat gamey on a past flight.

          2. I just returned from my trip to India on Emirates and really enjoyed the food! I went with the standard meals and was very happy with what they offered.There were menu choices with Indian and continental foods. The baigan bharta, dal makhani, and rice was actually really tasty! :)

            1 Reply
            1. re: junglekitte

              I just got back from my trip as well.

              Outbound : IAH-DXB=I ordered the Hindu Meal and wife ordered the Muslim Meal
              I had some teriyaki-ish chicken (was supposed to be chicken curry per menu, but I think it was misprinted). Wife had the lamb stew, which was suprisingly good - not gamey at all. Breakfast was paratha and sabji for me, cheese omelet with sausage and country potatoes for her. The sausage and cheese in the omelet were not very good though the omelet itself was quite good.

              DXB-CCU= We both had the fish biryani - pretty tasty

              Inbound: CCU-DXB= I opted for the standard meal option and was very pleased. Had the kosha mangsho (kind of like goat/lamb curry but mashed up a little bit)

              DXB-IAH= Achari lamb, and upma with puris for breakfast. Four cheese pizza for a snack,which I did not care for, but to be fair was a good effort - it was warm and soft not plastic/chewy like airline heated bread items usually get.

              At the end of the day, Emirates entertainment and food is the best I've expereinced yet! Until I fly Singapore or Thai maybe?

            2. I imagine if you're flying business or first you can pretty much get what you wish, as long as it conforms to Halal and there's no alcohol involved. Although, from what I hear, Emirates, Singapore, ANA, Swiss and Air Tahiti Nui's economy is equivalent too many airlines' version of first. Check out airliner meals at Passengers give decent commentary on the meals.

              1 Reply
              1. re: bigmackdaddy

                I flew business on Emirates to India and there was lots and lots of alcohol offered.