Michelin stars in the sky: Cathay Pacific's new menu

Michelin stars in the sky: Cathay Pacific's new menu

Cathay Pacific teams up with Swire Hotels to attempt fine dining in a metal tube in the air
Cathay Pacific inflight menu
Café Gray Deluxe tries to attain the Holy Grail of airplane food: a non-gross fish dish.

Cathay Pacific Airways is collaborating with Swire Hotels' top restaurants to bring a special inflight menu to their first and business class passengers.

It's the latest in the global airline industry's attempts to achieve the impossible: decent airplane food. Even Heston Blumenthal gave it a try as part of his "Mission Impossible" series.

From November 1, 2011 to January 2012, several dishes from the menus of Swire Hotels in Hong Kong and Beijing will be available aboard selected Cathay Pacific flights departing from Hong Kong.

The new dishes include more than 30 creations by chefs from Sureño and Bei, the signature restaurants at The Opposite House in Beijing, as well as from Feast at East and the Michelin-starred Café Gray Deluxe at Upper House in Hong Kong.

Elite passengers may find themselves enjoying braised short rib of beef and soft polenta by Café Gray Deluxe or lobster salad with vine-ripened tomatoes and lemon chive dressing by Sureño on their next flight. 

It's almost enough to make passengers forget about Cathay Pacific's sex scandal.

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