Taste8.9
Quality9.2
Appearance8.3
Quantity8.6
Service8
8.6Overall Score

We go one way in economy class and return in business class in order to experience the Icelandair meals. We soon find out that passengers can experience a taste of things to come in Iceland through the airlines onboard food.

THE MEAL IN ECONOMY

Mini Burgers
Special Christmas Platter
Chicken with Green Curry and Mango Salsa

SOME FACTS

Economy class passengers on Icelandair have to buy their inflight meals no matter where you are flying to. There are two different inflight menus for economy class; The first for flights to and from Europe and the second for flights to and from North America.

Premium economy and business class passengers can select whatever they like from the inflight menu specific to your flight.

THE MENU

The first thing you notice on the menu is the how everything looks so different to normal airline food, the packaging is intended to introduce Icelandic nature to passengers while they’re still on board the plane. The packaging is also meant to be as eco-friendly as possible. The second thing that you notice is how original some of the meal items on the menu are. Being the gluttons that we are we simply must dine on as many different inflight meal options as possible. But first let’s look at what was good and what wasn’t so good then we will tell you all about the meals!

WHAT WAS GOOD

When we took our flight it was Christmas time and, therefore, a special Christmas menu (in addition to the normal menu) was handed out to all passengers. The cabin crew were in the spirit of Christmas handing out free cookies to everyone on board, as well as complimentary Christmas drinks like Malt and Appelsin and Icelandic Christmas Beer. We also loved how they promote Iceland through their packaging and how you can learn a lot about the country whilst you eat your meal and read the packaging.

NOT SO GOOD

Having not been to Iceland before we were a little shocked at the prices of the onboard meals, however if you compare them to the prices of meals locally you soon realise the prices are in line with the local market There’re no special meals available to order so if you have special dietary requirements bring a backup!

THE MEALS

Mini Burgers EUR10.00

You receive three burgers plus a fabulous dipping sauce. Tasty but really hard to share!

Special Christmas Platter EUR12.00

Consisted of slices of turkey, ham, venison pate, herring, sauteed mushrooms and potato salad. Tasted very fresh and definitely gives you a sense of local flavors.

Chicken With Green Curry And Mango Salsa With Rice EUR13.00

We thought this dish would be served cold we didn’t really look at the menu properly. So you can imagine our surprise when a hot meal turned up! This meal was probably one of the finest inflight chicken dishes we have eaten in a while, it was moist succulent and left us wanting more.

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BUSINESS CLASS

For Saga class (business class) passengers of Icelandair, you can enjoy complimentary meals and drinks. Meals include a choice of two main courses on routes to Europe and on routes to the USA you can enjoy a choice of three meal options. Of course, there are plenty of extras to keep you comfortable inflight including amenities like hot towels, newspapers, pillows and blankets.

THE MEALS

The first thing that we noticed when the meal tray landed on our tray table was all the local condiments but unlike economy class there’s no packaging which means no story to read. The meal itself consisted of:

Starter of Smoked Salmon
Omelette Cherry Tomatoes Bacon Asparagus and Potatoes
Yoghurt

We were given a choice of bakery items to choose from and of course it goes without saying bottomless cups of tea, coffee and other hot drinks were on offer too. Whilst the meal was lovely if we compared the business class meal to the economy class meal we would prefer the economy meals. It was fun eating in economy and the food felt really local and was interesting. Not to say that the service in business class wasn’t interesting we just preferred the meals down the back!

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THE VERDICT

Would we fly Icelandair again for an inflight meal? You bet we would!

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About The Author

Founder of Inflight Feed

Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here and he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ plus many major news outlets across the globe, and has become the 'go to' person when someone needs an opinion about airline meals.