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Hello, I'm Cliff Anderson, a resident of Singapore and a diluted 'ang moh'! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

NLD: KLM [Economy, International, Short-Haul]

The best in-flight pasta I've ever had in the economy class!

Following the previous post on a long-haul KLM international flight, I'm now going to write on two meals, each on a slightly more than three hours flight between Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Istanbul, Turkey.


KL Meal #1

Coleslaw with Greens - Taste: 8/10

At first glance, I thought the appetiser was just a bed of uninspiring lettuce leaves without seemingly any salad dressing at all. Only upon scooping a portion of it that I saw the creamy coleslaw underneath. It was a refreshing dish with a nice balance of flavours to begin the meal.

Vegetarian Conchiglie with Tomato Sauce Taste: 9/10

There was only one choice for the main course, which turned out to be a dish of shell-shaped pasta sans meat. It was amazing as the pasta was al dente, and the tomato sauce was rich, blending the beans and olives well with its palatable sweet and sour temptations.

Bread

The bread wasn't dry, but perhaps it could be a bit softer.

Others

Plain crackers and matured cheddar cheese were served.

Beverages

I asked for the ubiquitous orange juice. The usual choices were available, though probably not alcoholic drinks.


KL Meal #2

Vegetable Frittata with Mushrooms Taste: 8/10

Those who have read my previous post would understand me saying, "Wow, frittata (Italian omelette-like dish) again!" It turned out that the one served during the long-haul flight was slightly better as it retained more moisture after cooking, but the one shown above was pretty delicious as well. The mushrooms were bursting with natural juice.

Raisin Muffin - Taste: 8/10

I enjoyed the buttery muffin that had about five to six raisins embedded within it, which I found to be just nice. I don't really like eating a cake that has too many raisins or sultanas as they usually affects the original flavour of the cake itself.

Bread

The bread was crispy, but the outside was a bit too hard. The strawberry jam given was too runny for my liking. In fact, it actually spilled on my jeans.

Fruits

Orange, grapefruit and kiwi cubes were offered. While all of them were juicy, I found a piece of grapefruit to be bitter.

Beverages

Nothing could beat a cup of chilled orange juice for breakfast, right? Afterwards, the flight attendants went up and down to serve coffee and tea.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall: 7.5/10

Even though IFE (In-Flight Entertainment) wasn't available, the seats on both flights were definitely better than the one I had to rest my butt on the long-haul flight. Pika's advice: Should there be enough seats and your economy class ticket is eligible for an upgrade, KLM offers a system where you can bid for a business class seat. Check out their website!

KLM

Economy Cabin
Boeing 737-700


*No separate price given as meals are included in the ticket price.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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