Restaurant Review: Qantas Airways

Popularity of American BBQ in Australia has increased exponentially over the past few years.  This was truly apparent on our Qantas flight to Sydney when served up an American BBQ dish for our lunch.

It’s not the first time I’ve heard of BBQ in the air, however…

It’s just a little airborne, it’s still good, it’s still good.

We flew out 9am from Perth to Sydney.  With the three hour time difference life’s great mystery is always: will I be served breakfast or lunch?

Shortly after take off our questions were answered – lunch would be served in the main cabin.

When the hostess arrived at our table she alerted us to the two specials of the day: American BBQ beef or creamy chicken pasta.  Obviously I had to order the BBQ beef, while Mrs Grillah opted for the chicken dish.

Service was fast and attentive – within seconds of ordering my meal it had arrived at the table.


We were served a complementary bread roll to start, while entree was a cheese platter for one, consisting of Bega Tasty cheese and some crackers.

Our hostess read me the beer list which consisted of Hahn Super Dry, James Boags or XXXX.  I opted for a Coke.  Mrs Grillah perused the extensive wine list and eventually decided on the 2013 McGuigan Shiraz.


The main course arrived covered with a foil lid, once again reminding you of what you’ve ordered: American BBQ Beef.  But this could be any number of things – had they been smoking a brisket in the front of the plane?  Was it a slow cooked beef rib?

No BBQs were harmed in the making of this dish.

 Turns out it was a pulled beef served with steamed rice and corn.

The beef was extremely tender, however with a distinct lack of smoke ring or bark I had to question whether a BBQ was involved in the making of this dish.  The BBQ sauce was sweet, similar to a generic storebought type sauce.

I didn’t particularly care for the rice, but the beef made this one of the better in flight meals I’ve had; although they probably won’t be winning any KCBS BBQ comps any time soon.


Around 20 minutes after plates were cleared we were served dessert which was a delightful spin on a classic: sticky date pudding ice cream.

You’ll find Qantas in most cities, however they do move around a bit and the specials vary.

I’ll be back to sample more of their cuisine next week.

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4 Responses to Restaurant Review: Qantas Airways

  1. gravy says:

    LOL this is great, Gus.

  2. Bill says:

    Believe it or not, BBQ is not a staple on what masquerades for airlines in the US. On international flights, it is either beef/chicken in their respective gravy or mystery pasta. For domestic flights, no food back in cattle class.

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