Lobster Risotto or Steamed Sea Bass? American Airlines Debuts Impressive New Menu
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Lobster Risotto or Steamed Sea Bass? American Airlines Debuts Impressive New Menu

Andy Luten and Andy's Travel Blog

Lobster mac and cheese, West Coast Dungeness Crab, Chicken Satay, Wasabi Aioli, Beef Oscar; these aren't the usual contenders on your everyday in-flight menu—until now. Last week, American Airlines unveiled a new domestic menu featuring some of the most promising international flavors we've ever seen on an aiplane catering list. Take a look:

Transcontinental First Class

Appetizers: Spicy Crab with Sushi Rice, avocado, and Wasabi Aioli; Burrata Cheese with Oregano and Capers; Edamame Hummus with Toasted Garlic Baguette

Entrees: Beef Oscar with Crab Asparagus, Bearnaise Sace and Smashed Potatoes; Steamed Sea Bass with Soy Glaze and Ginger Cilantro Pesto Rice; Lobster Risotto with shaved Brussels Sprouts, Lemon Oil, and Parmesan Crisp; Wagyu Meatloaf with Sriracha Ketchup, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Candied Onions; Pan-Roasted Coconut Lime Chicken with Olives and Garlic Mashed Potatoes; and Tumeric Paneer with Red Tikka Curry, Jeera Rice, and Roasted Two-Color Cauliflower

Domestic First Class

Entrees: Beef Filet with Lobster Mac n' Cheese, Shrimp & Grits, Lasagna, Lentil Chili with Polenta Cakes, Asian Slaw Salad with Teriyaki Chicken

Dessert: Salted Chocolate Caramel Sundae

The new wine list (available on all flights, domestic and international) is also a sight to see:

• Aaldering Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Stellenbosch

• Domaine Rene Lequin-Colin Clos Devant Chassagne-Montrachet

• Louis Roederer Brut Vintage, G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba (available in International Business Class/Transcontinental First Class)

• Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Vineyard Chardonnay Alexander Valley (available in International Business Class/Transcontinental First Class)

American's Flagship Lounges are also get a taste makeover. Mid-July, new snacks will be available featuring bites from around the world. Take a peek:

• South America: Peruvian Causa Yellow Potato, West Coast Dungeness Crab, Aji Amarillo, Basil Cilantro Oil

• Europe: Ricotta whipped with Lemon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Ciabatta Crostini

• Asia: Cool Sesame Soba Noodles, Chicken Satay

• North America: Classic All-American Macaoni and Cheese Fritter

The new in-flight meals will be available on a rolling basis on flights traveling within the United States starting July 1st. Andy's Travel Blog has some drool-worthy photos to hold you over until your next American Airlines meal (or lunch).

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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