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Bombay Brasserie has been providing Jet Airways with authentic Indian cuisine for over a
decade. Jessica Pook discovers the benefits of collaborating with a restaurant
KNOW YOUR FLAVOURS
London’s Bombay Brasserie (part of the luxury Taj group) transported its flavoursome recipes to new heights when it became the onboard caterer for Jet Airways 12 years ago. Since then the restaurant has been providing passengers with a taste of India before they’ve even landed. Shashank Bhardwaj, general manager of catering for Jet Airways, explains why it was a no-brainer for the Mumbai-based airline: “Bombay Brasserie understands Indian flavours and is able to deliver authentic meals from the region. It was the ideal global partner given the airline’s Indian heritage and its ability to cater for discerning guests from Europe and North America with Indian favourites.”
VARIETY IS KEY
Bombay Brasserie creates 3,000 inflight meals a day for Jet Airways and prides itself on changing the menu each month across all three classes. The airline hosts a menu workshop with the restaurant chefs each year to bring variety and innovation to the inflight meal experience. It is at this meal sampling that four rotations are chosen for each month. Shashank says: “Bombay Brasserie works with trained chefs who understand how to provide fine dining served at 35,000ft. The menu design complements the restaurant style food onboard.”
With a background in restaurant catering rather than aviation, Bombay Brassiere had to ensure the menu was suitable for the complex supply chain from kitchen to aircraft.
Jet requires cabin crew to be trained in plate presentation and there is also a thorough process of testing the menu under different conditions and altitudes. Allergies and dietary requirements must also be addressed as the airline offers an array of special meals and a choice of the Indian and international menus, with a variety of vegetarian and other options available.
Shashank believes that working with a renowned restaurant can give airline meals a level of credibility and enhance passenger satisfaction. The restaurant brand is carried onboard all flights from London and helps reassure passengers that they are being offered quality authentic, Indian cuisine cooked by expert chefs in the industry