|What Cathay Pacific think kids will like to eat: soggy 'chicken' nuggets, peas and corn.|
What has really struck me in the last few months of regular flying - and especially in the last 24 hours - is the absolute revolting-ness of airport - and airline - food. I used to think that things would be better if only I had access to an airport lounge, but I've since realised the food there is not. At Auckland Airport's domestic terminal there are about seven options. The best of the lot is a sushi place, followed closely by a juice bar and a so-called salad outfit, but for the most part the food is distinctly average.
Wellington is not much better. In fact, it's probably worse. Yes, it has two Mojo coffee outlets (Mojo is like the Starbucks of Wellington) but everything else falls somewhere on the spectrum between stodge (doorstopper muffins, pies, wraps) and slop (lurid 'curries').
|Koru Club chicken lasagne - so bad it's good|
None of this ticket-hall or air-side food is as bad as the stuff you get onboard long-haul flights - the Cathay Pacific children's meal pictured above was the lowpoint of our holiday last year (their other meals are ok, but they need to seriously overhaul the kids' food), but it's still not good. I know airports have a captive audience and - obviously - there is a large sector of the travelling public who really like McDonalds, Subway and Dunkin' Donuts. But do the rest of us have a voice? And how can we be heard?
Which airline or airport has the best food, do you think? And which has the worst?