In 2008, Gordon Ramsay became the first chef to open a Michelin starred restaurant at an airport. Now, holiday-makers can kick off their travels in style at one of the UK’s best restaurants.
I had a morning flight, so arrived just in time for breakfast. I can honestly say that this was one of the best morning meals I have ever be served. Plane Food’s menu is a line-up of classic brunch options, both savoury and sweet. So whether you fancy a heart full English (£12.75), elegant eggs Benedict (£8.50-£12.50) or healthy avocado toast (£8.50), or a stack of American pancakes dripping with syrup (£7), selection of freshly baked mini pastries(£4) or light bowl of yoghurt, fruit and granola (£5.50), you’ll find just the breakfast for you.
In true Michelin style, the waiting team at Plane Food are faultlessly attentive, without being overbearing: service with a smile, a touch of humour and charm and perfect politeness.
I went for a nutritious, yet substantial, start: the vegetarian breakfast (£10.50), with eggs any way, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach, to which I added a side of smoked salmon (£12). The two poached eggs were perfectly round mounds – no straggling bits of white – with two perfectly oozing, burnt orange yolks. The tomatoes were topped with a mix of herbs and grilled until juicy and sweet. The spinach was a vibrant green and lightly buttered. And the mushrooms, the mushrooms were unbelievable! Earthy, meaty and infused with fresh rosemary for an unexpected and utterly delicious herby flavour.
The side of Nordic smoked salmon was a mammoth portion – which was no bad thing considering the price, but far too much for one person. However, it was well worth ordering, even if I had to waste some. The salmon had clearly been hand-cut to order, some slices as thick as a cm, others thinner. A beautiful coral colour, it was soft and delicate in both texture and flavour, enhanced by a squeeze of lemon and crack of black pepper.
A glorious meal and, what’s more, carb-free! I didn’t miss the bread – there was no need for it. Paired with a smooth black coffee (£3.75) and a good book to pass the time before my flight, I left ready for the journey ahead.
Gordon Ramsay Plane Food
Heathrow Terminal 5
T: +44(0)20 8897 4545
Open 5:30am-21:30pm daily