Imagine getting on a plane without going through all the paper works, and passing by security checks or even buying tickets!! And more importantly, imagine you can have a meal as an addition, and not just airplane boring food, but a fancy dinner!! All of these can happen in the A380 In-Flight Kitchen. In fact, this restaurant looks and functions like an airline in many ways, expect that it serves a regular restaurant menu of Western food, sometimes in plastic trays.
A Great Experience
The restaurant is located in Taipei’s university quarter, In fact, it opened after the owner Yang Mao-hui figured that he could ride some of the Airbus A380’s recent fame in the aviation industry by offering a simulated experience. Ever since it opened, it has been packing in wannabe passengers, who sit in soft speckled blue seats with headrests covered in white napkins and under oval-shaped windows. Locked white baggage compartments hang overhead.
Once you come in, you will see waitresses who are dressed as flight attendants, and taking meal orders for filet mignon or waffles, as well as the customary fish and chicken. Moreover, once you reach the door, the staff will welcome you with a “welcome aboard”, and give you boarding passes if you must wait for a table. Moreover, the 84 seats are divided, and 20 of them are “first class” or set aside for groups with advanced bookings, and they are often overbooked.
Manager Emily Lu
In an interview, manager Emily Lu has stated the followings: “There are customers who come in and say ‘is this real airline food? Airline food doesn’t taste good,’” “The diner decor cost about T$7 million ($209,000)”.
As for customers, we have heard those comments: “The kids like flying, so coming here gives them that experience,” said regular customer Wu Shu-hua, 44. “It looks exactly like an airplane, but the food should be a bit more extensive here,” added first-time lunch customer Vivian Mo, 14, who had just ordered a soup and salad.