Gordon Ramsay's latest venture
If you travel regularly through London Heathrow's T5, you may have spotted the Gordon Ramsay Plane Food restaurant. It's located just after the "South" security area. And if you're not sure which is North or South in there (believe me I wouldn't blame you!), turn right as you come through either airport security area. If there's nowhere to turn right - you are in "South", so turn left and it's just before Harrods.
Alternatively, if you can turn right, keep walking until you can see the next security screening area, turn left and you'll see the signs for the restaurant. Phew! - I'm hungry now...
Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food
The restaurant itself is part of the ever-expanding celeb chef's empire. With Plane Food, he's done a good job of delivery fixed-time menus. For lunch, you can choose 2 courses in 25 minutes, or 3 courses in 35 minutes.
Starter: Beef Carpaccio with mustard and Rocket
Tasty from start...
This was really nice. It arrived within 5 minutes of ordering along with an ice-cold glass of excellent Albarino wine from Spain plus some water and the bread basket.
Main Course : Dingele Pork Chop with mustard and crushed minted peas
... to finish!
If the starter was a little suspiciously quick in arriving, the main course arrived at around 20 minutes after ordering. And it was really worth the wait. Beautifully cooked with a slightly blackened bone yet still moist with delicious jus. There are also some heavenly peas that were only just slightly crushed with a great mint and lemon juice mixed in.
The restaurant also has its own washrooms (unusually for an airport joint) and a beautiful piece of gold leaf sculpture (by Barnaby Gorton) over the bar that gives the whole place (despite the cold industrial style of the airport) a warm and comfy feeling.
Not hungry? How about a cocktail
The bar is also the de-facto cocktail bar for the airport. You also get some great views of the Plane Food open kitchen from the bar... so even if you're not hungry when you sit down, you will be soon enough!
Not bad for some good food and vino!
Lunch for 1 including wine, water and service was £31.47 - certainly a great option if you want to get your long-haul trip off to a flying start.
Not got a lot of time? They can help you take-off with your food too!
Finally, they also sell "Picnic boxes" to take on your flight at £12.95. For this you'll get an isothermic box with a handle and a choice of starters, mains and desserts to take your flying to new culinary heights.
A plane picnic
Here's a selection of what you could choose to have in your isothermic box...
Selection of breakfast pastries
Caesar Salad Pancetta and soft-boiled egg
Prawn and baby Gem cocktail
Smoked Salmon With apple, celery and walnut salad
Honey roasted beetroot with goats cheese
Roasted rump of beef with green bean salad and mustard
Fruit salad with vanilla yoghurt
Chocolate and Pecan Brownie (for sure what our fellow blogger, Luna, would order!)
English cheese selection.
For more information, visit Gordon Ramsay Plane Food.
It's plane food but certainly not plain food!
If you're flying into London Heathrow Terminal 5, why not treat yourself and check it out. And if you are and it's your first time arriving into this terminal, read our guide on the arrivals process as well as what you can find when you're there. Don't forget to visit us for all your car hire needs too. We've got fantastic prices on car hire worldwide.