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ANA Introduces Michelin Star Vegan Curry

Michelin Star Restaurant “Daigo” Collaborates with ANA to Bring Vegan Curry to the Skies

Effective September 1, 2023, ANA will add vegan curry to the light meal menu of its in-flight services. This culinary delight will be available on select routes for international first-class and business-class passengers. 

The gourmet plant-based curry is a creation of “Daigo,” a two Michelin-star restaurant featured in the Michelin Guide Tokyo. 

This curry, made exclusively of locally-procured vegetables and fruits, refrains from including any animal-derived ingredients or flour. This unique characteristic makes it an appealing choice for customers with specific dietary requirements to savor.

ANA's new Michelin-star Vegan Curry
ANA’s new Michelin-star Vegan Curry

ANA will offer a new vegan meal option, “Vegan Curry with Fruits and Spices,” to first and business-class passengers on select international flights starting September 1, 2023. 

Yusuke Nomura, director of “Daigo,” created this gourmet dish. The two-Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant “Daigo” is famous for its innovative take on Buddhist cuisine. The curry is a delicious mix of local Japanese vegetables and fruits spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and other aromatic spices.

“At ANA, we are continuously looking for ways to elevate the in-flight experience for our customers. This new meal option reflects our dedication to providing exceptional in-flight dining and our unwavering commitment to catering to our valued customers’ unique preferences and dietary requirements,” said Tomoji Ishii, Executive Vice President, Customer Experience Management and Planning of ANA.

ANA has committed to the “universalization of food” onboard. That promise is an integral component of its Future Promise sustainability initiative. The Vegan Curry with Fruits and Spices has no animal ingredients, chemical seasonings, preservatives, refined sugar, or flour. They tailored the dish to suit various dietary needs and individual food preferences.

On what flights can you savor ANA and Daigo’s new “Vegan Curry with Fruits and Spices”?

Starting September 1, 2023, First class passengers can find the dish onboard ANA’s flights between US and Japan. Business class passengers will find the dish on ANA’s flights from New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur to Japan.

About “Daigo”

Offering a unique dining experience rooted in the “Kaiseki” style of “Shojin Ryori”, this restaurant provides a vegetarian take on traditional Buddhist cuisine. The menu changes with the seasons, always featuring carefully selected ingredients. The establishment opened its doors in 1950 and has been recognized for its dedication to exceptional hospitality. 

This two Michelin-starred restaurant has maintained its status in the Michelin Guide Tokyo for over 16 consecutive years since the Guide’s inception. The restaurant is nestled at the base of Mount Atago, near Kyoto. 

The building proudly displays traditional Japanese Sukiya-Zukuri architecture, often used in Japanese tea ceremonies. The dining experience is further enhanced by the Japanese garden’s presence, allowing patrons to immerse themselves in Japan’s distinct four seasons. Within the restaurant, subtle aromas create a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. 

Learn more http://www.atago-daigo.jp/index_en.html

About All Nippon Airways (ANA) 

All Nippon Airways (ANA), founded in 1952 with just two helicopters, has evolved into the largest airline in Japan. ANA HOLDINGS Inc. (ANA HD) dates back to 2013 and is Japan’s largest airline group holding company. Its portfolio includes ANA and Peach Aviation, the latter being Japan’s leading Low-Cost Carrier (LCC). The group’s latest brand addition is AirJapan.

ANA stands as a launch customer and the largest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, positioning ANA HD as the premier Dreamliner owner worldwide. Its international reach is further broadened thanks to its Star Alliance membership since 1999 and joint venture agreements with several global airlines – United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, and Austrian Airlines. 

ANA’s industry achievements include being named “Airline of the Year” three times (2007, 2013, and 2018) by Air Transport World – an honor bestowed upon only a handful of airlines. 

In 2022, ANA topped the Global airline and Asia Pacific categories at the CIRIUM On-Time Performance Awards, earning the title of the most punctual airline in the world for the second year running. Distinctly, ANA is the sole aviation company to attain the Gold Class distinction from the 2022 S&P Global Sustainability Awards. Additionally, ANA HD has made it to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index list for the sixth year in a row and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index list for the seventh consecutive year.

Learn more on the ANA Group website: https://www.ana.co.jp/group/en/

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