On Alex’s point about Turkish, I did an EDI-AUH via IST yesterday in business and have to say their food offerings were far better than the recent ones I’ve had in CE. Not anywhere near as good as Etihad on the direct services from LHR or MAN but not a fair comparison on this point.
On both legs we were offered Turkish maze as an appetiser followed by three choices of hot mains, one being a veggie option. The chicken on the first leg was very good and the sea bass on the second was absolutely spot on.
Down side was that although staff very pleasant I thought they could have been a bit more attentive, particularly on the second leg, which was more night time, getting into AUH at 0145 this morning, where the crew like to hide in the galley under cover of darkness and do as little as possible.