Well, it was pretty good! All in all, I would give them a good score. Also, they fed us constantly, which was fun. Naturally, one has to have realistic expectations with airplane food, so please keep that in mind. It was nice that on both the way there and the way back, the meals were Indian in theme. Nice combinations of beans, veggies, starches and even with some good flavor & spice! they also included the special "after mint" - that lovely sugary fennel you get after your meal with Indian food. Here you'll see a vegan peanut butter cookie. Definitely not the best vegan cookie ever, but I appreciated the gesture. I've noticed that sometimes airlines just omit the dessert on my vegan meals. And I'll tell you what... it was seriously nice to eat some grapes and strawberries for the 1st time in 5.5 weeks! This meal has some nice spicy garbanzos, a pea & potato dish, and some rice.
This was a "snack" on our flight there: Trail Mix, Candy (not vegan), rondele cheese (obviously, not vegan), navrattan (tasty Indian snack, vegan), baby carrots (nice!), carr's water crackers, and a big banana. Even with the non-vegan options set aside, that's a pretty nice and tasty and varied and even healthy set of snackie goods. I was impressed with this snack.
One last meal, this time a breakfast. Grapes, croissant (not vegan, I'm quite sure), and a nice South Indian meal: dal, wada (savory lentil "doughnuts"), and idli (rice patty thingies).
So, all in all, I'd give Continental a good score. On the way from Mumbai back to the States the poor airline staff was working so hard. They had SO many requests for special meals - veg, vegan, Jain... they had a lot to sort through.
In just 3 weeks I'll be heading off to China on Air China, so I'll be sure to do another review of that experience! I just gotta remember to call and request my vegan meal.