Yes but I think in this case you would be looking too much into it. Context is most important in this one. If we are eating dinner together then it would translate to meal. If we are at the store and looking at weird food on a shelf then it would translate to food. That's why both work.
You know when you're in places like South East Asia and trying out local food and you notice food stuff sold in the markets that you have not seen or tasted, let alone even know what exactly it is but ate it anyway and it tingles your taste buds in a way that has not happened before in your life? Yeah.