A bustling cafe full of life 7 days a week in the world-known IKEA Furniture Store.
IKEA Restaurant & Cafe
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Standards has dropped in IKEA ever since I was a little girl, however, it still remains as one of my favorite places to eat at. Everyone HAS to try the food at IKEA at least once in their lives. It’s not the most gourmet, but it’s comforting, affordable and extremely satisfying.
My favorite dish will always be the meatballs, along with their amazing sauce and lingonberry sauce. Everything goes so well together, you’ll want to come back for more. The chicken wings are my next favorite, it’s so sinful but so good. You have to try it for yourself!
IKEA can get really crowded during peak hours, so it’ll be best if you headed there after lunch/ before dinner times.
I love the food at IKEA. The meatballs are always consistently good and the prices are very affordable. I also like the organised concept of how everyone goes through this "conveyer belt/American school cafeteria" system to get their food, it's really efficient!
The Almond butterscotch cake is my personal favourite dessert and it's times like this I really do not like sharing my food because I want to devour it all by myself. Their 50¢ ice cream is also a must every time I visit IKEA. I really love the creamy texture of it and it's such a cheap thrill putting the token in the machine and watching it dispense your ice-cream.
I know the food here isn't magnificent, yup I get it, I know. But for some reason I keep coming back for more. Maybe its because I've been coming here since I was really young and I always used to really really look forward to lunch dates with my mom at Ikea.
My favourite dish is obviously the meatballs which I always go for every single time I visit Ikea without fail. No horse meat scandal is going to turn me off of those meatballs. Especially when eaten with the cranberry sauce and white sauce, its a taste that is so familiar and nostalgic for me.
Another clear winner is the Daim Cake which is made from their signature Daim Chocolate and its jest so sinful and delicious. Every trip to Ikea is like going back to being a kid again and no matter how old I get I know I'm still going to adore Ikea food.
To me, it was always the meatballs. Always.
I don't know why, but something about the meatballs at IKEA always draws me back to the place again and again, and I find myself having frequent cravings for them. With their brown sauce, they are absolutely tasty, although the standards have dropped over the years. Also, they serve it with Lingonberry jam. For someone who hates jam, I must say I don't mind dipping my meatballs in it.
You should also not miss out on the chicken wings, another hot favourite. The wings are crispy and always hot. Their pancakes are pretty good as well. Their fries and calamari, not so. The dessert is normal, nothing much to boast about.
The selection of food may be limited but when you have a few favourites, it's always worth patronising again. Also, all these come at very affordable prices! IKEA is definitely the place to have a satisfying and filling meal without burning a hole in your wallet.
Ikea food is definitely a cheap must try!!!
Food wise: Meatballs with potato and jam is a must! The other food that I usually have is their salmon slab and chicken leg. Feel free to ask for more greens or in the case of meatballs more jam and potato, it comes at no cost.
My only concern for the food is that the food options seemed to have decreased by quite abit when I went there in December 2013. Very few selection of cakes were available so dessert was a big disappointment. In addition, there was very limited selections of main courses available as well, I remember they took away my chicken leg meal. Besides the usual Muslim food although they were OOS on Nasi lemak, the only western meal they seemed to have was the turkey Christmas special, and salmon set.
The concept they have at the restaurant is very unique, I was pretty amazed when I first went in. I would have to say that the food there is pretty okay for me. I like their chicken wings, but not their meatballs, and especially not their spaghetti. Their spaghetti is pretty much tasteless. Mushroom soup there is not too bad. My brother loves their meatballs and chicken wings though, so I guess it is up to individual preference. But it really gets to you after eating a few times at IKEA within a short period of time. Their menu is very much limited, there's only a few dishes which is quite a pity.
Although the space is quite big, but it is still filled with many people, making it very hard to find seats, especially when you are not alone and it gets very noisy. Not a place that I would go just for the food, but only when I’m shopping at IKEA.
My friend once made a joke that Ikea's meatballs tasted so awesome probably because they were actually made out of horse meat. I mean, who actually knows right? Well, meatballs at this place are like a must have staple and they come in brown sauce paired with Lingonberry jam. It is a wonderfully filling meal if you are a fan of meatballs.
However, if you got dragged there by your family and are not a fan of meatballs, Ikea's cafe have several other alternatives like fish and chips, fried chicken wings and baby ribs. Some of their cakes like chocolate cakes and almond cakes are also consistently well made and would make a great dessert for your meal. I think what impresses me most is that Ikea has successfully implemented the "return your own tray" policy, something which I hope can be seen more often across Singapore.
I have a sneaking suspicion that probably 60% of IKEA customers actually go to IKEA just for their food - and I don't blame them. IKEA offers a range of western food, such as pasta and cream soups as well as Halal options for those who prefer asian food. My favourite on their menu however, has got to be their fried chicken! IKEA's fried chicken has not been bested yet in my heart by any other place, which certainly says something about their delicious fried poultry goodness!
My only complaint would be that the menu variety is too limited and I always find myself going for the same few meals every time I go there for a meal. Even to the most ardent fan, constantly having to face the same plate of spaghetti does get a bit boring after a while.The prices are economical, especially given the fact that most western food outlets tend to be on the pricier side. However, my advice would be to forgo the cakes in the fridge because they tend to be rather overpriced and not worth the money. If you are eating out with the family, the fried chicken is also a sure-fire way to satiate the kiddies before heading out into the wilderness of sofas and bedspreads.
Also, to all those penny-pinching individuals out there, remember to take your plastic IKEA cup for extra refills before you head out for the actual furniture browsing. You never know if you need hydration after getting lost among all the obscure Swedish furniture there!
For the prices they offer, the quality of food at ikea is incredible. The meatballs there are pretty well-known and I can tell you for a fact that they are the best meatballs I've ever tried! They're extremely affordable and they come in a plate of 8, which can easily fill you after walking around ikea for hours.
The desserts there cost only about $2-$3. This would normally indicate the lack of quality, but the pies are there simply delicious!
The lines there stretch pretty far and turn customers away. However, all you're doing basically is just picking things up along the way and filling them into your tray. So the line moves along pretty quickly. Although finding a seat can be a quite a hassle considering how many people go there. I suggest finding a seat before you buy your food. It's much easier walking around without a tray in your hands.
The three times that I've eaten at Ikea only that I've had were the Swedish Meatballs. The copious servings of meatballs comes with sides of potatoes topped up with gravy and jam on the side. Its a personal preference but I always eat my meatballs with lots of mustards. On a gastronomical standpoint I'm not sure if its the best combination, but what the heck, I like it.
The meatballs are that super, and other than that, there was nothing much that I found to be very compelling. On top of that,the queues can get extremely long sometimes. It's definitely not a place that I will go specifically for, but I doubt that's what Ikea set up the place for anyway. That being said, if I was shopping at Ikea, I would much rather have their super cheap and value-for-money hotdogs and ice cream.