We went to IKEA a couple weeks back. I love IKEA. I love their restaurant and I love what they sell. Going to Ikea is like a whole day festival 🙂 There was a time in my life when I ate their breakfast and lunch almost once a week. I mean, the price is right and the food is good! It’s not gourmet food but I’m a European and this is my place when I want to feel at home 🙂
Restaurant. For breakfast (1 dollar!!!!!) you can have scrambled eggs, two sausages (which I don’t eat) and hash browns. It’ s not the healthiest, yes, but it just tastes so good! It’s still better than McDonalds, calorie wise 🙂
When I took pictures with my camera, there was, I guess a manager, who came and NOT very politely asked me to not take pictures and to put my camera away. He also said to delete these images. I don’t think I could of captured a lot of secret ingredients with my camera….so I did not understand why. I mean people take pictures with their phones all the time and they might even have better quality. That really didn’t make me happy.
So despite what happened I think I have a right to post these images because there was no signs saying that photography was not allowed. I’m not going to judge Ikea because of one “beep” who had a bad day!
I like their lunch menu. There’s something for everybody, but usually we go there for meatballs. This time I ordered salmon. I loved the salmon and potato cakes but the vegetables were a little raw for my taste, but I loved the colours on my plate. What a great picture 🙂 Besides hot meals, you can always get a wrap, a sandwich or a salad. I must say, they have an amazing smoked salmon there. You have to try it!
Rob of course stayed true to his heart and got meatballs, served with mashed potatoes, sauce and lingonberry jam. There is a grocery store where you can purchase everything from the restaurant. They have the meatballs, salmon, sauces, jams, cakes, spices etc. I have often bought a meatball combo, meatballs, quick mashed potatoes, sauce powder and the lingonberry jam. Lingonberries are known as mountain cranberries or partridge berries in North America. It has a sweet and sour taste at the same time. I love it, I can put it on my bread or pancakes as well.
Their dessert section is very tempting but I’m not a huge cake fan and if I do have a cake, I want it to be freshly baked but their cakes are usually baked from frozen and you can taste it. The only great cake there is the almond butterscotch cake…mmmm 🙂 Delicious! It’s just different and you can’t taste that it has been frozen.
I made an exception this time because of you, dear blog readers and got a dessert. I got a cheesecake with blueberries and Rob got an apple pie! It was edible but not my taste! But, try it yourself! I mean Rob, who usually doesn’t eat any desserts, finished the apple cake, so that means something!
I love the fact that kids can eat so cheap, for 2.99 they will have a lunch plate, a drink, yoghurt and a bag of apples. And then, after lunch, you can send them off to play in Ikea’s playroom which is completely free! Kids usually can’t wait to get there 🙂
This was not my last visit to IKEA, and that was not my last meal there, although it takes almost an hour to get there! That’s commitment!