If you’ve never been to Ikea for a meal it’s definitely an experience you’ll either love or hate. Literally.
I had my first Ikea meal in my late teens as a quick late lunch bought by my mother in return for more hours following the one way maze through the store. I was rather pleasantly surprised and in more recent years I even tried their bargain breakfast in our local UK store. But my husband really dislikes going to Ikea with their one way maze, hordes of people and the fact that even if you don’t really need anything you always seem to find something you just realised you need to buy. The only way I can drag him to Ikea is if he can eat there.
Ikea serves cafeteria style breakfast, lunch and dinner (before 6:30pm weeknights except Thursday). There is a selection of soup, salad, pre made rolls and sandwiches, a small selection of hot meals like quiche, pasta and meatballs and a selection of cakes and slices. There is even a children’s menu and a meal pack consisting of a sandwich, drink, popcorn and a toy. On this occasion we chose the Swedish Meatballs ($8.95) which come in 3 sizes depending on how hungry you are. There are 15 meatballs served with a cream sauce, chips and lingonberry sauce but you can ask for potatoes if you’d prefer. Overall it’s a good meal for the price although I’m not sure why they use an Australian flag pick when it’s a swedish dish! You can even buy from their supermarket the meatballs frozen and cream sauce packet to re-create the meal at home. I should probably also mention that drinks are self-serve in the dining area and are bottomless so you can have as many refills as you like.
On Tuesdays there is a discount meal offer on meatballs, on Wednesday mornings breakfast is only $1.95 and on Thursday night you can feed a family of four for only $9.90!! Of course these are some the busiest times to go but there is a very large seating area so you’re usually guaranteed to find a table to eat at.
6 Sunray Drive (of Ellen Stirling Boulevard)