What an ingenious idea Ikea have with their marketing to start your day off with a $3 breakfast of bacon, sausage, hash browns (mmmm!), egg, and grilled tomato or $7.50 for brunch/lunch of 15 Swedish meatballs with fries. It makes you think "What a bargain, I've already saved on lunch so I can spend more on furniture or lampshades" - he he he !!
I also wondered how long the kitchen staff have worked there. The dude that shovels the meat balls on the plates always seem to get the correct amount with no signs of counting in his head. I've always hoped that I would score an extra meatball or two but thus far...no such luck :(
Drinks are self serve, and re-fillable. I was feeling a bit daring and went for the lingon berry soda. Tastes like cranberry juice only not as tart and with the fizziness. It's quite refreshing, but doesn't seem to taste the same as the lingon berry sauce that came with the meatballs. $1.95 for refillable drinks is a steal. They also have self serve cappuccino - and newly installed - hot chocolate. I had a glance on my way back from a refill at someone's hot chocolate - it looked really good. A definite try for our next visit :P
We also shared the Daim cake which tasted a lot lighter than what I expected from it's heavy chocolately appearance. The cake had a thin layer of chocolate spread in the centre with sprinkling of peanuts (I think??) topped with the famous Swedish chocolate coated toffee nuggets - a very good combo indeed!!
After spending $80 more than what we intended (oops!! the spores made me do it), as soon as you leave the checkout on your way out there in all its glory is another food store. So many interesting and tasty looking Swedish foods from Princess cake to frozen crayfish. The counter also serves $1 hot-dogs and $0.50 icecreams. Even though we've stuffed ourselves upstairs, at these prices who could resist not to get something extra? We did restrain ourselves and settled for the icecream. Ooh, and apparently there's an all you can eat crayfish festival on around October for $20/person :)
Since my last visit they've gone all fancy with a self serve icecream machine. You place the cone in a robotic arm, press the go button and it perfectly fills the cone - too bad you can't press it twice for a Mega-cone :P Although still very satisfying they have downgraded the waffle cone to a standard cone - but again, who can really complain - it's fifty cents!!
Have you got Ikea Spores?
Till next time...we eat!!