Besides being a shopping haven for home furniture, IKEA is also a great place to dine! The IKEA cafeteria serves an array of cheap and nice food, which explains the large crowd especially during the weekends.
As you know, there’s limited choices for cheap food at The Curve/Ikano area except maybe for Kopitiam and fast food. So, sometimes I would purposely have my meal here even though I am not buying anything, lol.
There’s nothing Malaysian about the food here.
So, don’t expect to find nasi lemak or curry mee, hehe Nasi lemak is served during breakfast. Instead, you would find Swedish food and desserts like Swedish meatballs, Mazarin tarts, daim chocolate cake and more. Also, a cup of tea or coffee costs RM3 and they have unlimited refills at the coffee station. I like the milk coffee particularly and purchasing a cup can be shared with your partner too.
IKEA meatballs are available in 10 (RM8.9), 15 or 20 pieces. And that day, IKEA was having a promotion if the slogan “PAX 10 Years Guaranteed!” was mentioned to the staff attending to your meatballs order, you would get 2 pieces free. The slogan can be seen on the small flag mounted on a meatball.
The meatballs come with generous amount of fries and served with gravy and lingonberry jam – a staple food in Scandinavian cuisine. Ligonberry jam tastes similar to strawberry jam, but less sweeter. Although small in size, the meatballs are actually very filling food. A must try in IKEA’s cafeteria.
Herb Grilled Salmon served with special fried potato and mixed vegetable was good as well. The salmon smell was not overwhelming, which was just great for me. I forgotten the price for it, though it shouldn’t exceed RM11 if I remembered correctly. And if the salmon does not fill you up, the huge pieces of potatoes will! Between the sandwich and salmon is a Swedish Mazarin tart @ RM2. It is a delicious traditional cupcake with sweet almond filling.
There’s a dish I always wanted to try in IKEA, which is the Chicken Leg with Swedish Herb. But, it is so damn popular that it always finishes before I could order it. This has happened twice, talk about bad luck lol.
So, twice I had to opt for the Chicken Ham and Cheese sandwich @ RM6.90 instead. Depending on your preference, you can eat it either cold or grill it first using the microwaves provided. Well, I tried both before and I have to say the latter with melted cheese tastes better.
Some other desserts we had were Almondy Tart – Daim Cake @ RM4.90 and Mexico Cocoa Bun @ RM1.50. The irresistable Daim cake uses almond biscuit topped with Daim chocolate as the crunchy base, then covered with milk chocolate. Simply luscious!
For those who like it enough, the whole cake priced can be purchased home for RM24 from a small store just opposite the checkout counter. Ah, I miss the cafeteria already.. the cheap hot dogs, soft serve ice cream and curry puffs are perfect for tea break while shopping in IKEA.