IKEA FOOD EXPERIENCE: IS IT WORTHY?
IKEA food experience is probably one of many millennial goals in today’s time. IKEA’s food is not just instagrammable but pretty cheap too!
If ever you’ve never heard of IKEA before, well you’ve probably been living under a rock. IKEA is a Swedish brand and is one of the biggest brands in the world. IKEA became a household name not just because of its ready-to-assemble, chic furnitures but with their sumptuous food. This Swedish has already over 50 stores around the world. You can definitely tell it’s a Swedish brand because of its blue and yellow colors.
Journey Freaks’ tip: IKEA pencils like this one is just free. They are found in small boxes attached to poles, next to the maps and rulers.
In line with this, it is actually rumored that IKEA will have a Philippine-based branch. And yes, I’m really looking forward to that because of so many reasons and one of them is of couse – food!
Journey Freaks’ tip: IKEA pronounced as /ee-key-ah/
Just a fun fact: IKEA is actually an acronym for Ingvar Kamprad (founder), Elmtaryd (where Kamprad grew up), and Agunnaryd (Kamprad’s hometown).
I have visited IKEA Deutschland/Germany (Kamen) last January and let me tell you that it was a great experience. To be honest, we just went to IKEA that day to eat an early dinner because why not? I was so excited to try IKEA’s food because I have always heard that their selections of food is pretty good.
Beautiful dining hall of IKEA
To help you decide which ones are worthy to try. So I listed some of the IKEA’s bestsellers that we have tried during our visit.
Here are the Journey Freaks’ approved IKEA food:
1. Swedish Meatballs
Köttbullar is basically Swedish meatballs. It is usually served with steamed vegetables and traditional lingonberry sauce. But as for my case, I opted to try it with pommes (french fries) and gravy-like sauce. Also, what I like about IKEA food is that it’s cheap yet the servings are generous.
Journey Freaks’ tip: You could also choose to serve your meatballs with mashed potatoes, brocolli and/or other side dishes.
2. Almond Chocolate Butterscotch Cake
This decadent cake is the bomb. IKEA serves a lot of desserts from cakes to pastries but this work of art right here is definitely everyone’s favorite. It reminds me of Ferrero Rocher because of its texture. It’s like an explosion in every bite!
Journey Freaks’ tip: Please don’t be too hard on yourself! Treat yourself with this during your cheat day and it’ll be worth it. You will thank me later!
3. IKEA’s Hotdogs
What I like about IKEA’s hotdogs are their buns. It’s not the typical store-brought kind of bread. Also, the hotdog’s flavor is impeccable. This is probably the cheapest you could buy in IKEA.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Feel free to choose your own toppings! Your imagination is the limit.
4. Salmon Fillet with Couscous and Hollandaise sauce
(Not exactly sure with the name though) IKEA is also known for its wide variety of salmon/lax. This was my sister’s go-to order whenever she’s at IKEA. I wasn’t able to personally try this but my sister told me that it is a must-eat in IKEA.
5. IKEA’s Soft Serve Ice Cream
During my visit at IKEA Deutschland, U cannot contain myself but to be happy to see a soft-serve vendo machine! I was amazed that it pulls out a cone and do the swirling when you insert a 50-cent euro. I like how the vanilla flavor works into my palate. It just so creamy and delicious!
Journey Freaks’ tip: Go roam around IKEA’s furniture halls after you eat!
Overall, my IKEA food experience is so worth it that I somehow promised myself to go back and eat again if I still have time left while I’m at Germany. I do hope that the rumored IKEA Philippines will come into reality so that my fellow Filipinos could finally try the best Swedish brand!