Hej! We were going through quite a hectic day when we decided to make a casual foodie trip to Sweden. It wasn't the most authentic of its kind, but not bad.
We visited the Ikea restaurant in Richmond located on 3200 Sweden Way. People who attended the grand opening had raved about it and Michael was really keen on it too, so I thought why not. The cafe itself had a very open space located upstairs of the store. There were dozens of people dining when we arrived, but the open space made it feel not so busy, no one was pushing or shoving.
The line up was simple and self-explanatory, you pick up a little cart that holds food trays, bring it along the railing at the serving counters where attentive staff serve food in a cafeteria-like manner. How smart and convenient. The best part was the food's so cheap it's nearly unbelieveable.
Michael and I both ordered the Swedish meatball combo, which came with 10 meatballs and a serving of mashed potatoes, topped with gravy for $5.99, with a salad on the side. The meatballs were decent quality, not the greatest but definitely satisfactory for what we paid. The mashed potatoes were delicious and really went well with the creamy gravy. We also both ordered garlic bread for 50 cents a slice. What a deal. The bread wasn't hard at all, it was nice, soft and flavourful, you could really taste the buttery goodness infused with garlic.
Next, we noticed they had a pasta dish with veggies and tomato sauce for $1.99. I was curious to try it, but the penne was sadly a little rough tasting and the sauce was very bland. But we couldn't expect much for less than two bucks.
To wash down this big meal we each got a can of Ikea-brand apple cider for $1. In total, the bill came to $20. What a bargain! We both felt full and satisfied. Coming to Ikea for linner (lunch / dinner) was really unusual since we don't usually go to places for express services. We even took a little after dinner stroll around the place to walk off the calories.
Overall, I would say it was a fun and enjoyable experience, I would love to come back. Lyckligt ata alla! (happy eating everyone!)
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