Not many of us go furniture shopping planning to have a meal at the furniture shop itself, but when we go to IKEA in Rhodes, thatís exactly what we always end up doing. After that long walk through the store deciding what to get and what not to, we invariably end up sitting at the restaurant having a bite to eat.
A typical cafeteria setting
The restaurant is quite spacious with, as one would expect, only IKEA furniture at play. The area which is more like a cafeteria is ideally planned and presented to suit any age group. This is evident by the stations provided to assist mothers with baby food and toddler requirements.
Swedish meatballs: the most popular.
The food served here is good, clean and definitely good value for money. All hot meals are plated on request by the busy staff behind the counters. IKEA's food is quite simple. Their flavours mostly come from the sauces and accompaniments that come with the meals.
The Swedish meat balls served here seems to be the most popular. While standing in line I couldnít help but notice plate after plate of meat balls being served. The meat balls have stayed on the menu for as long as I can remember, so I am sure it is the most sold dish of all time in IKEA. A plate of Meatballs comes as a main with 15 Swedish meatballs for $9.99, and a kids potion with 5-6 meatballs ($3.49). I am surprised if the staff actually get to count how many meat balls they serve onto a plate, but that count never changes. They promise 15, and 15 is what you get - nothing more and nothing less. The cranberry jelly and the gravy that comes with the meatballs are definitely the highlights of the plate.
The Salmon dish is also great for a light lunch, together with a cold salad off the counter or a portion of boiled vegetables. A plate of saucy Beef Ribs can be purchased for just $11.99: definitely value for money.
Sweetness in a scroll
Even though there isn't a large selection of desserts, the cinnamon scroll is one I wouldn't have missed for anything. Though it is rather sweet, it does complete the meal.
If you do fall in love with any of these IKEA meals served at the restaurant, you have the choice of purchasing a take home packet to be cooked later. These are available at the food outlet at the checkout.
Where: Rhodes Shopping Centre, 1 Oulton Avenue Rhodes NSW.
Why: Good food and good value for money
Cost: Mains range from $9.90 to $11.49
When: During business hours
Good for kids: Yes
Take away: Yes: to be cooked at home.