Don’t Eat at IKEA Again Until You Watch This

Don’t Eat at IKEA Again Until You Watch This


Whether you’ve been to IKEA dozens of times,
or you’re making your very first pilgrimage to feast on the chain’s famous Swedish meatballs,
there’s probably plenty you don’t know about the IKEA dining scene. Here’s everything you need to know before
you go. Have you ever arrived at a store all ready
to shop, only to realize that it wasn’t even open yet? If you were shopping at IKEA, that would never
be a problem. IKEA opens its restaurants a full half hour
before the rest of the store. And their breakfast is totally worth coming
in early for, since you can actually get a tasty, filling meal for under a buck fifty. Plus, your food is served on a real plate
with silverware, not just handed to you in little cardboard cartons with plastic utensils. The IKEA basic breakfast consists of a generous
scoop of scrambled eggs, a sizable serving of fried potatoes, and even a side of two
sausage links. If you want to be a big spender and pony up
$2.99 for a real breakfast splurge, you can get the Swedish-American upgrade, which includes
all of the above, plus two Swedish pancakes and a side of jam. Be forewarned, though — IKEA stops serving
breakfast at 11 a.m. on the dot. “I’m sorry, we stopped serving breakfast but
we ARE on the lunch menu now.” “I want breakfast.” “Well, you can’t have it, we’re not
serving it.” When it comes to IKEA meatballs, you’ve got
choices. In 2018, IKEA added salmon balls to their
menu, bringing the total to four different kinds of meatballs. Now you might be thinking that a meatball
is just a meatball, regardless of what it’s made from. Well, not if you’re IKEA, billion-selling
meatball champion of the universe. Their first meatball, the iconic beef and
pork variety, beloved by just about everybody, has been around since 1985. It took decades before IKEA would expand its
meatball roster, but 2015 saw two new heavy hitters added to the lineup: Chicken, meant
to be lower in fat, and veggie, meant to be, well…made from vegetables. The veggie balls are also gluten-free, soy-free,
and more sustainable than traditional meatballs. “Did you learn that at vegan academy?” But what’s with the salmon balls? Like their veggie-packed cousins, they’re
sustainable, reliably-sourced, and have a lower carbon footprint. They also contain a certain amount of cod,
and are flavored with seaweed and lemongrass in order to, as IKEA likes to say “capture
the fresh taste of the cold Nordic sea in a tasty ball.” After all, Sweden is pretty big on all things
fishy. “Anyway, enough about our balls.” It took a long time for IKEA to finally acknowledge
its vegetarian customers. Their veggie balls didn’t come out until 2015
and it took three more years for veggie dogs to make their debut. Although, whether you’ll actually want to
eat these plant-based alternatives may depend on how hungry you are. The veggie balls, which are made with peas,
corn, kale, carrots, chickpeas, and bell peppers, have the distinction of coming in at the bottom
of two different lists: TimeOut Los Angeles said bluntly, “These veggie balls are like the discarded
rejects of chicken meatballs. Do not order these.” While Thrillist called them “A dry, bland mix of dehydrated veggie chunks
and odd spices.” Business Insider didn’t rank the veggie balls,
but had this to say : “[They] are but a pale imitation of the real
thing. […] Vegetarians should be the most angry
of all IKEA diners for this travesty.” On the other hand, IKEA’s veggie dogs received
a far more favorable reception in America and across the globe. According to the company’s food service team,
a million were sold throughout Europe during their first two months in stores. “Amazing.” If you order either classic or chicken meatballs
as an entree, they’re likely to come plated with a green vegetable, a scoop of mashed
potatoes, a tasty cream gravy and…some kind of red jelly. If this seems strange, there’s probably at
least one other time of the year that you happily gobble up a big plate of meat with
a side of sugary berries. In fact, if you take a nibble of the fruity
stuff next to your meatballs, you may find it tastes pretty similar to Thanksgiving dinner’s
red-headed step-child…good old cranberry sauce. “Shut up, cranberry sauce, nobody likes
you!” “Your mom does.” “That’s true.” There’s actually a legit reason for this familiar
flavor. It turns out that the lingonberry is pretty
much the European equivalent of the North American cranberry. Lingonberry jam has been a traditional Swedish
meat accompaniment for at least 250 years. So the next time you have some savory meat
and sweet jam on the same plate, go international and mix them up…European style. “Mmmmm, interesting, European style.” Like many of IKEA’s tastiest treats, pizza
is only available from the Bistro. And it’s definitely something that you should
pick up on your way out as a quick energy booster. You’ll need it to psych yourself up for the
grueling work of assembling all that impossible-to-pronounce furniture you just bought. While most of the food served in IKEA’s sit-down
restaurant is Swedish-style, the Bistro’s offerings seem to be typical American fare. And, in the case of the pizza, we’re all very
fortunate that this is the case. There’s a reason why Sweden is not known for
its pizza. Even the most polite reviewers have called
the Swedish version of pizza an acquired taste. And when it comes to odd topping combos, nobody
can out-bizarre Sweden, the home of what some have said might just be the worst pizza on
earth. “Look, I’ll eat some” Luckily, IKEA is sticking with a style that
most Americans are familiar with. And as far as food-court pizza goes, IKEA’s
take on the cheesy classic isn’t too bad. Although the cheese topping doesn’t look so
great, TimeOut Los Angeles confirmed that, in this case, looks are deceiving, and rated
it a solid number six out of the 20 IKEA food items they ranked. Another Bistro-only item is your basic hot
dog. Although IKEA is no longer selling these for
50 cents, even at the current price of $1, it’s still a pretty great deal. There’s also a meal combo for $3.25, which
gives you two hot dogs, plus a beverage. It’s not the epic bargain you get with Costco’s
famous $1.50 dog-and-a-drink combo but it might be worth the extra cash to enjoy the
ambience of IKEA’s restaurant, rather than the depressing, high school vibe of Costco’s
seating area. Overall, IKEA’s hot dogs are actually pretty
decent — all beef, boiled rather than grilled, but still moist and flavorful. The only thing that some customers question
is the hot dog’s size. They’re only about half as big as the monster
Costco dog. However, the upside of the smaller wiener
is that each of these puppies will only add 280 calories to your waistline. That’s compared to over 500 calories for a
Costco hot dog…and that number doesn’t even include condiments. So if you want to add ketchup, that’s totally
up to you. “Put on the ketchup.” “Do you work here?” If you’re perusing IKEA’s dessert section,
you might discover a rather mysterious and lumpy brown wedge labeled Daim cake. But what exactly is Daim and why would anyone
make a cake out of it? As to the first question, Daim is a type of
Swedish candy. When you walk through an IKEA food market,
you’ll definitely see a few hundred bags and bars of Daim. As to what it tastes like, basically it’s
a Swedish version of a Heath Bar. In fact, if the two candy bars were in a head-to-head
competition, it would probably end up as a draw. Although, Daim seems pretty serious about
crushing it. While there are multiple chocolate-coated
toffee bars on the market, there’s only one IKEA Daim cake, with its slightly sweet almond-flavored
base, creamy layer of custard, and thick coating of milk chocolate embedded with almond brittle
bites. Daim cake might not be the prettiest pastry
in the dessert aisle, but its taste has inspired copycat recipes and rave reviews around the
world. From critics to customers, everyone agrees
that IKEA’s frozen yogurt is a winner. TimeOut Los Angeles picked the sweet treat
as the best item available at either of Burbank IKEA’s two restaurants. They describe it as “Everything you want after a day of shopping. […] It’s sweet, airy, and simple,” exactly unlike IKEA’s assemble-it-yourself
furniture. What’s more, IKEA’s frozen yogurt comes in
at a mere 130 calories, including the cone. Perhaps the best thing about this chilled-out
classic is that it’s so cheap. After all these years, it’s still only a buck. If you’re feeling tired and thirsty after
a hard day of shopping and want a soft drink, you may notice that IKEA doesn’t offer the
standard array of Coke and Pepsi products. While there’s a generic type of cola at the
soda fountain, it’s supposed to be Swedish-style, and not really what most of us are used to. The other option is something called “Nordic
Fruit Water,” and it’s available in sparkling lemon, raspberry and pear flavors–as well
as a still lingonberry variety. Focusing on these flavored waters, instead
of traditional soda, was a very deliberate attempt on IKEA’s part to reduce global sugar
consumption. Well, at least that’s what we heard from this
very posh-sounding little girl. “IKEA is cutting sugar at its drinks towers
in half. And introducing, new Nordic fruit water, made
from natural ingredients.” If you prefer to pick up something pre-packaged
, the selection is still pretty Swede-centric. Some of your options include apple and pear
cider, fruit smoothies, and tiny juice boxes that could easily be described as oddly IKEA. If you can’t decide what to order in IKEA’s
restaurant because everything looks so good or you’re just a fan of budget-priced all-you-can-eat
buffets, be sure to keep an eye on the events page of your local IKEA website. Several times a year, IKEA hosts holiday-themed
buffets around Christmas, Easter and in June for a Midsummer celebration. Of course, each buffet features a selection
of Swedish breads, crackers, amazing desserts and unlimited drinks. But the best part is that these buffets tend
to run a very reasonable $16.99. Beat that, Golden Corral. “Ha, ha, ha…no!” Unfortunately, one of IKEA’s signature traditions,
their almost-annual crayfish party, had to be canceled at IKEAs across the U.S. in 2018
due to a lack of crayfish. Just like every other store out there, IKEA
offers a loyalty program. Although, unlike every other store out there,
IKEA Family actually gives you something free each time you walk through their doors. According to their website, you can get a
free coffee or tea from the restaurant with every visit. If you can’t be enticed by a hot beverage,
here’s something else that you might like: as an IKEA Family member, IKEA gives you what
their website describes as a surprise for your birthday, which is actually good for
the entire month that you were born in. Although their FAQ doesn’t offer any further
hint as to what the surprise might be, a couple of deal-roundup websites have spilled the
birthday beans: It’s an entire free meal. A meatball entree, plus your choice of Daim
or almond cake. Don’t forget your free coffee. Plus, you’ll receive an IKEA coupon worth
$15, which you can always use in the food market to pick up some extra meatballs and
cake to share with your family. Or, better yet, save the coupon, make a return
trip with a couple hungry friends, and start your IKEA culinary adventure all over again. “Now let’s go get some tiny meatballs!” “Meatballs!” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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67 Comments

  1. Diam cake is available in all supermarkets its got a twin Toblerone cake. Can be bought in literally every single supermarket in the UK. The Lincoln Berry jam is amazing with almost anything. From foisgras, to lamb chops

  2. I was just at ikea a few days ago and I had to resist the temptation of getting their food. I can't have any sugar and carbs but I'm pleased to see they have sparkling water options now. I might just get a simple plate of meatballs and sparkling water next time.

  3. I’m confused as to why IKEA has food in the first place like outta the blue “let’s go somewhere to eat ooooo how about IKEA” like wtf? 😂

  4. If you're not careful you could end up in a never-ending a Kia forever trapped, and then you'll have to eat that food for the rest of your days🙁

  5. If this woman presented weather on the local news she could make me look forward to a rainy day and perhaps I would even happily accept a diagnosis of a fatal disease from her with zero objection. Oh…Of course…veggie balls disease. Darn. –keels over.

  6. Ok… now time to eat at IKEA where they serve hot food on an actual plate with real silverware. Just how it should be!
    Thanks IKEA!

  7. Restaurants are messed up sometimes. Just because it's pass breakfast or lunch after a few minutes doesn't' mean you shouldn't be able serve it if someone is willing to pay for it.

  8. Just went to IKEA the other day and got to sample their vegetable meatballs in coconut curry sauce. They were REALLY GOOD!!! I don’t normally care much for vegetarian dishes, but I was pleasantly surprised.

  9. They've changed prices of these breakfast menus. It's now 3.49 for the "medium" breakfast (which is the old swedish American) and 4.99 for the large breakfast which has a pork loin in it

  10. Mashed really running out of ideas, seems like every video is about not eating at a restaurant or how a restaurant is failing. We don’t care, come up with something creative for once

  11. Worst pizza on earth..? What you see at 5:27 is not a Swedish pizza. It looks like some thick American pizza witout topping, that someone just put some bananas on, after it was cooked. Looks more like some kind of a pie than a pizza. Don´t be fooled. Swedish pizza is thin, has a lot of toppings and it´s usually quite delicious.

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