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IKEA Restaurant and Cafe, Homebush

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Published September 2nd 2012
A cheap eat pit stop after furniture shopping
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My lunch at the IKEA Homebush Bay restaurant

A couple of weekends ago (as at the time of writing this) I helped one of my friends buy furniture for her new pad. I was there to assist her in the process, especially for home decorating ideas. After the process, you'd naturally need a bite to eat. Shopping at IKEA makes you hungry in a highly peckish way. I wanted to try some swedish food.

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Fresh foods in the fridge in the bistro area

The whole setup brought me back to those old style cafeterias and club bistros. You grab a tray, move it across the assembly line. In the process you grab what you need to eat. Tends to remind you of some of those workplace cafeterias, and those cafeterias in American high schools and hospitals.

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The drinks at the bistro area

The swedish meatballs looked divine. I wasn't quite hungry for that. This is the type of establishment where you'd like some variety in your food. There are many different cold delicacies that are pre-prepared and wrapped up in fridges. Either way, the food looks extremely fresh.

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My coffee being made

It was a challenging choice choosing between the vast array of organic swedish juices, as well as their apple drink (similar to Appletiser) and water. I opted for a bottle of swedish water ($2.00) and the next pit stop was for the hot foods. Looking to the left, the cold salads caught my attention where raw eggs and pickles can be purchased. Two pieces of garlic bread ($2.00) caught my attention.

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Ready to tuck in...

Continuing on, the marinated salmon wraps ($5.95) caught my eye. The fish looked extremely fresh, and it tasted the same. A decent amount of green salad is provided. This is one filling treat. Use the lemon wedge, and a tangy flavour is enjoyed.

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Cake anyone? Sweet tooths rejoice

It would be nice to have a dessert too. Let's fill the tray up, and so I did. I opted for the Tiramisu ($1.95) regretting my decision later. I only ate half of this smallish cup. It was a bit too rich and processed like for me.

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An interesting yet fairly good bistro style lunch at a glance

As a member of IKEA Family, swipe your card at the registers when paying, and you're entitled to a free hot drink: coffee or hot chocolate. The wine glass taken for my water was a personal touch.

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Garlic bread...yum...

It turned out that I did not need to buy some bottled water after all, as you can help yourself to some water near the self serve soft drink area. There was another customer in front of me who was having a bit of a challenging time in operating the coffee machine: "Gees these things are so high tech." I had no issues brewing my latte from this machine, although hot chocolate appeared to not be available at the time.

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The dining area

The marinated salmon wrap was my dish of the day. Fresh fillings, and a rather filling and tasty meal. The garlic bread was flavoursome as well. Pity the edges were a bit on the overly crunchy side. The hot drink wasn't to my liking. A bit too strong. Forget the packaged desserts.

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The tiramisu to your left...

All in all the IKEA Restaurant at Ikea Homebush (located inside Rhodes Shopping Centre) provides a cheap feed. The customer service was excellent. Treat this establishment as that: a much needed pit stop.

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Thank you for the beautiful marinated salmon wrap IKEA
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Why? For a quick cheap feed. The ultimate pit stop after shopping at Ikea.
When: After doing any shopping at Ikea
Phone: 02 8002 0400
Where: Ikea Homebush Bay
Cost: My bill added up to $11.90
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