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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published July 16th 2016
A Clock on a Chair, a Reindeer and Salmon for a Song
Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, cheap food, child friendly, cheap shopping, shopping centre café,
Just one more clock?


I think I'm in love with IKEA. I get excited just thinking about my next rendezvous and what I might discover there. I acknowledge that some people don't like the maze of shopping to locate the checkout but, I could spend hours at IKEA (if it weren't for impatient children) and I wouldn't even mind if I did got lost. Incidentally, IKEA have a great supervised play area for small children. They have a system for buzzing parents if need be, otherwise you can have two full hours of interrupted hours shopping until your heart's content.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, cheap food, child friendly, cheap shopping, shopping centre café,
I love my new coffee table


Last time I was at IKEA I picked up a lovely glass top coffee table with drawers to display your treasures. I rather like the wall clock mounted on a chair but if I bring home another clock.... maybe next time.

The purpose of this review was to alert readers to the cheapest lunch ever, but I do digress when it comes to IKEA! It's pretty hard not to.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, cheap food, child friendly, cheap shopping, shopping centre café,
Rosti, smoothie and a block of chocolates- all my favourites


IKEA has a number of hearty hot and cold options that are hard to resist. The prices are unbelievable. For example, the large Asian chicken salad for $6.99. I enjoyed the delicious Rosti for just a few dollars. My son had a crispy salmon with mash and veggies for under $10. I paid $38 for a salmon last week!

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, cheap food, child friendly, cheap shopping, shopping centre café,
salmon, beans and scalloped potatoes


There were lots of drinks including Swedish smoothies and dessert options, but I somehow resisted. I don't know if this was only on special when I was there, but a whole block of chocolate was only $1. Where else can you eat a roast, drink and indulge in dessert for two people for around twenty dollars?

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, cheap food, child friendly, cheap shopping, shopping centre café,
Some of the smoothie selection


When making my food choice (not a quick decision for me) I was imagining living closer to IKEA. I could eat a big meal every lunchtime then have a small snack for dinner. I could save on grocery bills, need never cook again and sneak in a quick look around at the bargains at the same time. I might also pick up a thing or two while I was there which would be counterproductive financially but so much fun.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, cheap food, child friendly, cheap shopping, shopping centre café,
It's a large, modern cafe


I always accumulate a few bits and pieces I possibly don't really need but I do love the red reindeers that weren't on my shopping list. They will look sensational on my Christmas table this year!


The honeymoon with IKEA is definitely not over. Mwah.


Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, cheap food, child friendly, cheap shopping, shopping centre café,
They are so cute!
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Why? A really cheap hearty meal
When: 10am-9pm everyday
Phone: (03) 9565 8000
Where: Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre
Cost: Cheap
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I had no idea, IKEA ran cafes.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12442) 1129 days ago
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