[Foodie Friday] What's in Korea's IKEA Restaurant (besides meatballs)?

ikea korea

IKEA has finally opened its very first outlet in Korea, located in Gwangmyeong – less than an hour away from Seoul last December. Did you know that this IKEA Gwangmyeong Store is also currently the biggest IKEA store in the world? Anyway, visits in IKEA anywhere around the world would not be complete if you don’t stop by the restaurant – in fact, most of my IKEA visits are just for their meatballs!

IKEA Swedish Meatballs
IKEA Swedish Meatballs (Photo Credit) – 5900 won for 10 pcs

Besides the normal Swedish fare like their signature Swedish meatballs and salmon dishes, what else does the IKEA restaurant in Korea offer?

ikea chicken quiche
Quiches & chicken drumsticks (Photo Credit) – 1000 won each

Korea’s IKEA restaurant does not offer chicken wings (my next love after the meatballs), but instead they offer fried chicken drumsticks at 1000 won per drumstick, and 1000 won quiches as well! The self-service option makes it so tempting to pile up the drumsticks on your plate.

Since this is Korea, they have to offer localized dishes to cater to their majority-Korean customers:

ikea kimchi fried rice
Kimchi fried rice (Photo Credit) – 2000 won
ikea bulgogi rice
Bulgogi with rice (Photo Credit) – 3900 won
ikea banchan
Banchan (Photo Credit) – 1000 won

A typical Korean meal is never complete without any side dishes, and hence I guess that’s the reason why IKEA restaurant is also selling banchan. I wonder if meatballs go along well with kimchi though…

ikea hotdog
Hotdog + drink combo (Photo Credit) – 1000 won
ikea meatball sandwich
Meatball sandwich + drink combo (Photo Credit) – 2500 won

Even the hotdogs in Korea’s IKEA are different, as compared to Singapore’s. For the normal hotdog buns, the hotdogs come with some fried onion topping. And there is actually meatball sandwich!!!!!! I never knew such a combination was possible – is it only Singapore that does not offer this, or is it only Korea that offers this??? Meanwhile, I guess we can only DIY this amazing combination for now.

ikea cakes
Assortment of cakes (Photo Credit)

For any reason, if you wish to head down to Korea’s IKEA, regardless whether you want to eat, do some shopping, or just show off to your friends that you have visited the largest IKEA store in the entire world, here is the address: http://www.ikea.com/kr/en/store/gwangmyeong/indexPage

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