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!
Besides the normal Swedish fare like their signature Swedish meatballs and salmon dishes, what else does the IKEA restaurant in Korea offer?
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:
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…
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.
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
Article by: Zhen Zhen @ KAvenyou.com