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Friday, April 21, 2006

Ikea Restaurant and Sweden Shop, Homebush Bay Drive

Knackebrod
Knackebrod crispbread

The one travel wish regrettably not fulfilled when I was living in the UK was Scandinavia. There were efforts made, but alas, t'was not to be.

A much cheaper and easier way of embracing all things Nordic is to head to your nearest Ikea. After examining the limitless practical storage ideas, admiring the funky yet functional furnishings, and really really wishing you could fit into the cocoon-like kids' swivel armchair, so much time will have passed that your stomach will start to rumble and your feet will find themselves trotting off in the direction of the Ikea Restaurant.

Ikea cafeteria

Ikea dessert cabinet
Pre-sliced cakes in the chiller cabinet

Ikea servery
Ikea Restaurant servery

We skipped the Swedish meatballs (Julia's ones in Ikea Singapore looked much more appealing than the ones on offer here) and grabbed a quick feed, all cheap and filling and it even came ready-assembled too!

Minestrone
Minestrone $3.95

Gravalax
Gravalax $3.95

Sushi rolls
Sushi box $3.95

Much more exciting though is the Sweden Shop near the exit on the other side of the checkouts. This little enclave is packed with a treasure trove of Swedish goodies, each delightfully packaged and stacked in uniform rows and towers oh-so-very-neatly.

Jams
Cloudberry jam and lingonberry jam

Pickled herring cabinet
The chiller altar of pickled goodness

Pickled herrings
Pickled herrings

Dessert cakes
Frozen dessert cakes
I really wanted the Daim bar cake!

Daim bars
Daim bars

Almonds, crisp buttery toffee, chocolate... drool... I love these bars and used to eat them by the truckload!


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Ikea Restaurant and Sweden Shop
Ikea Homebush Bay Drive
1 Oulton Ave

Entry via Rhodes Shopping Centre
Off Homebush Bay Drive, Rhodes, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9313 6400

Mon - Wed 10am - 7pm

Thurs 10am - 9pm
Fri 10am - 7pm
Sat - Sun 9am - 7pm

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 4/21/2006 11:57:00 pm


13 Comments:

  • At 4/22/2006 5:30 am, Blogger Catesa said…

    always so delicious looking you fabulous woman!! cant believe im limiting blog obsessing to once a week lol its soooo much loveliness!

     
  • At 4/22/2006 10:22 am, Blogger deborah said…

    Aaah. Ikea. How you tempt thee :)
    When I do my gorcery shop I also budget for the goodies I purchase at the Sweden shop. What did you buy??

     
  • At 4/22/2006 2:14 pm, Blogger fooDcrazEE said…

    there is much more variety in ur sideof Ikea - in Malaysia normally we either go for the salmon or meatballs.......wish they can have more choices here

     
  • At 4/22/2006 3:05 pm, Blogger chocolatesuze said…

    ohhh daim chocolates are the best!!! and i love the cake! straight from the freezer YUM!

     
  • At 4/22/2006 6:26 pm, Blogger nicole said…

    how excited am i that daim chocolates are available here!

     
  • At 4/22/2006 6:28 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Catesa - lol. Thank you. I know what you mean about blog obsessing. It's terribly addictive!

    Hi Saffron - Hehe. I am always much more interested in the food than the furniture.

    Would I disappoint you if I told you I left with nothing? The queue at the register was horrendous and after all my faffing about with the camera we had to skedaddle.

    I was staring for at least 3min at the Daim cake =)

    Hi foodcrazee - I was surprising at the variety of food available. There was a help-yourself salad bar too!

    Hi chocolatesuze - Ohhh... aren't they? They remind me of Almond Roca which rellies used to bring us from the States. The toffee is oh-so-goooooooood.

    Next time I go I must definitely procure a Daim cake!

     
  • At 4/23/2006 11:45 am, Blogger Reb said…

    Ohhhh that picture of the jam reminds me so much of fresh cloudberries which are soooo yummy. I ate tons of them when I was in Finland. Unfortunately I was there over summer and I went psychotic with lack of sleep coz it doesn't get dark :(

     
  • At 4/24/2006 1:11 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Reb - Cloudberries are such a fantastic name. Much more evocative than blackberry or blueberry!

     
  • At 4/25/2006 12:21 pm, Blogger Georgia said…

    Sushi at Ikea! That's a travesty! I can never go past the meatballs although I know they are mass produced and rubbery - probably shipped over from Sweden with the furniture.

     
  • At 4/26/2006 11:48 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Georgia - lol. Never underestimate the power of the sushi =) I will have to try their meatballs one day. Soon soon.

     
  • At 5/28/2007 1:22 pm, Blogger Hawaii-50 said…

    My wife and I had lunch the other day at IKEA (Seattle, WA) and the Hellman's Rasberry dressing is-to-die-for! Not too sweet or tart and nice and thick. Does anyone have any idea where we can purchase this dressing?

     
  • At 8/22/2007 2:58 pm, Blogger Sydneyguy said…

    The one thing i didnt like about IKEA is that once you go up that esculator to enter the store, YOU MUST walk through the entire store to get out!! There is no esculator that that brings you to the entry point!! SO the walk takes, what feels like, 10 minutes, at least you get good exercise!!

     
  • At 8/27/2007 11:10 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Hawaii-50 - Raspberry dressing? Wow. Sounds yum!

    Hi sydneyguy - Ah isn't that the trick that all the supermarkets use?

     

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