During my recent visit to Manchester, my brother asked whether I would like to try some Swedish food for lunch. I was all game and we headed for a long drive to IKEA (Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside), situated in the outskirts of the city.
IKEA has successfully moved in to the food business and offers an appetizing range that is more nutritious, sustainable, and affordable for everyone. The IKEA restaurant was mammoth with interesting seating arrangement and lighting.
We decided to go for Kottbullar (Meat Balls) with fries, gravy and peas (we let go the lingonberry jam), Kycklingbullar (Chicken Balls) with Mash, gravy and peas and a portion of traditional Fish and Chips. They also a veggie balls called Grönsaksbullar for those who want to reduce their meat intake. The veggie balls are gluten-free, soy-free, non-dairy and do not contain GMO.
The meat balls, IKEA claims, have 23 per cent less calories than the traditional meatballs and have a six times lower carbon footprint. The chicken balls are gluten-free, non-dairy and antibiotic free. They also have only natural ingredients: meat (84 per cent), onion, breadcrumbs, egg, water, salt and pepper.
I found that that, both Kycklingbullar and Kottbullar were well prepared, the curry was great, and the mash and peas were probably the best you could get.
The Fish and Chips also did not disappoint. Fried to perfection with less fat and good sides, this was worth every penny.
I also found that the meatballs, chicken balls and veggie balls can be purchased in frozen packet for reasonable rates. Absolutely smashing!