In the midst of blogging about my adventures in Sweden, I had wanted to include something about the cuisine. Except, I mainly dined at ethnic restaurants and I didn't take photos of the few Scandinavian dishes I did eat. So what's a food blogger to do except dine at everyone's favorite Swedish furniture store. :)
Now, you're probably wondering why the IKEA in Covina is worthy of mention. Well, it's all about the view. From the restaurant, you get a great view of the 10 freeway and the hills beyond. Oooooh. Are you suitably impressed now? ;)
Actually, compared to some of the other spaces, I really do think this restaurant's location is light and airy. If you choose to dine at the white chairs on the right side, you get a view of...
...the main entrance and escalators with the Klippan sofa display. Personally, I'm an Ektorp sofa girl. I don't like hard lines and need comfy cushions.
On the far side of the restaurant, where you bus your trays, there's also a living room set-up for those of you who are used to eating in front of the television. Except this television is for display purposes only.
On this day, I got the kiddie meatball meal with 5 Swedish meatballs, gravy, lingonberry sauce, and home fries. The meal comes with a kiddie-sized refillable juice cup, with lingonberry juice, of course. All for $1.99. So cousin Q's little brother got one too. We had stopped off to buy a new desk for cousin Q.
I also got an open-faced shrimp sandwich for $2.99. A bit dry, but light. It was more like a small side salad on a slice of bread. I never quite got the Scandinavian penchant for open-faced sandwiches. Not nearly as practical as a closed sandwich.
For dessert I got a blueberry cheesecake for 99 cents.
Cousin Q got the regular-sized meatball plate for $4.99, which came with 15 meatballs and the option of mashed potatoes instead of homefries.
The other Scandinavian idiosyncracy is for pickled fish and seafood in a tube. Remember when Norwegian cousin brought me caviar in a tube? The crab pate with dill in a tube was on sale so I bought it. It tasted more like salmon mousse with dill. Actually, it was quite tasty spread on crackers, but very salty.
Long ago when I first visited Norway, I asked my uncle if he knew how to prepare lutefisk (Norwegian cod preserved in lye). He said he could make it if I really wanted to try, but that it tasted extremely fishy. Not a good recommendation for sure.
They do have an array of Scandinavian jams that are hard to find elsewhere such as gooseberry, cloudberry, elderflower, and lingonberry.
I would love to buy elderflower syrup if it weren't $9.99 a bottle.
I'm done furnishing my house, but I still stop in from time to time for odds and ends. That's usually when I head to the food area by the exit and grab a lingonberry juice for $1.
Or a $1 frozen yogurt cone. Not the sour stuff, but good old-fashioned sweet soft-serve. And 50 cent hot dogs. It's not that I have to have one, but I do have to have a bargain and 50 cent hot dogs are definitely a bargain.
And only once have I ever gotten up early enough to enjoy their 99-cent breakfasts, which Elmo of Monster Munching said all shortcomings are forgiven buried underneath a dousing of Tobasco.
848 S. Barranca Ave.
Covina, CA 91723
Monday to Saturday 9:30am-8:30pm
Breakfast Served 9:30am- 11am
1 year ago today, persimmons.
2 years ago today, Korean barbecue on a rock slab and kimchee fried rice at Seol Ak San - Stanton.