I've realised that Ikea Restaurant is always packed. No matter the day or time of the week, school holiday or not, weekend or weekday, the expansive cafeteria always sports a long snaking queue of diners. It's understandable though; the food is relatively decent and the price points are affordably wallet-friendly.
For a Swedish restaurant, they do fairly commendable local fare, like the Chicken Curry ($4.50), succulent chunky meat dunked in a flavourful and punchy gravy.
The Poached Salmon ($7.90), while less than sparkling fresh, was moist and flaky, highlighted by the dill-accented cream sauce draped all over. The stuffing, while veering on dry, was mottled with herby aromas.
The Chicken Wings ($5.60 for 4), an Ikea staple, was fantastic, if a little skinny. Well marinated and flavoursome to the bone, the skin had a beautiful crisp.
The pork-and-beef-based Swedish Meatballs ($9.50 for 20) were nicely textured and juicy, complemented by ligonberry compote and brown jus.
For dessert, the Butterscotch Cookie ($1), so massive that we shared it amongst the 4 of us, was delightfully chewy and sticky and moist.
317 Alexandra Road
2 Floor Ikea Alexandra
Tel: 6378 1604
Open daily from 8am to 10pm