A kid-free lunch date is a rarity for us but this time when we were in India we did get one hour or two to us without kids. We had to go check out the brand new Ikea outlet, the first-of-its-kind opened in Hyderabad.
Obviously, with the limited time, we had we couldn’t explore every corner of the store. So we rushed to the food court to grab a quick meal. Thankful we arrived much before the peak hour (lunch break for the IT companies in the area) so we didn’t have to wait in the queue for our turn to step in their food court.
The menu looked quite impressive. However, we only wanted to try to see what’s so ‘Swe-desi’ about India’s Ikea.
If you have a sweet tooth you will love this place. Ikea India offers a wide range of desserts including the yummiest mango mousse pastries ( I don’t recall the exact name though). The price point is a bit high but it’s worth it once in a while.
The world famous Ikea meatballs will only be offered in chicken instead of meat in India, unlike other countries. This is keeping in mind the Indian sentiments. And I have to tell you it’s just mouth-watering. Plus the ‘desi’ flavored mashed potatoes are my new favorite.
Before going to Ikea India, I was very curious about it’s ‘Indian-ness’ but when I spotted Gulab jamun and Biryani in their food court, I knew what the Team Ikea actually meant.
However, I wasn’t very convinced as to why I should eat biryani at the Ikea when in Hyderabad. I would rather go to a Shadab or a Shahghouse or a Paradise if I want Hyderabadi biryani, isn’t it?
Moving on we spotted so many more calories (oops! I mean desserts) brownies, cheesecakes, pastries, croissants, cupcakes whatnot!
However, the tomato soup was the yummiest ever. You just don’t want to miss it. Period.
Finally here’s the list of what you should not miss when at Ikea India food court:
- Chicken Meatballs with mashed potatoes and jam
- Mango mousse pastry
- Tomato soup
In our house, a good meal always ends with a good cup of chai and lots of chatter. So we had to grab our cups. We tried the cappuccino along with the masala tea. I think it’s safe to say, fifty bucks were worth the unlimited refills and endless conversations with my best friend.
What’s your favorite place for a weekend hangout?