Ikea Tempe really is a one stop shop for everything home related. The store itself sits on a huge industrial site and offers plenty of parking. The restaurant and cafe area is strategically located smack bang in the middle of the store. Anyone who has been to an Ikea knows that you are required to walk through all their displays like a maze before you reach the checkouts at the end. The restaurant is situated at the end of the first level before you proceed downstairs to more homewares and checkouts. Note that if you don’t have any shopping to do, you can head straight to the restaurant.
The dining area offers both traditional Swedish fare in the self-service restaurant and sandwiches and espresso at the Coffika (cafe). The restaurant food is renowned for being reasonably priced and delicious. On both sides of the self-service area you will find fridges with salads, fruit and dessert. Hot food is at the back and make sure you keep an eye out for specials. Popular meals include the Swedish meatballs and chicken parmigiana. Everything seems to come with chips, so its great that you can add a bowl of vegetables to your meal for only $1.49. Remember that meals are large and can easily be shared. The meatballs come with 15 pieces!
They really have thought of everything here to keep little ones entertained with full bellies. The kids breakfast is only $1.49 and includes scrambled eggs, bacon and a hash brown. For lunch and dinner the kids meals are $3.49 with the choice of chicken nuggets and chips or kids meatballs. For only an extra $1.50 you can add a juice and ‘frog in the pond’ jelly to your kids meal. At the ‘Family Station’, you will find everything you need to feed the kids – plastic cutlery and plates, bibs, highchairs and a microwave. This is all situated next to the fantastic kids play area.
The kids play area is innovative and fun. Its like nothing I have ever seen before at a restaurant. There are lots of seating options for parents depending on the age of the child and their interests. One options is to sit in the red circular pod, from which you can overlook the little ones playing with toys inside (most suited to crawlers and toddlers). They also have a row of toy kitchens for little ones to ‘play house’. The third option is the long row of tables with rolls of colouring paper and pens. Families can really relax here!
Family dining doesn’t get much better than Ikea Tempe. The food is delicious and cheap and the little ones have space to run and play. The huge bright dining space and the dedicated kids area means families don’t have to worry about disturbing others.