Yes, I know, Ikea has meatballs and a bunch of other food items in their cafeteria. I’m very very picky about meatballs, and I’d say none of the other menu reached out and grabbed me, either, but I will say one item did appeal to me.
This one: Smoked salmon salad. Or, as they call it, Lax Gravad… a Scandanavian smoked salmon with dill and similar herbs, served near a bed of greens, with a mustard-based sauce.
The salmon was WONDERFUL. The greens varied from plate to plate here in New Haven – some plates held a lot of greens, some had just a few. Fortunately, I could pick the plate I wanted. I do like my greens!
The mustard sauce was overall good and flavorful, but sweeter than I’d care for, so I just used a touch here and there. Your tastes will probably vary, as I have happily entrained myself out of most sweet foods.
Ikea does sell a couple of varieties of smoked salmon in their shop, including this one. The price is reasonable. Take it home, and make your own home-based smoked salmon salad platter, and add in capers and slices of fresh lemon! Maybe a sliver of shallot or green onion, or two?? (They also sell the sauce, but as noted, that was too sweet for me.)
Food prices at this venue are reasonable – I am guessing they want you to buy stuff for your home, and are willing to take a bit of a loss. Just to encourage you. (I did find things I’m interested in purchasing, but not simply immediately. Soon, however…)