IKEA opens Swedish restaurant at its store in Shibuya


IKEA Japan on Wednesday opens a new Swedish restaurant—the first  restaurant at any IKEA City Shop in Japan—at IKEA Shibuya in Tokyo.

To date, the traditional stores in IKEA Japan have been operating restaurants that offer Swedish food at affordable prices for enhanced shopping experiences. Now, for the very first time, an IKEA City Shop in Japan opens a new eating spot at IKEA Shibuya, with the possibilities for customers to experience the Swedish cuisine while enjoying the convenience of shopping in central Tokyo.

The Swedish restaurant, located on the seventh floor of IKEA Shibuya, will serve traditional Swedish dishes as well as various items exclusive to this city shop. To support the commitment to sustainable living, the menu at IKEA Shibuya will include healthy, sustainable choices, including plant-based items such as plant balls (meatless “meatballs”) and apple soft ice cream.

The new restaurant will also feature a number of salmon dishes. Salmon, an indispensable  part of Swedish food culture, is a healthful choice rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. IKEA serves sustainable Norwegian Atlantic salmon certified under the international Aquaculture Stewardship (ASC) standard as responsibly farmed seafood. The restaurant will offer both traditional Swedish salmon dishes and exclusive items such as salmon poke and fillet salmon  meals that customers of all ages are sure to enjoy.

Helene von Reis, CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Japan, said, “We are excited to be  opening our new Swedish restaurant on the top floor of IKEA Shibuya. Customers are invited to explore delicious Swedish flavors made with sustainable seafood and plant-based recipes."

Kiyoshi Sagawa, Country Food Manager of IKEA Japan, said, “Just like at our ‘blue-box’ stores, please drop  by to enjoy some delicious and sustainable Swedish food, including soft ice for only 50 yen. Whether before, during or after shopping, we invite you to make your visit extra fun by coming up to the seventh floor at IKEA Shibuya with friends or family for a unique dining experience.”

For the safety of all customers, the Swedish restaurant will operate in strict compliance with all COVID-19 guidelines of the government.

Location: Takagi Building, 24-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station

Size: 390 square meters

Capacity: 167 persons (actual)

Hours: Daily from 11:00 to 20:00 (last order at 19:30), but closed Jan 1 (same as store hours)

Source: IKEA Japan

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I can't wait to go!

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What other dishes do they have than the meatballs and plantball on the menu? 2 dishes cover their whole menu and yet they also taste like dumplings but without the cover. Okay, I'll just pop into other restaurant next to it.

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I love Swedish food so I am happy about this, but I question the timing.

Anyway, I hope it is successful (just not terribly so, to avoid crowds) so eventually the menu can expand.

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When they say plant-based, I'm hoping it really is, and not just another 'mostly vegetarian' but with meat extract or dairy products, as is common in Japan. Jumping on the bandwagon but not really understanding the concept. I trust IKEA is a bit more in the know than the average Japanese company and consumer.

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I don't know if the McDs there do the 100 yen ones, but 50 yen "soft cream" ices in Shibuya should be a welcome addition. Soft serve ice cream is made of milk, not cream, and is full of air, so it shouldn't cost hundreds of yen like it frequently does.

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I don't get what all the hype is with their food, it's bang average at best.

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last i checked about the food on offer for sale a lot of it was Chinese deepfreeze. That was at Harajuku.

thanks but no thanks for me.

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last i checked about the food on offer for sale a lot of it was Chinese deepfreeze. That was at Harajuku.

thanks but no thanks for me.

Robert Maes, you don't seem to be happy for others-type of person. The restaurant staff must have worked very hard for this business. I am going to support them.

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