Meatballs are as much a part of Ikea’s DNA as flatpack furniture.
The Swedish homewares giant sells an astonishing $US2 billion worth of food annually around the world, including around 150 million meatballs (that’s six for every Australian).
And with Ikea planning a three-day design festival at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art at the end of August, the company is running a pop-up meatball restaurant based on the Ikea Museum one in the company’s hometown of Älmhult.
The “Donate by Plate” dinner restaurant will also donate all proceeds to Foodbank, the charity which distributes food to people in need. There are two dining sessions nightly — 6pm and 7:45pm, and you’ll need to book tickets, donating between $20 and $30 per person for the meal.
Alongside the classic Swedish meatballs, chicken meatballs, veggie balls, the company will also offer a sneak peek at its new salmon meatballs, which hit the menu in 2019, while at lunchtime there’s a one-off kangaroo meatball sampling.
Ikea Australia Food Manager Ivana Frost, said the roo balls combine “the best of both worlds” by adding a native Australian flavour to Swedish heritage.
“The Roo Ball was developed using sustainably sourced, high quality kangaroo meat, which is a healthier alternative to other meats,” he said.
“We’re confident that we’ve created a new meatball that is truly delicious and, most importantly, can easily be recreated at home at an affordable price.”
The Ikea Democratic Design Days event runs August 27-29 at the MCA and the roo balls will be on offer between 11am and 1pm each day. If you’re keen to get along and try them or the pop-up meatball restaurant, you’ll need to book a free ticket online here.
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