Dinner at IKEA ;D
As usual, ikea on a Saturday night was crowded and it took us a while to get seats during dinner time.
We decided to get a plate of mee siam each, chicken wings and a butterscotch chocolate cake.
The mee siam costs only $1.90! but we only managed to get two plates and it’s out of stock due to high demand:/
Although it is quite a small plate, but it’s just right for one person, with some sides like chicken wings.
The mee siam is not too spicy and the tou pok is quite a lot. I like the gravy!;D
But it’s a little salty though :x
Considered super worth it comparing with the price of other items.
The chicken wings is as always, crispy and fragrant on the outer and the meat is tender and tasteful^^
It is not too dry and there’s still some juice within :D
For the cake, we actually wanted to get the chocolate cake but I think we got the wrong one and got the butterscotch chocolate cake instead.
But we’re glad we got the wrong one because we simply love the cake!;D
There’s a few layer of taste and texture…a combination of the soft chocolate cake and the crispy layer, which seems like biscuit bits kind of layer.
A little sticky and it is sweet but not the kind that we will get sick of it after a few mouthful.
Chocolate coupled with the butterscotch, I just really love it to the max ;D
On the summary, we got a cake, 6 chicken wings and two plates of mee siam, shared between the 3 of us.
The whole meal that made us fairly full merely costs the each of us around $4 …pretty worth it right? ;D
What I really like about this place is the vast number of storage options. The way they guide us through the different options is so simple and tempting to buy everything.
It's like me discovering new toys to put at home and seeing the showrooms makes me want to have the same layout too.
I like the storage options as I'm always in need of organising my stuff with categorised cabinets. That way, it's so much easier to remember where I kept my stuff.
I've tried the cafe and the long queue is really too much. The way the tables and chairs are placed are too close to each other and there are prams all over the place. It makes the place even more squeezy and it isn't comfortable. I just like more walking space between chairs.
IKEA Tampines is one of our favourite hangout places! We can spend hours browsing through the many displays, getting ideas for our own place. Shhh, don't tell anyone, but most of my FB pictures are taken at IKEA, posing in the elegant furnishings. I could never get our place to look like that!
The marketplace is also a great place to impulse buy. From tealights and candles to little oddities, you can get almost anything quaint, adorable (and sometimes functional) from this section.
Take a break in between browsing to catch a quick bite to eat at the restaurant (try the Swedish Meatballs!) and rest your legs. Then shop some more!
After the checkouts is the deli, which is where you can pick up a soft drink, coffee, ice cream cone or hotdog at relatively cheap prices. Judging from the queue, seems everyone has the same idea!
Can it GET Bigger???
I mean Singapore is such a tiny place.. and there's two IKEAs.. On top of that this one is much bigger then the other.. The Father of all DIY furnitures.. I should say what makes IKEA crowded all the time is not just the value for money furnitures.. but more of the Creative Ideas they Give you....
I mean its FUN to shop at Ikea.. First the parking is so considerate.. They actually have bigger parking space for families with children, prams and whatever Huge MPVs, SUVs, Monster Truck you have. Clean and huge toilets with children bowls for the small buttocks.. I mean its a pretty scary thing to fall into a Toilet bowl... I mean toilet bowl today are much bigger then before.. We have to accomodate the bigger personalities... Thanks to the fast food culture.....
The layout of the place are well thought off.. neat and not obstructive. Its easy to locate the big entrance/exit and wide areas for loading and unloading to prevent traffic obstruction.. To a female driver IKEA is such a SAINT.." WHY DO WE ALWAYS GET HORNED AT... AND STOP SHAKING YOUR HEAD AT ME, I'm only trying to PARK"
When you get there.. You can immediately Dump your kid at the enclosed playground for their leisure.. They have a great system to monitor your kids and HUGE number tags... Now you know who bullys who.... and you definitely won't lose your kid.. even if you want to.... Now you can start shopping in peace, without a constantly demanding little monster running around and banging into stuffs.
They have everything you need in a house, including that little candle stand or photo frame you frame your wonderful memories in. Items are packed logically with related things nearby. More then one area to find some handy items and creative slogans and ideas just simply pop about in your brain. Its fun and exciting to discover the many things you can put onto that one flimsy shelve and find fun from your mundane working weekday 9 to 5 life. If you happen to get lost in that big big space, you could always find a location map and before you know it, you're already on your way out.
Some of the items are really cheap and useful. Theres not restriction to the usage of any items.. only how you want to use them.... I love the lamps especially.. With many colours and wondeful shapes and sizes and most importantly, i find the lamps value for money. Though DIY is not my forte, they made it look so EASY... and I always renewed some DIY confidence when i shop at IKEA....
When you get hungry.. you could always stop by the cafe for some free flow coffee or yummy beef balls.. I mean so juicy yummy and a good portion for one... You will definitely have no left overs for this. If its too crowded then get downstairs for some HOTDOGs... they are cheap, tasty, quick and very fun to squeeze sauce on them. Its like trying to milk a cow.. try it and you will know...
I love to go to IKEA.... its all for the fun... and while having fun.. get some shopping done...
Leave the fixing to the men at home..... why bother.. buy first.......... then I also can shake my head at them....... *Fab!*
Even though many people think that Ikea only have good furniture, but the food there is SUPERB.
My favourite food there is the meatball, the meatball is super delicious with the topping of the meatball sauce, whenever i go there i will always other the meatball. The fried chicken wings there is also very nice.
The bad part about eating at Ikea is the looking for seats, the people that go there for meals are alot, everytime i go there i would have to look for seats which is a trouble but its worth it for the good food =D
If you ever go to Ikea you must try the meatball there..
Tampines IKEA is really a breakthrough concept pushing the boundaries of just buying furniture in Singapore. Unlike previous furniture stores and warehouse. IKEA has turned furniture shopping from a chore into an unforgetable experience. The idea of leading people through the entire IKEA mall into different sections such as the living room section to the kids section allow people to really understand what IKEA has to offer for every inch of the household.
I especially love this concept because it helps us to organise and slowly decide what parts of the home we would like to renovate or decorate first. perfect for the lazy men and women ! They also made it big by introducing their own eatery. It allows people to take a break before resuming their shopping.
IKEA tampines has made a trip to the furniture into a great place to spend your weekend afternoons with family or love ones. Keep it up !
I visited and bought things from Ikea Tampines close 8 times in the last 2 months. That's really a record for someone who doesn't drive. I faithfully took the shuttle on most trips and took a cab home on a couple of occasions.
There are a number of things I've learnt on these trips to Ikea...
Unless you bought extremely large items, it still makes more sense to take a cab home rather than pay for delivery which is $40 if you live in Tampines, Pasir Ris or Simei areas and $45 for other areas. There was one occasion where we bought quite a number of items and we booked a Maxi Cab home, costing us $20 which is still cheaper than the delivery cost and we needn't wait for the delivery date/time.
If you're going for a specific item/s, call ahead to check for stock, especially during peak seasons before Christmas and CNY. Things go out of stock easily and may not be re-stocked within the week. It happened to me a few times and it's quite exasperating.
Always keep your receipt. Ikea is no longer as liberal as they used to be on return policies. I think there were amendments to the policy when they realised that people were taking advantage of it. Keep your receipt not as proof of purchase but to prove WHEN you made your purchase as they have a 100-day policy. It didn't used to be this way.
AND if you see the item going on clearance... MAKE SURE you really want the item before buying it. If the item is no longer sold at the store, you'll have trouble trying to return it if you don't like it anymore.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK before going. We did do our homework but when we got there we had a change of mind. If you take a look at my pictures I have a high table with metal legs. Those aren't suppose to go together. The metal legs are meant for another table top that has one end attached to the wall. The table top has 16 holes pre-drilled under it. This table top that we got has 20 holes pre drilled under it and we couldn't fix it properly. We were a little upset that we had to return it at first but LUCKILY my contractor did us the favour by putting it together for us. hehe
I still like going to Ikea... I like to buy all the little decorative items for my room and the rest of the house. I enjoy walking around in the big open space and not have any salesperson following me around. I like how they sometimes stock the things in two areas so that you can change your mind and still buy the item without going back up. I also love the $1 hotdogs which I buy to eat while waiting for the shuttle.
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