Those of us averse to eating meat can now not shop for furniture at IKEA Indonesia and munch the store’s popular dishes at the restaurant, which has rolled out a plant-based menu.
For IDR60K, you can get 12 plant balls — a veggie spin on the famous Swedish meatballs — that come with sides of mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, and lingonberry jam and topped with IKEA’s signature gravy.
“The shape is identical [to the meatball]. Hopefully it will be received well and it can contribute to environmental sustainability,” IKEA Food Commercial Manager Dita Astari Putri said, adding that each portion of the plant balls has a carbon footprint that’s 20 times smaller than the traditional meatballs.
IKEA did not outline the plant balls’ recipe, but the same product launched in other countries previously consisted of chickpeas, green peas, carrot, corn, kale and red pepper, which, we imagine, would make it closely resemble falafel but chewier.
Other dishes in the menu include a plant based sausage bun (replacing chicken) for IDR10K and a plant-based matcha ice cream for IDR6K.
IKEA Indonesia says it’s going to continue expanding the menu so that around half of the offerings available in its restaurant and cafe would be plant-based by 2025.
The plant-based menu is available at all IKEA stores in Indonesia, namely in Alam Sutera, Sentul City, and Kota Baru Parahyangan, though dine-in restrictions apply. You can also buy the items via IKEA’s drive thru or through GoFood.