Ikea Café

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IKEA probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think “gastronomy.” And you’d be right. But if you’re on a budget and redecorating, why not stop in for a quick bite? You can spend half your month’s wage on gourmet dining in West Bay, or spare change here, and still leave the
café with a smile.

Choose wisely in the self-service cafeteria and you’ll have a decent meal. But it can be hit and miss. Scandinavian classic marinated salmon makes a pretty tasty starter if you’re hungry for three-courses. Follow that with a hearty curry and rice – “local” specials at IKEA depend on the day – and finish up with coffee and a biscuit; you can’t really go wrong.

The cakes are an acquired taste and most of them can be bought whole from the freezer in the food store downstairs. The salad bar is limited but good if you’re looking for a healthy option. We gave the shawarmas a miss – by the looks of things, competition in Qatar is simply too stiff. Our soups could have been better, but were fine. Mains, including the roast chicken and fish and chips, were hearty, but nothing to wow over. But what else would you expect?

We were there on a quiet weekday lunchtime – perhaps the mistake. Cafeterias work best when busy, food spends less time under the hot lamps and turnover is faster. One of the positives here – service from behind the counter is always with a smile.

Light and airy, the cafeteria’s floor-to-ceiling windows make the best of the weather and on a clear day you can see all the way to West Bay.
While the food isn’t exactly gourmet, facilities for families with babies and toddlers are unrivalled, with play areas, baby changing rooms, bibs, tableware and even bottle-warmers at your disposal.

The simple fact is this is IKEA’s cafeteria and shouldn’t be compared to a restaurant. Located halfway round the store, it can provide a welcome break from the furniture shopping. If you’re knee-deep in cardboard boxes, can’t decide on your curtains and don’t have any kitchenware, this place might well fill a food gap and save your sanity.

The bill (two adults & one child)
1x Marinated salmon QR22
1x Seafood chowder QR9
1x Seafood Tom Yum QR9
1x Roast chicken and vegetables QR17
1x Salad bowl QR9
1x Arabic bread QR1
1x Fish and chips QR15
1x Chicken tikka masala QR20
1x Extra vegetables QR5
1 Kids’ chicken nuggets and chips QR7
1x Cupcake QR5
1x Almondy Toblerone Cake QR12
1x Chocolate cake QR12
2x Coffees QR10
Total QR153

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

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Details

  • Location: Others, Doha
  • Tel: 4406 2555
  • Travel: Al Shamal Road, Al Dayyan Municipality
  • Website
  • Cuisine: Cafés
  • Times: Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm, Thu 9am-11.30pm, Fri 8am-11.30am, 12.30pm-11.30pm, Sat 8am-11.30pm
  • Price: QR50-200

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