One of the world’s greatest furniture retailer, IKEA has opened their first ever store in Hyderabad. However, interestingly this store which is set to be their biggest in the world will include a restaurant segment, similar to their other outlets. Unfortunately, their signature pork and beef meatballs will be substituted with vegetarian and chicken dishes.
Indian Express reported that five years after the company received the Indian government’s approval to invest Rs 10,500 crore for its retail stores, IKEA plans to open 25 stores across India. They will also localise their food offerings.
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The first retail outlet of #IKEA in #India opens its doors tomorrow at 10 AM. The 4,00,000 sq. ft #Hyderabad store is jawdropping. From cheap corkboard tables to top of the line modular kitchen units with 10 years warranty, @ikea.india covers the entire gamut of furniture and furnishing. I was invited to a media preview where I had the opportunity to experience the in-house dining options. The 1000 seater restaurant is the largest in Hyderabad and may be even in the country. On offer is a mix of local (Biryani, Dal Makhni) and global (Meatball, Smoked Salmon) favourites. And everything is supremely affordable. They also have a cafe near checkout that's offering Samosa, Puffs, and FroYo cones for only Rs. 10. Quick Review: – Loved the #SmokedSalmon (Rs. 349) – #SalmonFillet was overcooked (Rs. 399) – #BakedCheesecake is really good for the price (Rs. 160) – Like the Sparkling Pear (Unlimited cold beverages for Rs 50). – #ChickenMeatballs were surprisingly good considering they are Chicken (Rs. 149). #Meatballs deserve redmeat #hyderabad #hydfoodguy #foodporn#foodpic
The store manager of the Indian outlet said, “Hyderabad is a foodie city and we will absolutely have biryanis, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. We respect the faith in India and our meatballs have pork and beef so we won’t bring that to India.”
For just Rs. 149, hungry shoppers will get to sink their teeth into chicken meatballs, while a plate of biryani will be available for just Rs. 99. IKEA will also serve combos of coffee or tea with cinnamon buns for just Rs. 70, while customers with IKEA’s family card will get the combo at a discounted rate of just Rs. 50, according to its official website.
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