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Ikea/
Minami-Funabashi:
Swedish
₯047-436-1111
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Swedish megastore
Ikea has arrived in
Chiba Prefecture,
and their in-store
restaurant is a
great place for an
authentic, inexpen-
sive Swedish meal.
It's not Swedish
haute cuisine (the
closest to that
might be Allt Gott
in Kichijoji), but
the food is much
better than the
cafeteria setup
might lead you to
expect, and it's
excellent value for
money. And with a
location just across
the street from JR
Minami-Funabashi
station, it's a
convenient place to
stop off on your way
to Tokyo from Maku-
hari Messe, or if
you're shopping at
the nearby LaLaport
mall.

Ikea's restaurant-
cafe area is mas-
sive, meant to han-
dle the weekend
hordes, and it can
be pleasantly un-
crowded on weekdays.
The menu is small,
focusing on popular
dishes like the
tasty Swedish meat-
balls - 5, 10, or 15
to the plate -
served with boiled
potatoes, tart lin-
gonberry jam and a
thick, beefy gravy.
The baked salmon
filet in dill sauce
(Y695) is also quite
delectable, and
there's plenty more
Scandinavian seafood
in the starter sec-
tion - smoked sal-
mon, a very appetiz-
ing crayfish and
salmon pate, and an
open-face shrimp and
egg sandwich (Y395)
that makes a nice
mid-afternoon snack
on its own.

If you just want a
coffee break,
there's a good se-
lection of Swedish
pastries and des-
serts (the almond
cake is recom-
mended), and indeed
half the restaurant
area is a casual
cafe-style space,
with some sofas and
comfy chairs. Wine
(Y300/glass) and
beer are available.
You can even use
your JR Suica card
to pay.

Most of the restau-
rant menu is sold in
frozen form down-
stairs in the Swed-
ish food section
next to the exit.
You can also stock
up on Swedish
breads, jams and
preserves, cookies
and chocolates,
elderflower and
lingonberry drinks,
many different her-
rings and lots of
lox. Pretty much
everything you need
for a Swedish picnic
or a quick meal at
home. Aquavit (Scan-
dinavian herb-fla-
vored schnapps)
makes a nice match
for all the seafood,
and Ikea sells an
interesting variety
pack of 10 airplane-
size bottles for
Y1295, as well as
larger-size bottles.

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Funabashi, Chiba,
Hamacho 2-3-30. 
Open 10am-9pm daily.

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