Nasi Lemak Is The Star Of Ikea JB, Not Meatballs

An uncomfortable truth: IKEA’s food is just as popular as its furniture.

There are no statistics to prove this, but we’re pretty sure that at any given time, half the people at the Swedish furniture giant are there just for food.

Straight to the cafe!

For many, a must-have at the IKEA restaurant is a wallet-friendly and delicious plate of meatballs.

Then there’s IKEA’s chicken wings.

Remember those lonely months without these?


A Nasi Lemak Fiesta

But this April, the retailer is doing things a little differently, with a timely response to the recent nasi lemak and rendang controversy that has taken the Internet by storm.

In case you missed it, a British Masterchef judge has been flamed for suggesting that rendang should be crispy, after a Malaysian contestant made the dish to accompany nasi lemak.

Banking on the nasi lemak cravings that netizens are having right now, IKEA JB has revealed that April will be a Nasi Lemak Fiesta at its restaurant.

All that nasi lemak

Yup, you heard us right.

Every week, customers will be able to enjoy a different take on the popular dish.

From 2 – 6 Apr, it’s nasi lemak with half a spring chicken (try finding that elsewhere!) for RM11.90 (S$4).

The next week (9 – 13 Apr) is perfect for pescetarians, with nasi lemak and a fish fillet for RM9.90 (S$3.40).

Following that, it’s a chicken cutlet variation at RM9.90 (S$3.40) from 16 – 20 Apr.

Ending the fiesta from 23 – 27 Apr is undoubtedly the star dish: nasi lemak with a whole chicken leg cooked in sambal, going for RM9.90 (S$3.40).


Why you should skip IKEA Singapore’s nasi lemak

Some of you might say that IKEA Singapore, too, has nasi lemak.

And we’re not denying that at all.

But here’s what you get for S$4.50:


Along with the rice, you get an egg, peanuts, cucumbers, sambal, a chicken wing and a sausage.

For that same price, you get half a spring chicken in JB, albeit with half-a-hardboiled egg less.

And we know, getting to JB can be a lot more expensive than heading to IKEA Tampines or Alexandra.

But hey, that’s what family and friends are for; AKA to split costs.

Drive you to JB to eat nasi lemak? Sure, bro

How to get there

Getting to IKEA JB is pretty painless.

It’s a 20-minute drive from the JB checkpoint at the Causeway.

For those taking public transport, hop on SBS Transit’s 170 and alight at JB checkpoint.

From there, walk 5 minutes to the KTMB Muzium, which is next to JB Sentral.

A free shuttle bus runs from the museum to IKEA JB at the following times:


IKEA JB, known officially as IKEA Tebrau, is Swedish retailer’s third-largest store in Malaysia.

We wouldn’t be surprised if IKEA Singapore does something similar and makes May rendang month or something.

That would suit us just fine.


Fingers crossed.

Essential info

IKEA Tebrau is located at 33, Jalan Harmonium 23/13, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

The restaurant is open from 9.30am to 9.30pm on Sundays to Thursdays, and till 10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Featured image from IKEA