Leave it to Ikea to create a dining experience truly in line with their DIY vibe. The furniture retailer is opening a pop-up restaurant in London from September 10-25 and, being that it's Ikea, you're going to have to cook your own effing food. Why not just stay in and microwave their take-home meatballs? At Ikea's Dining Club, you'll cook swank meals under the supervision of a professional chef. The company noted in a press release; DC-goers will have their "very own sous chef and maître de," as they cook for anywhere from seven to 19 of their friends. Don't freak out; you won't have to put together the tables and chairs, and you won't even need to clean up afterward. Right?!
The experience is meant for both experienced foodies and those living the #MicrowaveLyfe, so don't feel like you need to be a walking Michelin Star to apply for the experience. You can host your own brunch, lunch or dinner and they'll even name your temporary restaurant after you. Pick from a collection of dishes to create your own menu and then take on the kitchen like the iron chef you are.
Admit it. You've probably put together over 7000 pieces from the MALM collection between college and now. If you can handle that, you can cook up whatever that goodness is in their promo video. Am I right or am I right? We're right.
The Dining Club also features an IKEA cafe (aka Meatball Mecca), food-themed workshops and a shop (which you can ghost to if your meal ends up tasting like sadness you feel after the cheap slats break underneath your bed). Did we mention there's also a virtual reality kitchen? If you're serious about trying all of this out, there are only 38 spots available to do so. In other words, save the money you were about to spend on that HJÄLMAREN wall shelf (actual name) and put it towards a ticket to London.