Address: 仙台市太白区あすと長町 2-1-1. Located across the street and to the side of Nagamachi JR Train Station. Also easily accessible from the Nagamachi Subway Station.
Today, I got a special sneak-peek inside the brand-spanking new IKEA Store thanks to my friends, Tony, who gave me his “invitation only” Family Day at IKEA ticket, and Yvonne, who works there and provided the ticket.
So IKEA is not a traditional restaurant, but that's what they call it. It's more of a cafeteria, and our two complete meals plus dessert came in at under 2000 yen. I would say that overall, we were both totally satisfied with our meals.
Since I never experienced eating at an IKEA Store, I don't know if this is standard practice there, but I found it interesting that you don't pay for your meal until you are done with it (unlike most cafeteria-style joints). After placing your selected platters on your tray, you proceed to the check out lane. The clerk will give you an itemized receipt, and then you go off to find a place to sit. When you are done with your meal, you take your tray to the disposal area, and then use an automated register to pay for your meal. I had never seen this before.
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