You know how its so easy to fall into the, "Let's go to the same restaurants because at least we know they are good" trap? But having said that, the standard at our regular restaurants do fluctuate too, so sometimes we walk out being disappointed that the food wasn't up to scratch.
Once in a while, I start on my rant of, "Oh Stuttgart is sooo small! There's nothing to do here!" Such that the poor hubby has to deal with his ever-emotional preggy wife and her unending mood swings.
Hence, we've been on the lookout for other restaurants / new experiences in this little city we live in.
While we were in Ikea a few weeks ago, we saw this poster that advertised this Midsummer Swedish Festival with crayfish. It costs 20€ p.p. but this is fully-redeemable by a purchase of more than 100€. Since we needed some new cupboards anyway, we decided to make use of this special promotion and went for a "free" dinner!
It was a pretty cool experience. There was Swedish music, all the staff were dressed in the yellow and blue signature colours of Sweden, cocktail was served at 1€ / drink and we were even served sparkling wine.
Hubby famished after a long hard day at work
Some digestive biscuits as starters - which we didn't even try!
We had to wear party hats (which kept falling off, so I removed mine eventually) and the bibs are to protect our clothing because of the crayfish
The platter of crayfish that we were served. Ikea apparently ordered 1.5 tonnes of crayfish!
Verdict? Its a LOT of work to de-shell the crayfish to get to a meagre amount of meat. But the main drawback was that there was no accompanying sauce! I kept thinking that I should have brought some chilli garlic sauce. **Am I too Singaporean or what?** Still, for the price one pays, one really gets to eat a LOT of crayfish!
Close-up shot of the crayfish
Smoked salmon and cheese platter was on the house.
And so was bread...
And Swedish meat balls and everything else above!
Free-flow of crayfish!
What the restaurant at Ikea looked like
Overall, it was a very fun and relaxing experience! Somewhat like being invited to an adult birthday party with over 100 people. We would certainly like to be part of this again next year, but this time, we would ask wayyy more people along and as I mentioned earlier, I would smuggle in my chilli sauce so that I can savour the taste of crayfish in its full glory!