Mrs Woog Reviews – Costco Food Court.

When you think of Ikea, you might think about a few things. Like fighting with your husband, giant ball pits or how the devil are you going to assemble a PAX UGGDAL GLOCKENSPIEL. You might even think about Swedish Meatballs that you can buy at the end of your visit.

Well move over Ikea, there is a new player in town that has very cheap food available for your consideration after you have filled your trolley with unusual things.

Costco.

Having departed with a largest amount of money for discounted bog roll, you are met with a canteen style eatery that could only be described as industrial. That being because it is actually in a warehouse. The floors are an uninviting dull grey concrete and the walls are flanked with either massive trolleys or pull down garage door type doors. To order, you join the large crowd that has no order or reason to it.

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You wait for about 17 minutes and move half a metre.

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And finally after half an hour your are almost at the top of the line but you are determined to stay in that line for the sake of actually having something to review for your blog because it seemed like a very good idea at the time.

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As you still continue to wait, you congratulate yourself on excellent tampon purchasing. If anyone needs any, I have heaps. I also have a bucket of vegemite and loads of sponges with scourers on one side.

Finally you get second to the front and watch as two mates start talking to each other about what they should order, while the server looks at her watch, timing it to see how long it will be until her shift ends and she can get the hell out of dodge. Eventually they settle on the $1.99 Hotdog (note… made with ALL PORK) and the soft drink. I am refusing to call it soda. That is just dumb.

I selected a slice of BBQ pizza and a soft drink. (with refills which it comes with anyway but thought it was worth a mention.)

Now, with food priced that cheap, you cannot wonder just how good the quality control and systems Costco have in place, to make sure no one stands up in the food eating area, clutches their guts and keels over. But previous research indicated that there was only ever a 14% mark up on items, so that is how it is all so cheap. But does it taste good?

Presentation **

Ambiance *

Value *****

Taste *

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At first I thought it was quite good and that was because I was ravenous. But as I continued to make my way though that slice, there were a few things that bothered me. First up, this gal likes a thin, crispy base and this base was like a focaccia from the 90’s. The chicken was very sparse and the BBQ sauce to surface ratio is was way off. About halfway through, I chucked in the towel. It was washed down with a Pepsi Max because they had no Diet Coke, which was quite pleasant truth be told.

Total Score 9 out of 20.

Auburn Costco

17-21 Parramatta Rd
Lidcombe, NSW 2141
Phone: (02) 8756 4600

This restaurant does not take bookings. This meal was independently paid for.

Has anyone actually ever eaten the Ikea Meatballs?