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We cooked up a Scandi feast at the IKEA pop-up restaurant in Shoreditch

By Time Out in association with IKEA

Remember when we told you that IKEA was opening a DIY pop-up restaurant? Well, The Dining Club is now open and ready for you to cook up a Swedish-inspired feast with your pals. The pop-up has been so popular that it's already completely booked up – but don't panic, there's still a way you can nab yourself a slot. We've got an exclusive competition where you can win tickets to host your own swanky dinner party at the pop-up restaurant. It closes at 11.45pm on September 21 so you'll need to be quick if you want to be in with a chance of rolling up your sleeves and getting into that kitchen. 

But if you're lucky enough to win, what can you expect from the experience? We went to check it out for ourselves, and cooked up a seriously tasty Scandi brunch, which included scrambled eggs, bacon, pastries, strawberry smoothies, smoked salmon wraps, cold-smoked salmon, hot-smoked salmon. Seriously, we've never seen so much salmon – we're still salivating over it now.

As well as stuffing our faces, we also mastered some new kitchen skills under the watchful eye of our designated professional sous chef for the day. He taught us how to chop like a pro, make perfect scrambled eggs – best of all – he showed us how to use a smoking gun (not a weapon, but a very fancy kitchen gadget) to create our very own cold-smoked salmon. The whole process looked super impressive and, most importantly, tasted damn good.

Rob Greig

If you're salivating at the thought of all that food but don't fancy getting your hands dirty, you can also get your fix of Scandi fare at the café, where they're serving up pulled-salmon rolls, smorgasbords and those all-important Swedish meatballs.

They're also hosting drop-in workshops so that you can feed your brain as well as your stomach, with sessions on food waste, Swedish cuisine, and a masterclass with 2010’s 'Great British Bake Off' winner Edd Kimber. 

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