A hot addition to IKEA's restaurant menu has sparked a heated row with critics calling it 'unauthentic.'

The Swedish furniture company's new Caribbean-inspired dish of jerk chicken and rice and peas has been attacked on social media for using garden peas instead of traditional kidney beans or gungo peas.

An advertising poster shows the meal accompanied with lime wedges and a 'jerk gravy' served on a wooden board.

People have taken to Twitter to criticise the new offering resulting in a spokesman for the company admitting its 'jerk needs work'.

The company's official Twitter account responded to a barrage of complaints saying: "Our jerk needs work!

"We’re sorry if our new jerk chicken dish, served with rice and peas caused any offence. This was not our intention and we appreciate that we may have got it wrong.

"We’ve taken on board your feedback and we are now relooking at the dish."

Outraged critics include @EastLondonBaby who said: " Actually screaming at the thread on this. Garden pea just stop it @IKEA JUST STOP!"

Others made reference to chef Marco Pierre White's ill-fated attempted to make Caribbean rice and peas for a Knorr advert where he too used garden peas.

The advert was quickly withdrawn following a public outcry.

@[email protected] tweeted: " Again? Please. Did Marco Pierre White teach you nothing @IKEAUK ?"


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