Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Food: Cereal Killer Cafe - Brick Lane

I think most Londoners will be familiar with the Cereal Killer Cafe but outside of our London bubble it's still pretty novel. My "home" home is only 25 minutes away from London but a branch of Zizzi opening there is a Big Deal. I love the diversity of food options in this city, whether it be a Michelin-starred restaurant (rare, these days for me) or a street food stall, when it comes down to it food should be fun and that's exactly what Cereal Killer Cafe is.

Cereal Killer Cafe Brick Lane
Call the sugar police. Novelty cereals from around the world.
The tiny cafe on Brick Lane (there is a Camden Market branch, too) is stocked with more cereal than I have seen before - who knew there were so many varieties? As well as sugar-packed American imports, there are gluten free, vegan and some healthy-ish options too. You can make your own bowl (in a choice of three sizes) with your pick of cereal, milk and topping or chose a "cereal cocktail" from the menu. There are also coffees, milkshakes and, another American favourite, the Poptart. The cafe is packed with cereal-based souvenirs and fitted out with the hipster staple, mis-matched thrift-store furniture.

Cereal Killer Cafe Brick Lane
An Instagram dream.
Cereal Killer Cafe Brick Lane
Milk pouring in action. 
I am a huge cereal fan (my university days were spent dutifully eating Special K for breakfast in the belief that it was super healthy) but these days I rarely eat it and never buy it as I find that I'm always starving a couple of hours later and most cereals are packed with sugar, even if the packing would have you believe otherwise. But, for a weekend breakfast treat an occasional bowl of childish, sugary goodness does no harm - I opted for the "Did I Tell You I Was Vegan" cereal cocktail (Reece's Puffs cereal with Oreo topping - not exactly #eatclean, eh?) with Alpro coconut milk and a soya cappuccino. At £7.40 its not the cheapest breakfast option but the portion was huge and the novelty factor box is well and truly ticked by this place.

The cafe was quiet at 9.30am when I visited but got steadily busier and when I walked past again in the afternoon the queue was huge. It may be a visit-once type of novelty but for days when you just can't Instagram your avocado toast again and want to go back to a time when breakfast took itself a little less cerea-ously then it's just the ticket.

Early mornings on Brick Lane mean you see all of the street art on the shop shutters.
Have you visited any novelty eateries recently?
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6 comments

  1. This is brilliant. I heard about it a while ago (I know, crazy this non-Londoner knows about it hehe). I love the concept and just thinks it's so brilliant and quirky. I'm sadly not a cereal fan at all though. I detested it as a child - the sogginess and coldness of it. Bleurgh. I'm quite stuck in my ways when it comes to breakfast as well (with porridge every day...) however I do love a Poptart as a snack when I'm feeling like a nostalgic treat (to think my parents let me have these for breakfast once upon a time!).

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  2. My mind boggles at just how many cereals there are here!

    Maria xxx

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  3. This really is my idea of heaven! x

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  4. Totally love this idea!!! It's a great concept and some of the cereals I've never even heard of before.

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  5. I've been meaning to go here. It does look pretty amazing.

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  6. Definitely need to visit this place next time I'm in London. So many wild and wonderful cereals I've never heard of before! xx

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