The Cereal Killer Café was first opened on London’s Brick Lane by Irish twins Gary and Alan Keery. The establishment, which sells over 120 cereals, along with a selection of milk and toppings, has since opened up a second branch in Camden and a further branch in Shoreditch.
I have to admit when the Cereal Killer Cafe chain first opened I was quick to add to the criticism, ‘what kind of muppet pays £5 for a bowl of cereal?, I ranted. Well, today that muppet was me and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Visited: September 2017
The sense of nostalgia
The vast choice of breakfast combinations
There’s no toilet at the venue itself, although there is a public one not too far away
Review: Arriving at the Cereal Killer Cafe I was first struck by the sheer volume of choices of cereal. Row upon row of cereals, ones I was intrigued of and had never heard of, ones I hadn’t seen in years, familiar like old friends, and some that you see every day in the supermarket.
The choice is overwhelmingly vast. You need to select your cereal, the size, the milk flavour (chocolate or banana as well as bogstandard milk). Then you can choose a topping (banana, marshmallows, nuts, biscuits) the combinations are endless. Thankfully, the menu also features some suggested cereal ‘cocktails’, some preset combinations that work well together.
I’d always been curious to try the toffee crisp cereal but never enough to warrant buying a pack, but now, presented with a sugary array of breakfast choices, I opted for a cereal cocktail with toffee crisp cereal in it – the Sticky Monkey. The chocolate cereal is topped with banana milk, squirty cream, sliced banana and crushed digestive. Essentially it’s a banana split lying unapologetically on top of a bowl of chocolate cereal. I paid and was given a Disney VHS cover as a table number, I was already hooked.
I went inside to take a seat and was whacked around the face with a bucket load of nostalgia. Single beds provide a seating option and are covered with children’s duvet covers from the eighties.
The room is divided by a partition of coloured plastic crates adding to the colourful playfulness of the venue.
The walls are plastered with retro cereal memorabilia.
Before I’d had a chance to take it all in, my cereal arrived.
It was less breakfast and more dessert with the high pile of squirty cream and it was drowning in crumbled digestives. The milk being served separately in a miniature milk bottle is a nice touch.
Overall it was really pleasant. The cereal itself wasn’t anything to write home about – reminded me a little of Wheetos – but in combination with the mildly flavoured banana milk and being topped with bananas it was quite nice. The biscuits and squirty cream seemed unnecessary but at the same time essential as the bowl would have been boring without them, although I did leave feeling I’d just started the day with a pudding. This place really is a sugar-lover’s haven.
The whole experience was just fun right down to the last snap, crackle and pop. I’d assumed that the Cereal Killer Cafe was somewhere I’d visit once to try, but I would definitely return firstly for the novelty factor and secondly because there are so many cereal options that I’d like to go back and sample.
Overall Verdict: 9/10
Cost: Cereal prices range from £3-£5 with toppings extra. The cereal cocktails cost around £5.50.
Address: Cereal Killer cafe, Mezz 2, Camden Stable Market, Chalk farm road, London, N16 7UY http://www.cerealkillercafe.co.uk/camden-market/
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