What in the world is this place??
Cereal Killer Cafe is one of the weirdest places I’ve ever been to. Ever. But weird in a good way.
Cereal Killer Cafe is a restaurant on Brick Lane in the Whitechapel district of London. Restaurant is kind of a lofty term for what CKC is though. The whole place is 90’s breakfast cereal themed.
Uh…tell me more?
Everything in this place is built for maximum nostalgia. If you were a child in the 90’s, this cafe is about to come for that nostalgia button and flog it to death.
In fact, it’s so 90’s themed, that the way my colleague and I found it was when we looked across to the other side of Brick Lane and wondered what the place covered in VHS tapes could have possibly been.
Just looking at the menu, we got a pretty big clue what we were in for:
My coworker and I decided to get different menu items so that we could spread out across this menu as best we could. I opted for the corn flake crusted grilled cheese. They went for the fruity pebble fried chicken.
But how’s the food?
That depends entirely on what you get. I got the grilled cheese.
It came with a side of pizza sauce, and buddy let me tell you…this was a delicious grilled cheese sandwich. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was, but not only was it way more delicious than I thought it would be, I was also inspired to consider changing the way I make my own grilled cheese at home. I haven’t done it yet, but this was very good.
The fruity pebble fried chicken on the other hand was a little less good. And it was almost entirely because of this->
Upon ordering the fried chicken, my coworker was given an option of sauces. They opted for whatever this was called. It looked, smelled and tasted like children’s toothpaste. It was an affront to good taste, and was not appreciated among the two of us. But we did get a good story out of it.
Imagine you’re a kid in the 90’s, and someone with money comes to you and says, “hey kid, I’m going to build a restaurant, and I need your help. Tell me everything you want in a restaurant in detail, and I’ll build exactly that.”
Well, you might want, like a stack of milk crates with TVs in it playing your favorite cartoons. Done.
You want all your favorite hard-to-get cereals proudly displayed in a custom display case with a custom wall light. Donezo, big guy.
Why stop there? You want your bed with authentic space jam sheets to be used instead of seats so you can take a nap right after you eat a 1000 calorie grilled cheese. Fuckin’ A right you do, little buddy. You got it.
In so many ways, Cereal Killer cafe is like a dream come true. But not all those childhood dreams are as good as an adult as they sounded when you were a kid.
Would I go again? Heck yeah, I would. I don’t think I’d go by myself because this place is really meant to be enjoyed with other people, preferably people who haven’t experienced it yet. If you happen to see one, give it a try and see what you think. The worst thing that can happen is you get a good story.