When I was a kid growing up in Kuwait, and the weekends were Thursday/Friday, my favorite thing to do was to wake up super early on a Thursday morning, race to the kitchen and pour myself a nice big bowl of cereal. After that, I’d park myself in front of the TV, spoon in tow to watch my favorite program of 1996: Pee Wee’s Playhouse on Orbit’s Fun Channel. Fast forward to 21 years later, this rarely happens anymore.
Some days, you just want to be seven again. But gone are the days of forgiving metabolisms, Thursday mornings filled with sugar rushes and filling out the mazes on the back of a cereal box. Instead, when you get older, it’s all about balanced diets and drinking coffee in your car on the way to work. However, as we discovered on a nondescript, dreary Monday morning, time travel can be made possible when Cereal Killer Café opened in Kuwait. And coupled with a magical delivery app, we were transported back to our childhood days in a matter of an hour or so.
The Cereal Killer Café menu is surprisingly vast in comparison to its pioneering location in the UK, offering an impressive selection of savory sandwiches! From tandoori chicken wraps to a classic grilled cheese with brioche, an egg sandwich and a turkey ham on toast, we were beyond intrigued. So naturally, into the cart you go!
Cereal Cocktails were aplenty, and the child in each of us was bursting with excitement upon selecting our ideal concoctions. Our resident Cereal Killer Café expert decided to try out her UK go-to, whimsically named “Unicorn Poop” to see if it would deliver the same promise of deliciousness and sugary glee. Another co-worker decided to acknowledge the nod to local culture the franchise had immersed itself into, by ordering the Saffron and Rahash offering. The cereal orders were topped off with the Sticky Monkey, ordered by our most adventurous sampler in the office: known for taste-testing the intricate offerings in most of our Eats In ventures.
I, on the other hand, opted for a yogurt parfait, dubbed “Berries,” leaving my childhood fantasies behind. Still, my order was brimming with nostalgia of a different kind. It satiated my first year of university addiction to yogurt parfaits from the dining hall. So in a way, it still counts!
Once the food arrived, we were super excited. The sandwiches are crafted with respect to classic comfort food and paid great attention to detail toward achieving what its build had promised. Take the Grilled Cheese Club; an ever-so-cheesy grilled cheese on brioche made with both cheddar and Emmental. One bite of this automatically hit the spot in the coziest way possible. And the Smoked Turkey Ham? With its unbeatable infusion of the killer cheese combo, you’ll be glad to know that your favorite sandwich resides in this quirky establishment. But wait, there’s a twist! All the sandwiches came topped off with a helping of cornflakes. We were happy to find that the cornflake touches have been altered to act as crisps to our sandwich options.
As for the cereals? They’re as fun as the menu promises! Each one delivering a sugar-rush with an exciting compilation of flavors, in addition to a Cereal-Killer selected milk to compliment the dish. The raved-about “Unicorn Poop” cereal featured Ricicles, party rings, Marshmallow Fluff and 100’s&1000’s paired with whole milk. And yes, it completely lived up to its UK counterpart.
The Sticky Monkey, featuring toffee crisp cereal, banana, whipped cream and crushed digestive, was complimented with a nice jug of banana milk, and delivered a jungle of flavors that were made to satisfy.
And the grand finale, the cereal to end all cereals, The Saffron and Rahash: a pleasantly surprising local touch to the signature Lion cereal. With coco caramel Shreddies and Rolos, Cereal Killer Café’s addition of chunks of rahash and saffron-infused milk had Kuwait’s local and exciting tastes explode with every bite.
Overall, we loved the experience! While it’s totally worth paying the Cereal Killer Café a visit – even if it’s just to try out their milkshakes! – we definitely had had our fun in the comfort of our office and regret nothing. Eventually reality kicked back in and we returned to our desks, like the adults that we are – but with a bit of a sugar-high.
Cereal Killer Café is located in Kuwait City, on Ahmed Al Jaber Street. Follow them on Instagram @cerealkillercafekw.