Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Sugary Breakfast for a Meal out? It May Just Bowl You Over. ; Latest Quirky Food Craze to Hit the City Is a Place Where You Can Tuck in to a Milk-Soaked Dish of Cereals from around the World

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Sugary Breakfast for a Meal out? It May Just Bowl You Over. ; Latest Quirky Food Craze to Hit the City Is a Place Where You Can Tuck in to a Milk-Soaked Dish of Cereals from around the World

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H, yes. A cereal cafe.

AHipster nonsense that belongs in London, right? Well, that's kind of what I thought before I turned up. At best, I was... cynical. Maybe it's because I'm (well) over 30.

Where is it? In Afflecks (in the former Arcade side) in the Northern Quarter, a melting pot of some of the city's quirkiest folk, interested locals and curious tourists. The cafe itself is smaller than you might think, hanging off the end of the main shopping bit and near the stairs to Oldham Street.

What's the vibe? Specially converted student bedroom meets the morning after a party at that bloke you sort of half-know's house.

So what's on the menu? A bowl of Frosties for a tenner? Not quite. Apparently, there are 22,000 combinations of things to choose from such is the dizzying - and frankly overwhelming - array of cereal, biscuits, toppings and milks. We had the 'superbowl': any combination of three cereals, three toppings and a sauce for Pounds 6.50.

I went for a combo of biscuits, party rings and Toast Crunch ("It's a French cereal," pointed out our server, with the same conviction as is he were dishing up foie gras); and my companion has, well, it was hard to tell.

Everything was made of chocolate, with a few Oreo biscuits thrown in and covered in salted caramel sauce. They cost Pounds 6. …

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