Justin and Christine Peters, the husband-and-wife team behind the much-loved West End Deli, had no plans to expand into the city. But when you're given the opportunity to be part of the State Buildings, it’s hard not to feel a little inspired.

Originally, the plan was to open a sandwich bar serving the Deli’s popular baguettes, but after seeing the space in the buildings’ lower levels, the Peters changed their concept. The couple opened the West End Deli Cereal and Sandwich Bar in January 2017, based on cafes such as New York’s Kith Treats, and Cereal Killer, a London eatery that serves more than 100 different cereals from around the world.

The cereal selection (bowls from $5.50) ranges from health-minded options including the house-made granola already served at Carr Street, steel-cut porridge and bircher muesli, to not-so-nutritious combinations of fresh and off-the-shelf ingredients: hello “Fluffy Bunnies”, a sugar-rush of Lucky Charms, malted milk crumble, toasted marshmallows, Milo and white chocolate. A limited amount of on-site seating is available. A variety of milk is available from Bonsoy to rice, almond, strawberry, chocolate and banana.

UberEATS is on board to deliver cereal and coffee for those early morning meetings, with beans supplied by Northbridge Coffee Roasters. The lunch menu offers West End Deli pies, salads and those aforementioned (made-to-order) baguettes such as pork belly with slaw, onion rings and chutney, and crispy prawn with lettuce, pickled carrot, preserved lemon, mint and coriander.

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Updated: April 10th, 2018

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