Take Three: Animal Magic
The Butterfly and the Pig
153 Bath Street, Glasgow
0141 221 7711, www.thebutterflyandthepig.com
The name is a whimsical send up of traditional pub names and matches the gentle, eccentric nature of the place. Decorated like the Mad Hatter’s front room, with chintz sofas, doilies and Welsh dressers bursting with teapots and jam jars, the restaurant offers daily changing menus of simple, seasonal food.
Duck’s at le Marche Noir
14 Eyre Place, New Town, Edinburgh
0131 558 1608, www.ducks.co.uk
Malcolm Duck has been a fixture on the Edinburgh dining scene for nearly two decades, with his New Town restaurant long known for excellent wines and its playful model ducks. New chef Rob Mitchell helped the restaurant secure a Michelin Bib Gourmand this year for his £28 three-course evening menu.
Where the Monkey Sleeps
182 West Regent Street, Glasgow
0141 226 3406, www.monkeysleeps.com
Probably Glasgow’s zaniest sandwich bar, with an epic menu full of amusing monikers celebrating regular customers or management’s love of bands. The ‘man from Iran’ has Tabasco and cayenne pepper warming up a combination of chicken, char-grilled pepper and smoked cheddar. Good coffee and juices too.