Where the Monkey Sleeps
A basement café in Glasgow city centre, with album covers and local artists' work decorating the walls, serving up mighty sandwiches and more.
The worst kept secret of Glasgow's urban professionals, Where The Monkey Sleeps has built its reputation on sandwich fillings that are original yet reliable. Lunchtime sees constant queues for takeaway and table service, enjoying the Monkey’s macho air, with its metal-influenced typeface, and aggressive sounding sandwiches – Beefcake, Mr Boland's Cutlass, Iron Monger – but this posturing is softened by relaxed service and perfectly poached eggs. Paninis, bagels, salads, and beans feature (be warned: all the beans are nuclear), with sandwich fillings lovingly created, with combinations that simply don’t exist anywhere else. The Meathammer bagel combines haggis, chorizo, red onion marmalade and cheddar, spicy, salty and sweet in equal measure. The Full Caesar (salad) is piled high with the usual ingredients, plus chicken, bacon and a poached egg. With its subversive charm, lunch at the Monkey feels pleasingly rebellious.
- High point: Imaginative combinations
- Low point: Not a light bite in sight
- Notable dish: Meathammer bagel
- Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Soulful rock
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 15-20
- Open since: 2001
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