Where the Monkey Sleeps

Price guide: Budget

182 Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RU

Price guide: Budget

Where the Monkey Sleeps

By Mike MacEacheran, your Glasgow expert

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#26 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
3.4
3.4
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Foodies, No fuss, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Where the Monkey Sleeps

Underground Glasgow city centre café with a creative passion for sandwiches and rock and roll.

Sound-tracked by a mash up of great rock music, this café is the best sandwich shop in the city. Imagine what would happen if Andy Warhol had been a baker and opened a sandwich shop – the bagels, toasties and classic paninis wouldn’t be half as creative (not to mention good) as they are here. I think the Man from Iran sandwich – roast free range chicken breast, chargrilled peppers, red onion, courgette, smoked cheese, chillies, chilli oil, lime juice, Tabasco, cayenne pepper and a hint of garlic – is a work of understated genius.

Food and drink: 

The sandwiches are handily categorised as medieval, old skool and progressive. The hard-named Stoofa, free range roast chicken breast, mayo, sage, thyme, red onion, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice with bacon and cheddar, is its signature panini but I’m more open to picking up a Dragon Slayer (cream cheese, sliced chillies, chargrilled chorizo, smoked turkey, sundried tomatoes, tabasco, lemon juice, pinch of cayenne) the next time I drop by. The Monkey also serves up as many steak sandwiches as Sly Stallone Rocky sequels.

Recommended dishes: 

It’s sandwich and bagel heaven so go for your life!

Ambience: 

Like a cross between a student union, business exchange and a funky Greenwich Village hang-out, this is a rare sandwich shop with soul.

Service: 

It gets very busy during lunch hour so come before or after the lunch bell rings. Or just be patient and be prepared to wait.

Location: 

On the basement level of West Regent Street in the city centre. Easy to reach.

Price advice: 

If you’re happy paying between £3 and £5 for one of the best sandwiches you’ll ever eat, then look no further.

More information on Where the Monkey Sleeps:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Deli, Takeaway
Food:
British, Snacks, Steak
Address:
182 Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RU
Telephone:
0141 226 3406
Website:
http://www.monkeysleeps.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to Where the Monkey Sleeps? Would you recommended it?