Where the Monkey Sleeps

Address: 182 Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RU, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 226 3406

- Budget

3.9

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
4.2
90%
Service
3.4
90%
Food and drink
4.2
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Ambience
4.1
90%
Location
3.9
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • No fuss

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