The Glasgow Times is on the hunt for the best takeaway lunch spot in the city. We are looking for your recommendations across the city centre, North Glasgow, East End, Southside and West End, and will be judging food based on Value for Money, Taste, Atmosphere, Service and Variety.

In the middle of a busy day, I had just enough time to take a walk near the canal - one of my favourite places in Glasgow - and stop at a true hidden gem of the hospitality industry.

Ocho is located at Speirs Wharf and adopts a delightful nautical theme, a whimsical twist on the location.

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They serve warm breakfast and lunch, coffee, pastries and even alcohol, in case you are looking to have a glass of wine while looking over the city (if you are over 18, of course).

Walking in, I was greeted by a friendly member of staff, who had endless patience for me as I looked over the menu, deciding what I should try.

Encouraged by the cold winds, I was leaning towards a hearty bowl of soup, of which there were several to choose from.

But upon inspecting the menu, my eyes landed on the second page and I ordered a smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber sandwich for £7.50.

I sat down at the tables as I waited. There was plenty of space, as other than me there was only one duo seated enjoying their meal. There was happy music playing, which made the lull even more enjoyable and my order was ready in a little more than 10 minutes.

A second waitress walked over, warm sandwich in hand and a friendly smile on her face as she handed over my lunch, wrapped in brown paper.

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On my way back to the office, I was excited. When I sat down and opened my order, I was delighted. The sandwich was huge and very tasty.

The cream cheese and salmon - a classic combo - were delicious, creamy and perfectly balanced. Instead of cucumber, however, I received leafy greens, which was not a big issue but I thought it was worth noting here.

The bread, neatly cut in half and grilled to perfection, was my favourite part of the experience. It made me wonder if I should return to try the other sandwiches, one was bacon, brie and roasted tomato, and the other was a vegetarian-friendly mushrooms, kale and cheese option.

For an extra £3, there is an option to add a cup of soup, which I was tempted by but ultimately opted to leave. This proved to be a good call, as the sandwich itself was definitely enough to keep me going until dinnertime.

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What's the verdict?

Value for Money: 3/5 – Even though the sandwich was big and very filling, it is questionable whether it was worth the price, especially since it did not come with a side salad or crisps.

Taste: 4/5 – Delicious but I am revoking one point that only the crunchiness of the cucumber would have earned.

Atmosphere: 5/5 – Quiet in terms of customers, which did not bother me. Otherwise decorated very nicely and had funky music playing.

Service: 4/5 – The staff was very helpful and nice. My order arrived quickly and it was neatly packaged, but I would have appreciated a carrier bag to help take the food away.

Variety: 5/5 – They serve breakfast, lunch, alcohol, pastries, soup, vegan and vegetarian options, what more could you ask for?

Overall score: 21/25

Ocho is at 8 Speirs Wharf, Glasgow G4 9TB.


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