There's not a man on my Ottoman,
there hasn't been one for weeks.
There's not a man on my Ottoman,
He's gone off to fight the Greeks...

(Victorian nonsense proverb)

Like coffee? Like sweet, Yemeni treats and pastries? Then direct your camel caravan to Glasgow's newest and most exotic oasis - The Ottoman Coffeehouse.

The magnificent interior of the new Ottoman Coffeehouse (Glasgow Live)The Byzantine Smoke Room of John Anderson's Royal Polytechnic Warehouse, in Argyle Street, in 1915 (Postcard)Egypt - one of the surviving decorative lunettes from the room (wolffchronicles.com )

Hidden behind the facade of the former Glasgow Society for Musicians, which recently served as the Shah Noor Indian restaurant, at 73 Berkeley Street, behind the Mitchell Library, the venue opens its doors tomorrow.

At first glance, it reminded me of this vanished Glasgow treasure; behold the Byzantine Smoking Room of John Anderson's Royal Polytechnic Warehouse, in Argyle Street; Glasgow's first big department store.

Described as 'A restful den for businessmen', it was swept away when the Lewis's store was built (and explains why many older Glaswegians used to refer to Lewis's as 'the Poly').

Thankfully, at least one of the decorated lunettes from the smoking room - Egypt - survives (although, where it survives, I know not).