Then one day we were talking and we discovered the misunderstanding, and had a great laugh about it." Scott is possibly the happiest he's ever been in his life. He is happy to discuss everything over sparkling water and double espresso in Dylan Mc Grath's rocking rooftop bar on Fade Street.

It is another Dylan - Bob - that soon stirs his memory.

He can recall sharing a joint with Bob once upon a time in London. "Good trick question and the answer is, of course, I wouldn't want to hang out with either of them. We would disagree about Christianity, which suited him and not me, and agree about love." He jokes that his soul is "hovering about three foot above me at all times". I discovered that in those days, I tried to make people like me." And now? But then, I would actually have been scared of what people thought of me. But that was my condition then." How did he lose that? Laughing at myself." What wisdom has he learned with age?

He found him engaging, as did Bob him, and they bonded. But if I was stuck on a desert island with those two, and there was no escape, I would rechristen them Gonzo and Bonzo and psyche them out, thoroughly." For the next 90 minutes the words and the stories poured out of Scott. He describes himself as "spiritual" rather than anything remotely religious. "When I was at Findhorn [the spiritual community on the west coast of Scotland], sometimes I would be in groups and use techniques to strip away all the layers of artifice with which we surround ourselves and get to the real core of the person. It wouldn't be pretty but we would get to something." What did he learn about himself in Findhorn? "Live in the moment and trust yourself," says Mike who was born in Edinburgh on December 14, 1958.

Apropos of sharing a joint with Bob Dylan, who would he rather share a hypothetical joint with - Trump or Putin? He says that the one person - living or dead - who he would like at his dream dinner party is C. He told Mojo magazine recently that being a father has brought another aspect to his creativity as a songwriter.

He has a baby son with Megumi and a young daughter from his previous relationship with Irish chanteuse Camille O'Sullivan (who took the photograph in New York of Mike for the cover of the new album.) His daughter will say to him, 'Daddy, another story out of your head' and as such Mike is near permanently, near-blissfully writing songs for her, and doubtless in time his baby son will ask daddy for another story out of his head too.

"Ok, at least in the case of this restaurant, do not judge a book by its cover.

On the outside, and to some extent the inside, the place looks unkept or even vacant.

Wearing the aforesaid hat which he bought in 2014 in Nashville, Mike outlines the fable of magic Megumi: a feminist artist whose work has in many ways challenged Japanese culture's fear (if not hatred) of women's bodies by celebrating the vagina.

This work includes vulva-themed creations (necklaces, i Phone cases, chandeliers, remote control cars), as well as a yellow kayak inspired by an actual 3D scan of Megumi's own vulva.

"I would like to thank the police from the bottom of my heart for this relationship, because it all started when news about my arrest went viral," she tweeted. That's the local town council office in the Setagaya district of Tokyo, where Megumi had lived for some years.

"For my wedding ceremony, I would like to invite the prosecutors who indicted me, as well as the police." After the interview, Mike sends me an email regarding the venue of their wedding. Because of mistranslation, Megumi told me it was Setagaya Post Office.

There is an instrumental song on the new album called Girl In A Kayak, which, explains Mike, is "titled in dedication to my wife Megumi; one of the first photos of whom I saw was of her sailing a kayak".