Watching the excellent Progressive Rock Top 10 on the telly the other night got me thinking that, if The Fat Duck were a record, it would be Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson Lake and Palmer i.e. the celebration of technique as an end in itself, self indulgent and difficult to stomach.
Whereas The Square would be Aja by Steely Dan, the combination of talent, intelligence and wit applied to a classically based technique to produce a thing of style and elegance that bears repeated visits.
So if your favourite restaurants were records, what would they be. Or even, if your favourite records were restaurants what would they be (first one with a decent suggestion for the first Sex Pistols album wins....my eternal respect and admiration)