“Al Ductoria” (pronounced Dook-tor-ee-ah) was a restaurant once favoured by astrologers. Much to Abu, the chef’s consternation the head waiter, Ezra, by way of a joke, always asked which combustibles one wished to order. Abu did not find this funny, his culinary creations were in his estimation well but never overdone. Then one day, in a fit of choleric irritation he invented the flambeè. (I’ll show you what combust is!!) His legendary “Balsamic Moon Flambeè” was superb. A true inspiration.
Many poems, songs and stories with the title: “East of the Sun. West of the Moon” were inspired by this flambeè. The more prosaic, not given to such flights of fantasy, have written that Ductoria, in honour of this palace of culinary delight and its chef, is something like a combust planet in its own domicile or exaltation and to the right of the Sun.