A Valentine for cynics, love Ammo [Updated]
There's one restaurant in town that won't be jumping on the saccharine-sweet Valentine's Day bandwagon ... not exactly, anyway. An announcement from Ammo, run by Dan Mattern and Roxana Jullapat, who are a couple, say their Sunday dinner this weekend is "Valentine's Day for cynical people."
Let's be clear: This is NOT for romantics.
If this Sunday night you find yourself looking for a romantic spot to bring your honey, please stay away from AMMO, because this Sunday we have every intention to dwell in V-Day cynicism and cook from the gut rather than from the heart. That's right, we are declaring ourselves true, unapologetic and even proud Valentine's Day haters. The stove will run to full blast, the wood will burn hotter, pans will flip higher and an overall atmosphere of disapproval for this Hallmark holiday will prevail. But don't get us wrong, food that comes from such a primal place will be every bit as delicious as any other Sunday Roast at AMMO can be.
Are we bitter? You bet cha! As far as we're concerned romance is dead and only leads to disappointment. Still, this Sunday come relish with us in our anti Valentine's sentiment and have a terrific, bold and gutsy Sunday Roast.
So is there trouble in paradise? An Ammo spokesperson insists not. "They had fun putting [it] together as a team; they're just a bit anti-establishment."
And, oh yes, for you traditional romantics, they note that a "sweet, intimate and very romantic Valentine's Day prix fixe menu will be available on Feb. 14."
[Corrected at 6:12 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said Dan Mattern and Roxana Jullapat are married. They are a couple but are not married.]
-- Russ Parsons
Photo: Roxana Jullapat and Dan Mattern. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chu / Los Angeles Times