S. Irene Virbila is absolutely gaga over the new chef at Ammo, even calling Julia Wolfson's cuisine "the closest thing to Chez Panisse cafe fare in these parts." High praise indeed. Just make sure she's in the kitchen:
The kitchen seemed to be on a roll my first couple of visits, but on my last, the cooking was so different -- salads overdressed, meat undercooked and everything just not as polished -- that I'm thinking maybe I'd been unlucky enough to come in on a night when the chef was off. When a restaurant is open seven nights a week, obviously that's going to happen sooner or later, so it's worth a call before you go.?when they'll tell you she's "always in the kitchen." Everything about the Hollywood mainstay sounds just about the same---manager Benny still working the room, decent wines, a secret hideaway for celebs and rock stars---just with a new chef at the stoves. Ammo gets a strong two-and-a-half stars. Today the "S." stands for "swept off her feet." [LAT]
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