Hostilities commencePosted by: Ashley Birch
Ambulo head chef Tom 'Ronnie' Aronica. Photo credit: India Hobson
Ambulo’s Millenium Gallery restaurant launch their first ‘Hostile Takeover’, late-night opening this evening and we reckon it’s going to be mega
Ambulo chefs Tom Aronica (Ronnie) and Dan Ward are being let off the leash this evening to cook, well whatever they want, as the Millenium gallery hosts its first ‘Hostile Takeover’.
The evening is the first in a series of Thursday evening takeovers at the city-centre site that coincide with the museum’s Thursday late-night opening hours.
Two for one cocktails will be on offer all evening, but the star of the show will undoubtedly be the food, and the good news is it won’t break the bank either. Dishes are priced around £6 or £7 each, or you can get the whole menu for just £25 per person (minimum of two people to be had sharing style).
Ronnie tells us that the kitchen will move away from its daytime café menu to a much more grown-up affair of things they like to eat, which apparently includes the dishes lamb shoulder flat bread with kebab house trimmings, Szechuan short rib done Nashville style with pickled tomato salad and BBQ prawn laksa, which are all available with a side of ‘bastard hot sauce!’
Head chef Ronnie said: “The food will be very informal and pretty much no-holds-barred. We’re basically just going to cook what we fancy. Things could potentially change on the night and we’re going to be very loose with it, it just has to taste great.
“Dan will do his bread each week and then beyond that I’d say to just expect bold flavours and honest cooking.”
Examples of Ambulo's regular menu items. Photo credit: India Hobson
Their aim is to create ‘a really relaxed atmosphere where everyone comes to just hang out and have a laugh with their pals.’
Ronnie added: “It’s hard to explain but basically if it wasn’t us doing it, we’d defo want to go to it. That’s the thing that’s most exciting really. It’s an extension of us and it’s what we love to do. Food, drink, music – they’re our passions.”
Over the last couple of years, Ronnie’s passion has been one of the driving forces behind the success of some of Sheffield’s best-loved and most successful venues, with his influence seen on the menus of Public, Ambulo and The Gatsby.
Photo credit: India Hobson
“On a professional level it’s been a great couple of years” says Ronnie: “I’ve met some amazing people, made great friends and had some top experiences. The main thing though is how good Sheffield is doing. There’s some mega spots to eat and drink now and being a part of it is something I’m really proud of.”
We couldn’t agree more, Ronnie. To check out what Ronnie and the team have in store tonight, get yourselves down from 5 – 9pm. More info and full menu avaialble on Facebook.