The Apollo Sydney has fast become a Sydney dining institution, praised for its rustic yet refined approach to Greek cuisine.
Started by Jonathan Barthelmess and Sam Christie in 2012, The Apollo shows a verve and culinary muscle that sculpts the traditions of Greek food to a polished modern standard.
The elegant restaurant full of Mediterranean spirit, lends itself to groups enjoying the pleasures of the shared table, or to couples dining at the horseshoe-shaped marble bar.
The international and eclectic wine list gives a nod to Greek grape varieties and ouzo, while favouring lush and textural examples in each category.
Driven by seasonality and a commitment to provenance, the kitchen has embedded signature dishes while also innovating new and exciting dishes every season since it opened.
Born in Italy, head chef Stefano Marano’s culinary career was inspired by his parents’ love and respect for quality and tradition. Stefano started cooking at the age of 15, working his way up from pubs to fine dining and Michelin-starred restaurants, including the Palazzo Pertrucci Ristorante.
After completing his apprenticeship in Italy, Stefano moved to England where he worked in Michelin-starred Italian and French restaurants for three years, including L’Escargot, Acquavite & Belmond Le Manoir.
Stefano started working for Jonathan Barthelmess at Coast Restaurant after moving to Australia, following him to Manly Pavilion as Sous Chef. In 2012, he was given the opportunity to open The Apollo restaurant as senior sous chef, where he is now the head chef.
Open seven nights a week and serving lunch from Friday- Sunday, The Apollo has rightly claimed its place in the Sydney dining scene and in the hearts of Potts Point locals.
The Apollo expanded in 2014 with the opening of Cho Cho San nearby in Potts Point, an Izakaya reimagined for the Sydney market.
In April 2016, The Apollo Ginza opened in Tokyo, in partnership with Transit General Office.
The upbeat and attentive style of service is pacey, lending an informality to the overall mood at The Apollo.
Described by leading food critic Terry Durack as “a great neighbourhood Greek taverna sent by the gods to Sydney”
The Apollo is a not-to-be-missed eating spot for first time visitors to Sydney.