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 2015, 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.
Tiny jars of creamy Taramasalata served with warm pita bread whet the appetite, while the Saganaki with lemon, honey and oregano brings a homely comfort to the table, as it sizzles in its own wrought iron pan.
Oven baked lamb shoulder, served with lemon and Greek tzatziki is one of the house specialties, along baked Kritharaki and oxtail ragu.
Situated on an understated corner site on Macleay Street Potts Point, the interior by designer George Livisiannis is warm and inviting, punctuated by striking colour. Elegant exposed ceilings, comfortable natural oak Le Corbusier chairs, large distressed concrete pillars and arched windows which frame the view to the street outside all complete the picture.
The marble-topped horseshoe bar at the centre of the dining room provides a great perch for couples, offering a full view of the dining room below and access to the buzzing cocktail bar.
The upbeat and attentive style of service is pacey, lending an informality to the overall mood at The Apollo.
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.
Described by 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.
The Apollo Sydney opened its Japan outpost The Apollo Tokyo in April 2016, in partnership with Transit General Office.