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.
Head Chef Stefano’s culinary career began early on, born in Italy he was inspired by his Italian parents and their love and respect for quality and tradition. He started cooking at the age of 15. Stefano worked his way up in Italy from pubs to fine dining and Michelin starred restaurants including the restaurant at Palazzo Pertrucci.
After completing his apprentice in Italy, Stefano moved to England where he worked in Michelin starred Italian and French restaurants for 3 years including L’Escargot, Acquavite & Belmond Le Manoir.
After moving to Australia he started working for Jonathan at Coast Restaurant 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 and week and serving lunch from Friday- Sunday, The Apollo also has rightly claimed its place in the Sydney dining scene and in the hearts of Potts Point locals.
The Apollo Sydney expanded in 2014 with the opening of Cho Cho San, an Izakaya re-imagined for the Sydney market, nearby in Potts Point (www.chochosan.com.au).
In April 2016, we opened The Apollo in Ginza, Tokyo(http://theapollo.jp/) in partnership with Transit General Office.
In December 2018, we opened Greca, a contemporary Greek Taverna located underneath the Story Bridge in Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves (www.greca.com.au).
The upbeat and attentive style of service is pacey, lending an informality to the overall mood at The Apollo.
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.