The Apollo Restaurant:
44 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW 2011
(02) 8354 0888 or www.theapollo.com.au
Launching on Macleay Street, Potts Point, The Apollo is the first venture of Jonathan Barthelmess (Coast, Manly Pavilion) in partnership with Longrain’s Sam Christie. This Australian Greek restaurant draws on their shared heritage and professional success, with a keen eye for detail and the flavours of the Mediterranean. Simplicity, freshness and an absence of pretension are the essential ingredients of The Apollo’s promise.
The architect responsible for the fitout is George Livissianis. He’s known Jonathan since they were kids. He’s created something that’s beautiful in much the same way the Greek landscape is: a kind of dusty, engagingly simple setting with some cool touches. There’s honest, rough concrete, but there’s also granite, a little brass detailing and the subtle shock of colour.
The elegantly minimalist refurbishment includes both banquette and outdoor seating, and a chef’s table sitting adjacent to the kitchen — not unlike the family dining table, as a transition between dining room, kitchen and pantry.