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THE APOLLO SYDNEY Posted on 14 December 2017.

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Apollo was the ancient Greek god of many things. His portfolio included light, music, poetry, healing and the business of predicting the future. He was the coolest, best- looking god on Olympus, the epitome of control and common sense. He was honest and he understood a good time! Sydney’s Potts Point restaurant is Australian Greek and its name reflects a subtler, more sophisticated approach.  The Apollo is the first venture of Jonathan Barthelmess 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 mythical implications of its name are about quality, innovation and nostalgia. Jonathan has been building a career in restaurants for 20 years, both front-of-house and in the kitchen. At the helm of the kitchen, Jonathan successfully led Manly Pavilion to win best new restaurant in 2011, Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards as well as a prestigious Chef’s Hat. Barthelmess’s grandfather was a chef at former Sydney icon, Pruniers. The family is from the Greek island, Kastellorizo. In past times, Kastellorizo, the easternmost Greek island, was a trade crossroads between Europe, the Middle East and Egypt and over the centuries has inherited all these regional influences. Perhaps growing up with an appreciation of the basics has kept Jonathan Barthelmess grounded. During his time in some of Australia’s best restaurants he’s honoured that simpler tradition while working with new ingredients and techniques. The collaboration with old family friend and business partner Sam Christie has been in the pipeline for years. With a proven record in making other good restaurants work, Christie, himself an Australian Greek, is one of the reasons the iconic Longrain has remained at the forefront of both the Sydney and Melbourne dining scenes.  The Apollo is open for dinner 7 nights a week and serves a long brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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