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Published January 1st 2017
It's all Greek at The Apollo
Walking through the hustle of Kings Cross and Potts Point, it's easy to miss The Apollo sitting quietly on the corner of Macleay Street and Crick Avenue. Inside, though it's a different story, with tall candlesticks and a large marble bar for couples to sit around contrasting with the stripped back industrial looking roof. Couples don't need to book as The Apollo runs an efficient waitlist system based on a first come, first served basis and most likely you'll find yourself sitting at the bar which gives you a great chance to get chatting to the friendly wait staff who can talk you through the restaurant's extensive cocktail and wine list. I start off with an Apollo Spritz (Gin, Citrus, Apple and Tonic) and then move on to a bottle of red wine – both excellent and perfectly suited to the meal.
Taramasalata Mullet Roe Dip
Designed for sharing, the food here is to die for. I start off with the Taramasalata Mullet Roe Dip, whilst my non-fish eating companion opts for the Split Pea Dip. Both dips come with a hearty serve of warm pita and are tangy, flavoursome and I could easily sit here and snack on these all night. Next up is the famous Saganaki cooked in honey oregano and it is even more sublime than its dip predecessors – this is THE dish to get at The Apollo: do not leave without trying it! With one bite I instantly am transported to what must be some sort of cheese heaven as the squeakiness of the halloumi melts into the sweetness of the honey and the savoury herbs. I eagerly await my main thinking that there is absolutely no way that this place will be able to top my entrée.
The lamb shoulder
And then comes the lamb shoulder. Succulent, tender, caramelised around the edges, melting in my mouth and perfectly seasoned, this is equally as good as my extraordinary entrée. I pair the lamb with a simple Greek salad and roasted chat potatoes, which in hindsight is a little too much food for two, but well worth the splurge as the flavours together are beautiful and the tanginess of the salad breaks up the heaviness of the lamb and potato.
All up (drinks included) the evening at The Apollo cost $200 between two of us. We did spend $68 on a bottle of Italian red wine, though so a cheaper evening could definitely be had if the budget is tight. That said, if you do want to splurge the 2014 Veroni Rossa di Toscana Sangiovese on the menu is one of the bartender's favourites and works perfectly with the lamb.
The Apollo is a great find for hearty comfort food, great drinks and a gorgeous atmosphere. The staff are helpful, friendly and know their stuff and for sharing plates of brilliant Greek food you'd be hard pressed to find better in Sydney. Check out The Apollo's website and menu here.