Known for bringing traditional Hellenic feasting into the now, Jonathan Barthelmess gave the Greek taverna a swanky update with The Apollo Restaurant in Sydney. Hearty comfort classics like yemistes, spanakopita, and galaktoboureko were reworked and refined to sit alongside more contemporary dishes championing the wonders of the Mediterranean flavour wheel. As avid fans of Greek food in all forms, we frothed it, and we’re frothing harder still now that Barthelmess has announced his plans to bring tavern 2.0 to Brisbane with Greca.
Taking over a spot in the heritage listed Howard Smith Wharves beneath the Story Bridge, Greca will feature a shareable menu championing the simplicity of traditional Greek flavours. Respect for the old school extends to the kitchen itself as Greca plans to use old school cooking methods in the open kitchen, relying on a hectic fire pit and stone ovens to prepare their feasts. Naturally, given the adoration for The Apollo, Greca’s menu will include some spruced-up OG Apollo dishes.
As for the digs, expect a Spartan vision in Mediterranean whites and polished concrete, as well as some open-air dining to make the most of the river views.
Greca promises to be open for exclusive use events just in time for Christmas party season this December, so get on the blower and secure a night at the table of glory. In the meantime, keep tabs on Greca’s social for all updates in real time.
What: Greca Restaurant
Where: Howard Smith Wharf Precinct
When: November 2018