A new Medditerian restaurant in Brooklyn? I’m there! Bushwick now has its very own cafe-by-day-restaurant-by-night in Apollonia. What intrigued me first about this new spot was the wine list: all Mediterraint coastal wines. I was even able to find one from Epirus! It had a bright, citrus effervescent taste. Various wines can be ordered by the glass, carafe, or bottle.
As the menu is a collection of small and slightly larger plates, family-style is the way to go here. The friendly waitstaff are well-versed here, they will help you course everything out. We started with the octopus, which was cooked to soft perfection and served with large beans. The whipped feta with paprika is also not to be missed.
The fried cauliflower with aoili was everything you could want, technically a vegetable but lightly fried to perfection. Our only misstep of the evening was the zucchini fritters. They were just okay, especially compared to the fried cauliflower. We didn’t really need two fried dishes.
The largest plate of the evening was the cast iron Greek chicken. It might not look like much, but this chicken was cooked to perfection with a side of tahini-esque dip. You really can’t order a Greek chicken without a side of crisp, lemony potatoes.
For dessert, we split the olive oil cake and pistachio semifreddo. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think I would have to lean towards the semifreddo (really, just order both, it’s fine). Apollonia is a great new spot in Brooklyn. The light, airy atmosphere and delicious food make it great for a casual night out or a special occasion.