A new Greek-inspired restaurant for Glebe

In ancient Greece, the agora was the gathering place where people would assemble for festivals and other good times in the city.

Glebe now has its own version, with a new restaurant – Ahgora – set to open in the near future.

Co-owners Jan Oravec and Cleo Alysandratos are both very experienced in hospitality: Jan as a chef and Cleo as manager and front-of-house.

“I’ve always loved food and cooking and I like to see people enjoying nice food and socialising,” said Jan. “We’ll be serving our dishes as share plates so everyone gets to taste more of our delicious menu.”

Jan and his brother Marek trained for several years under a highly regarded Michelin star chef in Belgium and Holland. Since arriving in Australia, Jan has mostly worked in private catering and Marek in several fine dining Sydney restaurants including Galileo and Rockpool. Both Jan and Marek will be applying the techniques they’ve learned in their interpretation of a variety of popular Greek-inspired dishes.

“I’ve also helped out at a local cafe and the Haloumi Stack I came up with and cooked as part of the breakfast menu was really popular, and we’d get 100 orders a day,” he said. “It has a fantastic balance of flavours including fresh tomatoes, olive, pesto, Spanish onion, avocado and of course grilled haloumi. We’ll be offering something similar at Ahgora as part of our weekend breakfast menu.”

Other dishes Jan will be serving include fresh kingfish with cucumber jelly and caviar, and a luscious Greek dessert, Kolokythopita – a pumpkin and honey pie made with filo pastry. Jan said the menu will change regularly to match what’s in season.

“Our wine specialist, Peter, has been in the wine industry for 40 years,” said Jan. “He has chosen lots of great wine for us from small boutique vineyards in the Barossa, Hunter Valley and Margaret River to name just a few.”

Jan and Cleo have bought many items of equipment and furniture for Ahgora from Cafeideas. “Cafeideas was recommended to me by a friend in the industry, and they had everything I needed and could get it to me fast,” he said. “Rachel from Cafeideas was very helpful to deal with.”

For Ahgora, Jan bought a char grill BBQ, gas fryer, glass door chiller, split door freezer, jetspray, glasswasher, dishwasher, convection oven, microwave oven, ice machine, gas griddle, undercounter bar freezer, undercounter fridge, glass door under bench chiller and chairs.

“We promise our customers a fantastic experience,” said Jan. “From the fitout and atmosphere to the great food, service and music, everyone will have an amazing time!”

Ahgora is a licensed restaurant located at 94 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. It is expected to open in late January 2014 and it will be open for dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (5.30pm to 10pm), for lunch and dinner on Friday (11.30am to 10pm), and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday (7am to 3pm, and 5.30pm to 10pm).