Plant based restaurateur Matthew Kenney will open Australia’s first vegan hotel restaurant in Sydney next month. The Ovolo Hotel will play host to Alibi, a casual lounge-style restaurant and bar, and the only hotel venue in Australia to serve a 100% plant based menu.
Ovolo Hotels says the decision to open a plant based restaurant aligns with a growing shift towards veganism in Australia. CEO Girish Jhunjhnuwala says Wooloomooloo Wharf is the perfect market for new ventures in vegan dining.
“We have listened to the market and know healthy eating is a priority, so we made the decision to partner with Matthew to develop a new plant based concept not yet seen in an Australian hotel restaurant”, Mr Jhunjhnuwala said.
Kenney is renowned in the US for making plant based recipes versatile and achievable. His culinary empire already encompasses several plant based restaurants throughout America, along with a vegan cooking academy in Thailand.
“[Sydney is] seen as a leader in wellbeing and lifestyle, and Ovolo came to me with the opportunity at the right time”, Mr Kenney recently told Broadsheet Media. Kenney will work closely with Ovolo Hotels executive chef Kasper Christensen to develop vegan room service items, along with plant based breakfast and lunch options.
The menu will also include a comprehensive cocktail range, and accompanying wine list, with a focus on local Australian producers. Alibi is expected to launch in late March, accompanying other vegan destinations within Sydney’s culinary scene, including Verd, The Green Lion and Gathered Kitchen.