Ovolo Hotels Goes Vegetarian for a Year

The contemporary design-led brand says it was inspired to act because of climate change.

Murtabak bread and fable shawarma at Za Za Ta in Ovolo The Valley, Brisbane. (Photo: Ovolo Group)

Coinciding with October 1, World Vegetarian Day, Ovolo Hotels has just launched an ambitious initiative called “Year of the Veg,” a group-wide commitment to go meat-free across its restaurants, bars, and room service menus for the next 12 months. Guests who dine at any of Ovolo’s eight properties during that period will be served nutritious plant-based cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced produce.

In a statement, Ovolo Group’s founder and CEO Girish Jhunjhnuwala said, “We want to be conscious about what we’re consuming and practice sustainability as much as we can, because we believe this can have an enormous impact on the environment and humanity at large. To that end, we’re evolving our food offerings so that our guests can continue enjoying great dining experiences in a more sustainable manner.”

Sustainability-minded gourmands in Hong Kong can look forward to gourmet food and cocktails that promise a reduced carbon footprint. Following in the footsteps of Ovolo Central’s Veda, the first vegetarian hotel restaurant in town, all-day dining venue Komune at Ovolo Southside will no longer feature meat on its menus, and the property will launch a brand-new vegetarian restaurant concept in the coming months.

Corn kichdi and mushroom curry at Veda in Ovolo Central, Hong Kong. (Photo: Ovolo Group)

Over in Sydney, Ovolo Woolloomooloo’s Alibi Bar & Kitchen—whose menu was created by American celebrity chef Matthew Kenney—set a new local benchmark for vegan fare when it opened two years ago as the first plant-based hotel restaurant in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Percy, the Mediterranean wine bar at sister property Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, is also joining the plant-based movement, and elsewhere in Australia, new all-vegetarian menus have been introduced at Monster Kitchen & Bar (Ovolo Nishi, Canberra) and Za Za Ta (Ovolo The Valley, Brisbane).

“Year of the Veg” is the latest in a string of eco-friendly initiatives rolled out at Ovolo Hotels over the last year. The hospitality group no longer provides plastic straws and has swapped out single-use bathroom amenities made of plastic for more sustainable alternatives; reusable woven bags now take the place of disposable slippers.

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