All restaurants, bars, and food services at Ovolo Hotels are now completely vegetarian for an entire year.
The hotel group, which has properties in both Hong Kong and Australia, says it decided to phase out meat in favour of plant-based foods because it was inspired to act on climate change and environmental conservation.
“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,” said Ovolo Group’s founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala.
The company says its movement towards vegetarianism began at its restaurant Veda at Ovolo Central in Hong Kong.
“When it opened, Veda was Hong Kong’s first vegetarian hotel restaurant and its delicious, innovative cuisine quickly won fans and accolades, heralding the city’s movement towards healthier, more conscious consumption through plant-based cuisine,” says Ovolo Hotels.
The movement will extend to Australia, with Ovolo’s Australian locations also going plant-based for the year. Monster Kitchen and Bar (Ovolo Nishi, Canberra), Za Za Ta (Ovolo The Valley, Brisbane), and Mr Percy (Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, Sydney) are also debuting all-vegetarian menus to celebrate “Year of the Veg”.
They will join Alibi Bar and Kitchen, at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, which set the standard as the first 100 per cent plant-based hotel restaurant in Australia and New Zealand, says the company.
Ovolo is also revamping its room service menus. The hotel group says guests will be able to enjoy an
“array of tantalising vegetarian dishes” in the comfort of their room.
The “Year of the Veg” initiative is the latest in a series of eco-friendly initiatives that Ovolo Hotels has implemented over the last year. This includes eliminating single-use bathroom amenities made of plastic, replacing plastic straws with environmentally-friendly alternatives, and using reusable woven bags for slippers.
The Ovolo Group operates four hotels and three restaurants in Hong Kong, and seven hotels and five restaurants across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. Ovolo is also developing a new hotel in the South Yarra neighbourhood of Melbourne, Australia.