The Group operates four hotels and three restaurants in Hong Kong and has expanded across Australia with seven hotels and five restaurants. Despite its international success, Ovolo remains an independent family business that puts people at the center of its values.
At the 2019 HM Awards *, Ovolo Hotels were recognized for excellence in hospitality and accommodation by receiving the “Hotel Brand of the Year” award.
Ovolo launches the year of VEG worldwide
The world is changing and mentalities are evolving. Ovolo Hotels announced on World Vegetarian Day in October 2020, that all restaurants and bars in Australia and Hong Kong will go vegetarian for 365 days. The designer hotel collection makes a confident leap to greener grass.
Commenting on the bold initiative, Ovolo Group founder and CEO Girish Jhunjhnuwala says:
“Eating out and enjoying tasty food and wine in good company is one of the simplest pleasures in life. Good times and good intentions are how we grow. We want to be aware of what we are consuming and practice environmental sustainability as best we can, as this leads to a greater impact on humanity, not just on the environment.”
With growing consumer interest and an understanding of the benefits of plant-based and vegetarian cuisine, this change embodies Ovolo’s philosophy of connecting with the desires of its customers. Guests and diners can enjoy cuisine made with fresh and local produce, ethical diet and conscious cuisine. Seasonal cocktails and wines from some of Australia’s most progressive producers will also be on the menu.
Chefs promote local plant-based cuisine
Ovolo is the first hotel group in the world to go vegetarian with the opening of New Zealand’s first ever plant-based hotel and restaurant in 2018. Indeed the Alibi Bar & Kitchen located at Ovolo Woolloomooloo offers vegetarian and plant-based dishes in collaboration with the famous American Chef and pioneer of plant-based cuisine, Matthew Kenney. The Chef brings his philosophy and style to the dishes. A combination of classic and innovative cooking techniques gives local and 100% plant-based ingredients a creative makeover, using molecular, smoking and fermentation techniques.
All dining rooms offer vegetarian menus until October 1, 2021, in line with World Vegetarian Day.
In Canberra, Monster Kitchen & Bar‘s new Executive Chef, Paul Wilson, integrates his previous experiences and techniques to highlight vegetables through a refined menu offering.
In Brisbane, Israeli-born Chef Roy Ner has evolved his menu at ZA ZA TA to celebrate the food of Tel Aviv, recognized as a plant-based capital. Guests are taken on a journey to the Middle East, discovering all the spices, vegetables and textures of the Levantine melting pot.
In Wellington, Chef Courtney Blyde gives Mister Percy a plant-based atmosphere with this Italian vegetarian wine bar, combining the knowledge of traditional Italian cuisine with the best of seasonal produce to serve homemade pasta and antipasti on a daily basis.
Ovolo is committed to ethical and plant-based catering
Guests and diners can enjoy these unique Ovolo kitchen and bar concepts, inspired by fresh and local produce, ethical diet and conscious cuisine. Seasonal cocktails and wines from some of Australia’s most progressive producers will also be offer.
Ovolo Group founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala, comments on this bold initiative:
“We want to be aware of what we are consuming and practice environmental sustainability as best we can, because it has a greater impact on humanity and not just on the environment. “
Constantly looking for ways to further reduce the environmental footprint, this launch is the result of several eco-responsible initiatives already implemented by the hotel collection during the year. This includes a bold move away from single-use bathroom plastics, all fixtures are sustainably designed and use refillable and recyclable pump bottles.
Ovolo was also the first to phase out plastic straws, then to introduce reusable woven bags for slippers and to use biodegradable materials in laundry bags and packaging.
A global commitment from a pioneering hotel group, which focuses on lifestyle and consumption changes.
* The HM Awards aim to recognize hotels and brands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Translated by Malvika Kathpal