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Australia's First Hotel Restaurant Serving a 100 Per Cent Plant-Based Menu

Australia's First Hotel Restaurant Serving a 100 Per Cent Plant-Based Menu

Renowned US chef, restaurateur and plant-based food pioneer Matthew Kenney is opening his first Australia restaurant, Alibi, in the Ovolo Hotel at Woolloomooloo Wharf in March.

The casual lounge-style restaurant and bar will take over most of the ground floor of the hotel and will be the only hotel in Australia to serve a 100 per cent plant-based menu.

Kenney, who is from Southern California, has some serious vegan and raw-food credentials and has been instrumental in making plant-based cooking and entertainment approachable in the US. He oversees an empire that includes restaurants in several American cities; runs a raw and vegan culinary academy and a retreat in Thailand; and has written more than 10 cookbooks.

The Ovolo group says the decision to open a restaurant that serves only plant-based food is in keeping with a growing trend for eating vegan. It believes Sydney is a perfect example considering (fairly) recent openings such as Verd, The Green Lion and Gathered Kitchen.

"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," says Ovolo Hotels' founder and CEO Girish Jhunjhnuwala.

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