Top News Ovolo Hotels eschews meat in favour of sustainable dining By TTG Asia / Posted on 5 October, 2020 14:52 In conjunction with World Vegetarian Day on October 1, Ovolo Hotels has launched the Year of the Veg, becoming the first hotel group to go completely vegetarian across all its restaurants, bars, and food services for an entire year. Inspired to act on climate change and environmental conservation, and in light of more consumers opting for vegetarian cuisine, the hotel group is phasing out meat to focus on creating plant-based cuisine instead. Guests and diners at Ovolo Hotels will now be able to enjoy an array of meat-free meals; murtabak bread with shawarma and traditional pickles dish at Za Za Ta in Ovolo The Valley, Brisbane pictured For Ovolo in Hong Kong, the movement towards vegetarianism began at Veda at Ovolo Central which was Hong Kong’s first vegetarian hotel restaurant. Following suit, Komune, the all-day dining destination at Ovolo Southside, is cutting meat from its menus, and the hotel will soon debut a new fully vegetarian restaurant concept. The movement will extend to Australia, with Ovolo’s Australian locations also going plant-based for the year. Monster Kitchen & Bar (Ovolo Nishi, Canberra), Za Za Ta (Ovolo The Valley, Brisbane), and Mr Percy (Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, Sydney) are also debuting new all-vegetarian menus. They will join Alibi Bar & Kitchen at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, which set the standard as the first 100 per cent plant-based hotel restaurant in Australia and New Zealand. To further the plant-based cause, Ovolo is also revamping its room service menus, allowing guests to enjoy an array of vegetarian dishes in the comfort of their guestroom during this period. 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.” Year of the Veg 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.