Alibi Bar and Kitchen at Ovolo Woolloomooloo.

Australia’s first plant-based restaurant is set to open tomorrow (29 March) at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney, fronted by renowned US restaurateur Matthew Kenney.

Alibi, which is Californian chef Kenney’s first venture in Australia, is located on the hotel’s ground floor, offering a solely plant-based menu inside a casual lounge-style bar and restaurant and features lounge and bar dining overlooking the waterfront.

Ovolo Hotels Founder & CEO Girish Jhunjhnuwala recognises the global wellness trend, particularly in Australia, with customers wanting to embrace wellness and the demand for a clean lifestyle and plant-based foods.

“We have listened to the market and know that healthy eating that doesn’t compromise on taste 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,” he said.

A sloe gin, Organic Mezcal, and passionfruit cocktail

Kenney, who has picked up numerous awards while based in the US, including Best New Chef in America by Food and Wine Magazine, added: “I’ve had a long relationship with Australia and the timing was simply right. Australia is seen as a leader in wellbeing and lifestyle and Ovolo came to me with the opportunity at the right time.

“The food scene is so vibrant here – great produce, chefs, sunshine. I’m enjoying exploring the amazing and diverse produce available in Australia.”

Alibi’s signature dishes include Kimchi Dumplings with Sesame and Ginger Foam, Heirloom Tomato and Zucchini Lasagna with Pistachio Pesto and a fun-take on the Roman classic pasta, Cacio e Pepe, with Kelp Noodles and Crispy Olives. Hibiscus Strawberry Cheesecake with Lime Curd, Vanilla Shortbread and a Sorrel Gel plus a deconstructed Tiramisu with Frozen Almond Chantilly rounds off the dessert menu.