Located in Sydney’s Ovolo Hotel, Alibi Bar & Dining will relaunch in late January, with a new plant-based offering spearheaded by one of the country’s most celebrated chefs.

Shannon Martinez, the culinary force behind Melbourne’s acclaimed Smith & Daughters and Lona Misa, will lead the evolution of Alibi, together with mixologist Andrea Gualdi.

The relaunch will include the introduction of a new plant-based Mediterranean-inspired menu that will be overseen by executive chef, Jiwon Do, as well as a newly refurbished ‘indoor alfresco’ dining room.

Shannon Martinez

Martinez said “I’m thrilled to be part of Alibi’s new direction. This will be my first project in Sydney, and I look forward to bringing a taste of plant-based Latin cuisine to the bay side and giving Sydneysiders their own version of Smith & Daughters. I love working with Ovolo; our venture in Melbourne, Lona Misa, holds an extremely special place in my heart and I’m super excited to be able to continue this relationship in a new part of the country.”

Ovolo’s creative beverage director, mixologist Andrea Gualdi, has compiled a sustainable drinks menu that is inspired by the Mediterranean style of drinking and pays homage to Mediterranean G&Ts, spritzes, high tea cocktails, zero proof options and beers. The wine list will be sourced from smaller Australian producers using Mediterranean varieties, with around 30 percent of the list vegan-friendly.

Earlier this year, Ovolo Hotels became the first hotel brand globally to commit to a vegetarian-led food offering.

“It’s been a strategic move, but Ovolo prides itself on being an industry leader. We believe that the world changes, therefore we continue to evolve – we want to ensure we are doing our bit to help preserve our environment, promote healthy eating and enhance the image of amazing vegetarian and plant-based dining,” Ovolo Group’s founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala, said at the time.

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