Located within the 100-year-old heritage-listed Finger Wharf building in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo, Alibi Bar & Kitchen has fast made a name for itself as the most creative plant-based restaurant in town.
Alibi Bar & Kitchen is part of the Ovolo hotel, a brand known for its signature design, style and personality. It’s a brave move for a hotel to make its entire food and beverage offering plant-based, but one of the goals of Alibi’s creators was to make vegan food that non-vegans will love – and they’ve succeeded.
Whilst staying true to the original features of the building, the styling of the bar and restaurant is fun and energetic, with bright colour schemes, decorative lights, and an abundance of greenery. There are two distinctly different spaces; the casual, bright lounge and bar area and the vibrant more traditional dining area.
Clean eats and dirty treats
The menu at Alibi Bar & Kitchen has been designed by US celebrity chef and restauranteur, Matthew Kenney and executive chef and NSW local, Greg Morely. Kenney has some impressive vegan food credentials.
Between them, Kenney and Morely have combined traditional and innovative cooking techniques to showcase locally sourced plant-based ingredients. Designed to share, the menu at Alibi Kitchen features signature dishes like Kimchi dumplings with sesame and ginger foam, heirloom tomato and zucchini lasagne with pistachio pesto, as well as pumpkin chocolate pie.
If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, head to the bar and check out Alibi’s ‘Dirty Greens’ menu, a dark side to the traditional plant-based dining experience. The team at Alibi have come up with a vegan version of those mouth-watering, late-night greasy treats that we all love. But, unlike a 2am kebab, you won’t regret these dirty-but-clean delights the next day.
Take a seat at the bar, with banging beats in the background, and dig into the Dirty Greens menu which includes the Alibi hotdog, chick’n and waffles with pickles, slaw and maple hot sauce, and jalapeno loaded fries with nacho cheese sauce.
Time for a tipple
As you’d expect from any sustainable venue these days, Alibi Bar & Kitchen has an extensive sustainably-focussed wine list. But it’s their cocktails that you’re really going to want to sample. Using all plant-based ingredients, featuring an abundance of botanicals, fruit and vegetables, the cocktails at Alibi are theatrically made with molecular techniques and taste just as spectacular as they look.
Alibi Bar took home the Best Hotel Bar at the 2019 Australian Hotels Association National Awards For Excellence and Bar of the Year at the Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW 2019 Award for Excellence.
Treat yourself, or someone else
Alibi Kitchen also offers a unique plant-based high tea experience, the perfect gift for the vegan in your life. Following the clean food philosophy Alibi is known for, the high tea combines classical and innovative cooking techniques to give locally sourced plant-based ingredients a creative makeover. There are both sweet and savoury options, including lemon meringue tart with sable, mixed berry cheesecake with strawberry compote, forest mushrooms on toast with wasabi cream, and baby quiche with vegan cream cheese.
You can choose accompanying cocktails, tea or free-flowing Perrier-Jouët throughout the two-hour package. With so many options on offer, we’d book into the Ovolo for the weekend and try them all.
Address: Ovolo Woolloomooloo, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway 2011
Tuesdays to Saturdays | 6pm – 12am