VEDA, Ovolo Central’s flagship vegetarian restaurant, is now open in the ultra-conveniently located Ovolo Central on Arbuthnot Road. The meat-free bar and eatery is a ground-breaking concept and sets a new standard for mindfulness in the hospitality business.
VEDA, which comes from the Sanskrit word “vid”, meaning “to know”, represents knowledge and wisdom of both eastern and western cultures and ingredients, bringing them together in a dazzling menu, best enjoyed sharing-style. The restaurant’s joy-delivering vegetarian plates have been curated by world famous vegetarian chef Hetty McKinnon, and supplemented with a creative injection of Ovolo Hotels Founder Girish Jhunjhnuwala’s favourite plates. Each and every dish is made with noble products treated with passion and love.
The list of craveable vegetarian treats is endless, making for a colourful and diverse family-style meal. Must tries include moreish Nepalese Ricotta and Spinach Momos (HK$78) served with smoked chilli and tomato achaar — guaranteed to have diners fighting for the last piece — and Pani Puri (HK$78), textural celebrations of classic Indian flavours courtesy of Ovolo’s renowned Peter Pan entrepreneur.
Soul-comforting foods like Miso Soy Ramen Soup (HK$120) with generous toppings of Asian greens, tofu, and a stunning pickled egg, and vegan-friendly VEDA New World Congee (HK$50/88) made with brown rice and quinoa, shiitake, finished with spicy oil and kale chips must not be missed, but VEDA-loyalists already know to save room for the pièce de résistance: the Baked Aloo Gobi (HK$78/130) cauliflower has been talk of the town since Ovolo’s VEDA preview last year, and is sure to continue in its legacy as a bona fide showstopper.
VEDA’s vibrant plates are best accented with a selection of soups, sides, dips and breads, and capped with dessert. A vegan cashew Fig Cheesecake (HK$70) with a delectable caramel sauce, and a beautifully plated Dark Sponge Cake and Passion Fruit Mousse (HK$70) promise to send guests home with skip in their step.
VEDA’s plentiful a la carte selection is supported by a bar menu that includes an extensive range of Australian wines, with 13 wines available by the glass, beautifully shaken craft cocktails and select beers.