1. A new Spanish-Israeli restaurant in Covent Garden: Penelope's
Covent Garden, London
Hotel AMANO is a true Covent Garden Treasure. Their killer rooftop/basement bar combo means alcoholics afflicted by vertigo and claustrophobia can find somewhere to drink, but it's their new food opening that's got us really excited. Enter Peneople's.
Fusion cooking is by means a new occurrence in London (it can sometimes feel harder to find a non-fusion spot in the Capital). The curious combination of Israeli and Spanish food, though, is a genuinely novel addition to the landscape.
The food itself sounds incredible: Spanish tapas sits alongside Laffa bread (a large, thin flatbread normally cooked in a taboon), and Roasted Israeli aubergine can be enjoyed with a deep-bodied Rioja. Yeah, we're excited.