Penelope’s, a new fusion restaurant, has launched as the signature F&B concept at Hotel AMANO Covent Garden.
Penelope’s serves a menu of Israeli-Spanish fusion food, inspired by the flavours Ariel Schiff, AMANO’s co-founder, discovered while growing up between Tel Aviv and southern Spain.
The menu is a joint collaboration between Shimon Peretz, AMANO Group’s creative director and head chef at AMANO’s Mani restaurant in Berlin, and Fezile Ozalgan, executive chef at Penelope’s (whose career has taken her from Jose Pizarro to Hovarda and Barboun in Shoreditch.)
Diners can enjoy tapas-style dishes such as paella Israeli style with whole lobster, frekkeh and gin-tomato sauce, Israeli sofrito combining pulled chicken and laffa bread, and Iberico ham carpaccio with raw tahini and pomegranate syrup.
Schiff commented: ‘‘Penelope’s is a real affair of the heart for me. Not only is it named after my daughter, both Spain and Tel Aviv hold a special place in my heart. We are bringing something completely new to London which is exciting – in Berlin we believe in having fun above anything else, and we want to give Londoners and visitors to the city the same experience.”
The dining room has an eclectic look, complete with raised platforms and private dining areas. The space is dressed in velvet and leather and features tassel chandeliers and feather motifs, as well as textured wallpaper depicting bird silhouettes, plantlife and jellyfish.
At its Berlin location, AMANO hosts monthly parties which it says have proved very popular and often sell out in minutes. The group says its parties provide guests with a ‘hands-in-the-air, dancing-on-the-table freedom’ and in London, the parties at Penelope’s will be inspired by Mediterranean nightlife.
Hotel AMANO Covent Garden opened in early summer 2022, and features both a basement bar and rooftop bar.
It is the first UK location for the Hotel AMANO group.