Interior of Amelia restaurant, Hong Kong

Each year brings with it an array of news-worthy restaurant openings, whether it's fresh projects from big-name chefs or old favourites reborn with new concepts. Here are six of the world's most exciting establishments to add to your culinary wishlist for 2020

Portrait of chef Santiago Lastra at Kol, London

Kol, London

Launching in London’s Marylebone in March 2020, Kol comes courtesy of chef Santiago Lastra, who previously worked at Noma's Mexico pop-up. The seasonally changing menu will have a Mexican slant, but with ingredients sourced almost exclusively from the British Isles – so you can expect dishes such as langoustine tacos with sea buckthorn. Make your way down to the basement for the mezcal bar and a 20-seater chef's table. For historic British cuisine with a twist, visit Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.

Lower arches of the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Restaurant 58, Paris

Having earned two Michelin stars for his restaurant Sur Mesure at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, chef Thierry Marx will also take the helm at Restaurant 58, on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Naturally, this all-day dining spot comes with incredible views across the city, and the décor is being totally overhauled ahead of the relaunch this spring. The new interiors will be fresh and contemporary, while the food will be modern brasserie-style, making use of seasonal ingredients from Ile-de-France.

Portrait of Chef Manoella Buffara at Ella, New York

Ella, New York City

Chef Manoella Buffara has garnered a reputation – and awards – for being one of the most exciting chefs in Brazil, where she heads up her restaurant, Manu, in Curitiba, which seats just 20. From April 2020, however, she and several members of her team will be arriving in New York to open Ella, in Chelsea. They'll be dishing up the likes of smoked aubergine with coconut and cornbread, and plantain crumble with mushroom ice cream, in a space that's much larger and less formal than Manu, designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan.

Plate of food at Amelia, Hong Kong

Amelia, Hong Kong

San Sebastián's Michelin-starred Amelia has arrived in Asia, with a new branch in Hong Kong's Harbour City. It opened earlier this year, with a modern European menu devised by executive chef Paulo Airaudo. Dishes will change monthly, but you can expect the likes of beef and oysters tartare with pickled mustard seeds and rye bread; and chicken with Jerusalem artichoke and apple. All of which is served in a spacious dining room with retro-inflected décor. On the other side of the harbour, Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental features a seasonal progressive menu showcasing pure flavours, masterful techniques and two-Michelin starred chef Richard Ekkebus’s creative vision.

Exterior of Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid

Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

Following an extensive restoration, Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid is set to reopen in summer 2020, with multi-Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta overseeing the hotel’s five restaurants and bars. Among the places to dine will be the signature Quique Dacosta restaurant, overlooking the hotel garden, as well as the Palm Court, which will sit under a spectacular reconstructed glass dome. And while the exact dining concepts remain under wraps, Dacosta says they will be quite different from his eponymous three-starred restaurant in Dénia.

Scallops on a plate at Acquada, Milan

Acquada, Milan

Acquada opened at the end of 2019 and is one of Milan's most exciting culinary openings. On Via Eugenio Villoresi, it’s headed up by chef Sara Preceruti, who earned her first Michelin star aged 28, and launched the original Acquada in Porlezza a few years later, in 2016. She's now transplanted her restaurant to Milan, bringing with her signature dishes such as 'The gianduia wears red', a dessert of peppers filled with gianduia (hazelnut chocolate) cream, as well as new concepts including pigeon with sauternes ice cream and sour artichokes. And while you're in the city, don't miss the chance to dine at the two-Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Seta, in Mandarin Oriental, Milan, overseen by acclaimed chef Antonio Guida.

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