Visitors to Munich's newly reopened Lenbachhaus museum can now follow up their tour of Blaue Reiter paintings with a sumptuous meal in-house. At Ella, unadorned walnut furniture and blond wood flooring contrasts with a glamorous bronze bar and marble accents in the 80-seat Norman Foster-designed dining room. Named after expressionist painter Gabriele Münter, the partner of Wassily Kandinsky, Ella is a tribute to Bavaria's longstanding yearning for Italy. Using local produce, chef Michael Hausberger cooks up reinvented Italian classics such as lamb sausage with foie gras, nutmeg and peanut butter. The menu offers regional background on each dish and is accompanied by a list of Italian wines. In summer, guests can dine alfresco on the expansive terrace while taking in the neoclassical architecture of the Königsplatz.


Photography: Fan-Ning Tseng