WHERE should we try this time? It's the unavoidable question asked by couples and groups dining out in one of the most diverse culinary landscapes in the world. Hong Kong's 'menu' of restaurants will transport diners to almost every corner of the globe. The gamut of atmospheres, from loud and light to soft and romantic, offers prices ranging from cheap and cheery to exceedingly expensive. It all depends on the occasion. Will you be wooing your loved one to the strains of flamenco in the candle-lit confines of a Mediterranean taverna, or going over the monthly figures with your boss in a light and breezy downtown cafe? Cost is another factor. Dinner for two will cost anything from $300 to $3,000 or more, depending on your taste and the depth of your pockets. Asian cuisine is available in abundance and the best way of finding that favourite Indian, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian or Vietnamese restaurant is trial and error. In this competitive area, restaurants are constantly updating menus and the diner is invariably the winner. The Hyatt's Chinese restaurant cuisine, for example, even has its seasonal autumn menu separated into two - light foods such as vegetables and soups for the warmer side of the season and the introduction of heavier meat items in late October, as the weather grows colder. Here, lunch for two will average $500, while dinner runs to about $1,200. Shooters 52 on Nathan Road offers American cuisine complete with a San Francisco cable car bar, street signs, a USA Today news rack and piped in sports matches. Two people can, perhaps, finish the generous meals and enjoy a drink or two for about $600. For something new, make a continental shift to Italian cuisine at Lan Kwai Fong's Tutta Luna restaurant. At $128 for the specialty 'Pizza Luna', this restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine that will hardly break the bank. It is also one of the few places with an Italian take-away menu. If you are not sure what cuisine you want, try the Kowloon Shangri-La in Tsim Sha Tsui East. A buffet three-course lunch for two with wine, comfortably soaking in Hong Kong island's skyline, costs less than $500. Choosing the right environment for the right price is crucial and, if you are not sure of a place, the answer is simple - ask. Reputable restaurants are happy to give you an idea of meal prices and describe the establishment's ambience. Of course, the most crucial element of any dining experience is the food. Word of mouth is often a reliable indicator but, when it comes down to it, the best litmus test - and half the fun of dining out - is making your own discoveries.