The Hong Kong food scene has seen the recent opening of several new restaurants. The latest is Eclipse Management's BOCA Tapas & Wine Bar, scheduled to have its soft opening today (October 20). Eclipse's application that BOCA be allowed to serve alcohol after 11pm was unfortunately rejected, in the ongoing struggle between restaurants and bars in the SoHo area and the Liquor Licensing Board to relax its strict licensing laws. BOCA, a 'contemporary interpretation of a Spanish Tapas Bar' will serve various paellas and sangrias, an extensive selection of wines (including an impressive 16 by the glass), and on ongoing rotation of traditional and innovative tapas. BOCA is at at G/F, 65 Peel Street, Central. Tel: 2548 1717. Nichole Garnaut's first restaurant venture away from Group 97, Alibi, also opens today at 73 Wyndham Street in Central (Tel: 2167 8989). The two-storey restaurant has an organic food cafe on the ground floor and a brasserie on the mezzanine level. The King Parrot Group has opened Russian restaurant Balalaika and cigar and wine lounge Club Havana at 10 Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui. Balalaika is on 2312 6222, Club Havana is on 2312 6565. In Stanley, the group opened branches of El Cid and Chilli N Spice at Shop 102, Murray House, Stanley Plaza. The number for both restaurants is 2899 0858. Lan Kwai Fong is now in Shanghai - the group, that is. On July 1, the Lan Kwai Fong Group took over Park 97 (pictured), which was originally opened by Group 97. The group has been renovating the extensive space, and has added branches of three of its Lan Kwai Fong restaurants. Baci Italian Cuisine, Tokio Joe and California Club will have their grand opening tomorrow. They can all be reached on 8621 6318 0785. It's time once again for the annual South African Wine Festival. The events this year will be hosted by John Platter, South African wine journalist, author and judge at international wine shows. On October 25, Platter will give a free lecture from 3pm-5pm in the Coral Room at the Furama Hotel. The South African Wine Tasting is from 5.30pm-9pm on October 26. It takes place in the Jade Ballroom at the Furama. The $100 entrance fee entitles guests to taste from over 100 labels and nibble on various cocktail snacks. For the John Platter Wine Dinner on October 28, guests will taste an extensive selection of exclusive wines, selected specially for the dinner and flown in directly from South Africa. The wines will accompany a meal by award-winning South African chef Thys Schram. The dinner is in the Salisbury Room at The Peninsula hotel; it's $1,200. Infor-mation for all of the South African Wine Festival events is on 2577 3279, contact Ms Mac.