POPCORN AND CHOCOLATE are hardly sufficient nutrition for a full day of screenings. A well-balanced Hong Kong International Film Festival diet should also include plenty of coffee. Still, some people actually want real food between matinees and evening galas. Here's some venue suggestions of what's close by. HK Cultural Centre/Space Museum 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui Pre-show bite: For something quick but nutritious, CitySuper's excellent food court on the third floor of Ocean Terminal offers plenty of choice. The Hong Kong Art Museum has a first-floor cafe (next to the bookstore) with an outdoor patio for some fresh air. Post-movie meal: There are several new outlets on the Ocean Terminal's ground floor (directly under Lane Crawford), including Habitu the Pier (OTG63, tel: 3101 0901), Panash Cafe & Bakery (OTG04, tel: 2311 0411), the Stonegrill (OTG01-02, tel: 2721 9999) and Sushi Nagoyaka Tei (OTG03, tel: 3586 2622). Silvercord Cinema MCL G/F 30 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui Grand Ocean Theatre 3 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui Pre-show bite: The Fruit Stop Health Food Restaurant (Shop G119, Harbour City, 11 Canton Rd, tel: 2377 1828) serves food made with natural ingredients. For something more substantial, try Gripps (Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, 6/F 3 Canton Rd, tel: 2113 3902), which offers reasonably priced American fare such as hamburgers. Post-movie meal: There's no shortage of selections on Canton Road. However, if you're aiming high, One Peking Road is it. Besides Aqua (29-30/F, tel: 3427 2288) for pricey Italian and Japanese, there's vegetarian fare at Kung Tak Lam (7/F, tel: 2312 7800) or Ka Ma Do for Japanese fusion (8/F, tel: 2269 5051). Kwai Tsing Theatre 12 Hing Ning Rd, Kwai Chung Pre-show bite: The Metroplaza mall has it all, including the newly opened whole food outlet Yummy Delight (Shop 393-394), nouveau Japanese tapas in Watami (Shop 484-487) and modern Vietnamese eatery Deli Viet (Shop 389-392). Post-movie meal: Adjacent to the theatre is the China Land Restaurant (Shop 1 12 Hing Ning Rd, tel: 2615 1993) which delivers Sichuan, Shanghainese and Hunan dishes and has two impressive terracotta warriors at the door. However, if you have the munchies after a really late show, the grungy cha chan tengs near exit A of the Kwai Fong MTR are your best bet. HK Science Museum 2 Science Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East Pre-show bite: Nearby on Chatham Road, there's a row of quickie Asian eateries, including King's Lodge (G/F 67-71 Chatham Rd, tel: 2723 1003), Cousin Cousin Cafe (G/F 67-71 Chatham Rd, tel: 2838 3848), Super Pot Restaurant (G/F 67-71B Chatham Rd, tel: 2732 2733) and Beppu Ekimae (G/F Shop 107-109 Chatham Rd, tel: 2736 8700). Post-movie meal: With TST East within walking distance, there's plenty on offer, including the French cuisine of InterContinental Grand Stanford hotel's Belvedere (1/F 70 Mody Rd, tel: 2731 2880), the scrumptious Italian of Royal Garden's Sabatini (3/F 69 Mody Rd, tel: 2733 2000) or Empire Centre's Ruth's Chris Steak House (G/F 68 Mody Rd, tel: 2366 6000). HK Film Archive 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho Pre-show bite: Lei King Wan, alias 'SoHo East', is around the corner, with a plethora of waterfront pickings. Recent additions include Borgo C (GB01-02A, 45 Tai Hong St, tel: 8100 8446), a casual hang-out with innovative dishes, and 'twins' Ryo-Italia (GA30-31, Site A 55 Tai Hong St, tel: 3105 0031) and Oyster At 28 (GA26-28, Site A, tel: 3105 1761), which share the same owner, kitchen, alfresco view and Japanese and western menus. Post-movie meal: Back at 'SoHo East', a popular bar/restaurant is Chit-Chat (GA8-9, Kwun Fung Mansion, tel: 2967 1666). For South Asian flavours, try TV At 10 (GA10B-12A, Site A 55 Tai Hong St, tel: 3101 1580), which blends Thai and Vietnamese (hence TV) spices. UA Cityplaza Level 5, Cityplaza 1, Taikoo Shing Pre-show bite: Cityplaza is another big mall, but close to the cinema on level 5 are House of Canton (Shop 506, tel: 2886 8861) and Ruby Tuesday (Shop 505, tel: 2907 1133). Post-movie meal: Venture down to the lower levels for some Indian at Koh-I-Noor (Shop 001-002, tel: 2568 8757) or rotisserie chicken at Kenny Rogers Roasters (Shop 102, tel: 2915 3183). Agnes b. Cinema 2 Harbour Rd, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai Pre-show bite: Get a quick sandwich with a spectacular view above the cinema at Pumpernickel (4/F 2 Harbour Rd, tel: 2588 1001). Another good choice is next door at the YMCA Harbour View International House's Harbour Restaurant (1/F 4 Harbour Rd, tel: 2802 0111), which has a decent buffet for $90. Post-movie meal: The newly opened Quarterdeck Club (1 Lung King St, Fenwick Pier, tel: 2827 8882) In the Fleet Arcade offers panoramic harbour views. Cine-Art House G/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai Pre-show bite: The alfresco Sanlitun has a re-located Big Apple (Shop 15-16, 1/F Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Rd, tel: 2827 6108) and La Bella Donna (Shop 2, 1/F, tel: 3115 0238). Also, 3 Rice 3 (Shop 134-135, SHK Centre, tel: 2802 9348) is good for braised brisket noodle or xiao long bao dumplings. Post-movie meal: Try Italian bistro Milano (tel: 2598 1222), Indian palace Viceroy (tel: 2827 7777) or the swank Vietnamese joint Saigon (tel: 2598 7222) - all on the second floor of the Sun Hung Kai Centre. UA Langham Place 8-10/F 8 Argyle St, Mongkok Pre-show bite: Next to the cinema is Thai Orchids (Shop 2-3, Level 8, tel: 3542 5123). For Japanese skewers, head to Kushiyaki (Shop 09, Level 12, tel: 3514 4333) and the kooky Japanese of Funky Fish (Shop 13, Level 12, tel: 2782 6886). Post-movie meal: They call the 13th floor 'the ozone level', with places such as Mr Steak Cafe (Shop 2, Level 13, tel: 2881 5757) and the modern Thai stylings of Basil (Shop 5, Level 13, tel: 3542 5725). Broadway Cinematheque Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square, Yau Ma Tei Pre-show bite: Try Kubrick (Prosperous Garden, tel: 2782 0877), the bookstore/bistro next door, or if you want a serious Wong Kar-wai setting, try the cha chan teng Mido Cafe (13 Temple St, Yau Ma Tei, tel: 2384 6402) with its retro decor. Post-movie meal: Don't expect much fine dining near Temple Street. But the Japanese ramen shop Yokozuna (G/F 466-472 Nathan Rd, tel: 2384 1993) serves hearty and warming noodles. HK City Hall Edinburgh Place, Central Pre-show bite: Maxim's monopoly at Leisure and Cultural Services Department facilities continues at City Hall. Besides the Chinese Maxim Palace on the second floor (tel: 2521-1303), the Maxim Restaurant (1/F, tel: 2521 1132) is a decent option since it's used to diners in a rush. Post-movie meal: For Japanese, head to Jardine House for Miso (Shop 15, basement, tel: 2845 8773). Or go to Hutchison House for Madison's (G/F 10 Harcourt Rd, tel: 2523 4772), or try the Bank of America Tower's Korean mainstay, Secret Garden (G/F, tel: 2801 7990). UA Pacific Place 88 Queensway, Admiralty /Tamar site Pre-show bite: You can't beat the express chow of the Great food hall (2918 9986), including Triple O's White Spot burgers, Pizza Express and the Great Coffee Shop's pasta and shwarma. Post-movie meal: There's a good choice on Pacific Place's upscale third floor, including Cova Ristorante (Shop 301, tel: 2918 9660) and Ye Shanghai (Shop 332, tel: 2918 9833). If you're at Tamar, then try the Citic Tower's fourth floor French chateau, La Chaumiere (1 Tim Mei Ave, tel: 2536 9889) and the Japanese-French fusion of San San Trois Restaurant (tel: 2104 5333).