FOR food reviewers and lovers of the table, 1993 has been a full and fulfilling year. So what would I suggest for the new year? 1. Wanted: one lighting specialist. Your expertise is sorely needed at Tables 88. Dimly-lit caves have romantic potential. But when you have to ask for three extra candles in order to read the menu, romance quickly evaporates into un-sexy frustration. 2. Three cheers. The Regent's new seafood haven, Yu, has a nifty oyster bar where you can drop in for a glass of wine, a bi-valve or two, and be off to the Cultural Centre, on time. 3. Here's hoping that Food-By-Fone will expand to include the starving masses who live beyond Central, Wan Chai, Pok Fu Lam. 4. What price progress? The new Tandoor opted for glitz, a starry ceiling and white-gloved waiters. Is the trade-off in warmth and sensible pricing worth it? 5. Hope springs eternal in 1994 for a well-crafted, free-pour martini, like the kind found in London, San Francisco or Chicago. 6. Cheers to Indochine whose fresh spring rolls show how good simplicity tastes. 7. Homesickness for genuine Mexican food may soon be over, thanks to the opening of La Placita (in Times Square). And, by late spring, a regional Mexican restaurant to open in 1 Lan Kwai Fong, under the talented hand of California Restaurant's Karin Joffe. 8. The wines of New Zealand are magnificent. Now that there's a local chapter of the New Zealand Food and Wine Society, headed by barrister Peter Graham, maybe we'll get spoiled. 9. Bravo to Grand Mart and their personnel. Thanks for giving consumers greater food-buying options and better, well-informed service. 10. Get smart, food retailers. How about some user-friendly service? If you're in doubt, check out Seibu Food Hall where a bewildered face or a question gets a pleasant reaction instead of the usual scowl or bark. 11. Go for it, Consumer Council. It's about time the iron-fisted hold on the supermarket business went under the magnifying glass. 12. Take a bow, Yaohan Department Stores on your rock-bottom wine prices. 13. Okay, Aussies. Answer this one. You brag about the terrific Greek food back home. But why can't Hong Kong have one Greek restaurant that lasts? While Bacchus reorganises, go to Faces for a terrific Greek salad. And, no plate-smashing gimmicks. 14. Here's hoping that the newly-opened Continental, the deli-cafe in Quarry Bay, will sprout other clones with simple, earthy cooking and desserts worth the calories. 15. Thanks, Produce Green, for existing. And teaching all of us that growing good food can be done without leaving home.