A who's who of local foodies turned up at Scala in the Renaissance Harbour View hotel in Wan Chai on Friday for the announcement of this year's participants in Hong Kong Restaurant Week. The announcement was made by Synthia Liem, Hong Kong general manager of Restaurant Week organisers DiningCity, who was joined by Onno Schreurs, the founder of Hong Kong and Shanghai's Restaurant Weeks. The idea is to give diners the chance to try set meals at some of the most exclusive restaurants with a price tag that's more affordable than usual. Local restaurants have the choice of three price brackets for lunch and dinner. The priciest set dinner costs HK$458 and the most affordable is HK$258. The local Restaurant Week started with just 41 venues in July 2011 and has grown to more than 70. Last year, it attracted 12,800 online reservations and DiningCity is expecting an even larger turnout this year. New hot spots added to the list include The Salted Pig, Divino Patio and The Food Academics. Bookings must be made online in advance at www.restaurantweek.hk from 4pm on February 6. Diners with an American Express card can book from January 31.