New… The food scene is getting cray cray. There are so many restaurants opening or set to open in the coming weeks that I feel full just writing about them. Like fish? Like meat? Head over to Fish & Meat (1-2/F, 32 Wyndham St., Central, 2565-6788) , Maximal Concepts’ newest resto. Taking over the 3,500 square-foot space that used to be Sal Curioso, F&M is all about family-style plates, heavily focused on seafood. Pan-fried baby Spanish octopus, roasted Alaskan cod, and pan-fried sea bream are some of the dishes on offer. Speaking of seafood, The Luxe Seafood Bar & Resto (Shop 12, 12/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle St., Mong Kok, 3184-0088) takes a slightly different approach, offering glammed-up brasserie dishes and fusion fare from all over the world—basically, chef Leo Kam cooks up whatever he feels like. This means Surf & Turf tacos, blue mussels with baguette, pan-fried Chilean seabass, and lots of shellfish. Another steak-frites alert: La Vache (48 Peel St., Central, 2880-0248) by Black Sheep Restaurants. Inspired by the Le Relais de l’Entrecôte chain from Paris, LV is a brasserie-style space that specializes in the classic European dish. Pulled pork, ribs and all things Southern can be found at 85 South ( G/F, 6-10 Kau U Fong, Central) . Aqua group’s Zafran (B/F, 43-55 Wyndham St., Central, 2116-8855) continues the tapas trend with a basement bar-slash-restaurant on Wyndham. Enjoy acorn-fed Iberico and salted cod fritters while you bop to latin beats. Baos are so IN. The Taiwanese gua bao (think mantou burger) will be offered at the soon-to-open Bao Wow (Shop 2, 28 Tai Wong St. East, Wan Chai) this December. Also set to open later this month is a swank Japanese eatery called Youka (Shop 1D, 35-45 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai) headed by former Hotel Nikko Hong Kong head chef Ito Katsuhiro. Privé Group is also coming out with a new resto on Hollywood Road called Nur . Watch this space for details. ...and Noted Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants—a subset of the World’s 50 Best—will be announcing its 2014 list of top restaurants on February 24. To go with the announcement, there will also be a series of workshops available to the public, to be held on Feb 23-24 in Singapore. Big names like Joan Roca (of El Celler de Can Roca, the World’s No.1 Restaurant 2013) and Yoshihiro Narisawa (Narisawa, Asia’s No. 1 Restaurant 2013) will be making an appearance. Head to www.theworlds50best.com/asia for details and to purchase tickets. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @adelewong_hk.