Ever since this spanking, brand New Year began, my email inbox has been runneth over. But for a change, there aren’t many of those annoying singing e-cards wishing me a resolution-filled 2013. Au contraire, the kind of emails I’ve gotten are making it their mission to see to it that I break the one resolution I can never seem to keep… the one where I’m supposed to eat a little less (sure, like that’s ever going to happen!). What I’ve received by the dozen (well, almost) are invitations to and announcements of new restaurants that are poised to open in the next few weeks in our very own Maximum City. So, I thought it appropriate in keeping with the spirit of all things new to dedicate the very first installment of MumbaiMag's new foodie column, Food Bytes, to the blushing-in-the-wings debutantes that can’t wait to leave us all fully fed up… in the gourmet sense of the term! Zaffran Launches At Lower Parel If there is one place that takes me down memory lane, where the ‘reward’ for bunking lectures at St Xavier’s College resulted in a foodie orgy of epic proportions, it would have to be Zaffran at Crawford Market. Melt-in-the-mouth Zaffran-e-Raan, Gosht Biryani, and the softest of Galouti Kebabs made this place my posse and my favourite go-to haunt whenever we wanted to be fed like Nawabs. So, imagine my delight when I learn that Zaffran has come a little closer to home at Todi Mills, Lower Parel in a redux, glammed up avatar. I can’t wait to check this one out and get myself fixed with a Kala Kahatta Margarita that they keep sadistically tempting me with. Ping Pong Coming Soon To BKC Boasting of 50 dim sum varieties, the menu of the soon-to-open Ping Pong is like a holy scripture to those of us who worship at the altar of Cantonese food. Read: porky Char Siu Bao, translucent Har Gau, silken Shui Mai and you’ll get my drift. The UK-based dim sum franchise will be located at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC)—the latest Mecca for yum nosh—and will be able to accommodate 100 covers. Crazy Dog Coming Soon At Fort With a bizarre name pat in place, Crazy Dog will be the newest entrant on the roaster of Ketan Kadam, the man behind the Two One Two Bar & Grill (at Worli and Santacruz) and the also-brand- new Sundance Café at Churchgate. To be housed near Sterling Cinema at Fort, Crazy Dog will be a place serving comfort food like Baked Potato Skins, Roasted Chicken etc in a comfortable setting, with a very comfortable closing time of 1.30am. Nom Nom Coming Soon To Bandra The rather onomatopoeic Nom Nom at Versova will soon have a Bandra sibling dishing out the same easy-on-the-wallet Sushi, Asian Curries and Stir Fries. And yes… I’m hoping that the sinful Sake Bomb cocktail finds its way down to Bandra as well. Sassy Spoon At Nariman Point And finally, the food snob in me is sure to get deliverance at Sassy Spoon, Nariman Point. This ‘eclectic European’ fine dining restaurant by the Goenkas of The Indian Express Group, promises to “knock my socks” (not that I wear any!) with its unusual combination of flavours (try chocolate and basil for starters). Will it succeed? Keep watching this space.