I was chatting with IGOR’s group executive chef Angelo McDonnell and he tells me that he’s planning to open a big new restaurant on the pier soonish called Watermark. “We’ve always had the talent to do it but never had the right location or market. Now we do.” He says it will be the flagship of the entire operation and is ambitious and excited about the haute cuisine he plans for the venue, which will seat about 250. Fresh on the Elgin St. RIP list is Lime Organics dried goods store. But a new place called Babek opened just across the street, right next to Tribute. And in place of the British Refrectory on Graham St. we find steak and pasta at the new Cenacolo restaurant. And if you’re already trembling from your lack of organic coffee and tea, try the new Indian blends at Fentons, 153 Wong Nai Chung Rd., Happy Valley, 3422-3411. Back on Elgin we find Italian dining in Cantina Cecconi’s, where I met award-winning chef Harry Lilai, who heads up the mothership in Australia. He brought out head chef Peter Birks from Melbourne to helm the team in Hong Kong. It’s traditional Italian with some interesting tweaks – I tried a fried potato, rosemary, garlic and sea salt salad that really hit the spot, and a torte of rabbit. 43 Elgin St., SoHo, 2147-5500. Also, newly opened is La Mer Brasserie where the Illy restaurant used to be in LKF Tower, 1/F, 33 Wyndham St., Central, 2523-0200. As the name suggests, it’s strong on the seafood as only the French can do. So I put a shout out two weeks ago asking for the best curry in town and here’s a little excerpt from one of our readers, Andrea Muraskin: “My favorite Indian restaurant is hands down all-veg Branto (1/F, 9 Lock Rd. Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366-8171). 'Love' is the word to describe my feeling for this place. The prices are generaly in the $40-$60 range, and they serve a wide variety of north and south Indian dishes. The best thing about the place is its authenticity: You get a plate of raw onions and lemon and three sauces with your papadams before every meal, and it’s served on wide metal plates, just like they do it in Hindustan.” Now for something completely different: A competition is being held to see who can make the best edible book. That’s right, a pastry concoction made to look like a tome. The competition is called Books2eat. You can register your own creation or just come, have a gander and then dig in. Free to view, afternoon tea $150, competitors $250. Sat Apr 21, 2pm-5pm, M at the Fringe, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central, call the hotline at 2810-7787 or www.hkbooks2eat.com . Deal of the week? How about $10 bottled beers at the newly renovated Staunton’s between 10pm-11pm every day of the week. In case you just got off the boat, it’s at 10-12 Staunton St., SoHo, 2721-9999. One of our favorite bistros in Tsim Sha Tsui, with simply awesome fresh food and a super-friendly atmosphere, is 798 Unit & Co. Bistro (1/F, 9 Hau Fook St., 2366-0234). They just opened a new outlet in Causeway Bay called 798 Unit & Co. Gastropub. It's at Shop 1203, 12/F, Food Forum, Times Square, Causeway Bay, 2506-0611. The term "gastropub" evolved in the 90s in the UK to describe a pub serving high-quality, innovative, often foreign cuisine. It’s casual dining without breaking the bank, inspired by Beijing’s contemporary art enclave and bohemian hangout, “798.” Why do I only have but one chance to get pepper? You know, with the goofy waiter and his grinder the size of a baseball bat? The guy who only appears the second your plate hits the table, never to be seen again? This week’s tip: those huge grinders don’t make a damn bit of difference in the grinding process. You can easily use one of those little ones and leave them on the table. Does exactly the same thing. Gang, should we have more of those food-and-wine pairing interactive sessions? I’ve got an offer from Lotus to try a cocktail-and-food pairing session, or we could do it on a junk. Email me at email@example.com if you’re interested in either.