Mediterranean. G/F, 4 Ship St., Wan Chai, 2836-0699. Spanish restaurant Quemo has relocated and rebranded to QMO, apparently standing for “Quriosity Meets Obsession,” with a menu that takes inspiration from up and down the Mediterranean.
HIT Off the bat, QMO gets major points for serving up healthy sized portions: The lunch set costs $138-268 for two to four courses, but you could easily share one four-course set between two people and leave sufficiently sated. Dishes here can best be described as standard yet wellexecuted—nothing will blow you away, but for the price and portion-size, we can’t really complain. Linguine was cooked al dente with a dozen or so plump clams and zucchini in a light dressing. The risotto was comfort in a bowl—individually separated grains that still retained their chewy texture, simmered in a umami-laden broth and topped with raw mushroom shavings. The sole fillet was tender and came topped with a romesco sauce, while the roasted chicken (two chicken thighs) were also cooked beautifully and would satisfy any poultry lover.
MISS The Caesar salad was the biggest disappointment: the chicken was chewy, the croutons stale, and the cherry tomatoes didn’t belong there. The sauce tasted like the bland bottled variety: we would have liked some nuance from chopped anchovies or an acidic squeeze of lemon.
BOTTOM LINE For familiar, well-rounded flavors and enough food to quell a raging appetite, we’d happily give QMO a second go. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm,