Spanish restaurants are sprouting up all over Hong Kong, and the latest is QUEMO. Start off with a glass of sangria, preferably white (HK$60), as this isn’t as sweet as its red counterpart (HK$50).
The menu has some standouts. There’s plenty of flavour in the pregnant tomato (HK$58), including smoked fish, roasted eggplant and onion. The acornfed ham (HK$328) is some of the best in town, but the tomato bread doesn’t stand up to the cured meat.
Chorizo lollipops (HK$68) are cute and sweet, filled with quince jelly and goat’s cheese, while the mussels with piquillo candy peppers (HK$78) are bland. The cod ravioli (HK$108) is a Spanish wonton filled with fish and leeks, while the egg timbal (HK$118) is a hearty dish with Iberico ham, roasted piquillo and potatoes.
One fun item was the Mediterranean rice (HK$368), which was held at a 90-degree angle to show off the thin layer of rice stuck to the pan. Diced cuttlefish was mixed in, while sweet clams came on a separate plate.
The desserts – liquid bonbons (HK$65), soft chocolate dumplings, and apple bunuelo (HK$65), or puffs filled with cinnamon apple – were so good we ordered more. BC
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