The Optimist is a strikingly authentic Spanish bar and restaurant in Hong Kong’s most playful district, occupying a classy but fun street-level space on Hennessy Road. But head up from a classy cocktail at the cool bar and you’ll see how serious this Wan Chai head-turner is about food – northern Spanish food, to be precise. Find out what the fuss about The Optimist is all about and book a table now!
Check out The Optimist’s brunch (Sat-Sun) and lunch (Mon-Fri) menus!
Dear diners, please note that reservations are for a dining time of 2 hours.
This is not a generic paella and tapas place. This is a purist northern Spanish restaurant, ruled by an authentic asador grill and celebrating the natural bounty from sea, land and earth of this region. Have their amazing brunch buffets to try it all, or pick out a particular cut of beef, pork or seafood from the butcher and fishmonger and have it grilled to perfection in front of your eyes. With chic decor inspired by the bars of Barcelona, complete with vintage detailing and lush greenery, The Optimist’s up-scale environment is the perfect place for celebrating a special occasion or a stylish night on the tiles with friends in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai.
Begin your meal by sharing some small plates like the grilled Galician octopus, ham or mushroom croquettes or campfire baked camembert, before moving on to the main affair. Tuck into some Mediterranean whole seabass with garlic sauce, grilled pork ribs or some seafood charcoal-baked rice. Finish off with some warm, homemade apple pie or vanilla custard ‘natillas’ with corn flakes and strawberry coulis before indulging in a handcrafted cocktail from the lengthy list that features everything from the classics to some more creative concoctions like the Black Heart (diplomatico rum, muddled fresh fig, Creme de Cassis, lime and sugar). A stand-out on Hong Kong’s Hennessy Road, spaces at The Optimist are know to fill up quickly. Beat the crowds and book a table at this trendy Wan Chai haunt in advance!
Love the buffet and service - the selection is wonderful and for such good value!
Great experience as always! Amazing food and service, the brunch is an excellent way to try all the dishes. The Mother’s Day photos was a really nice touch!
Great food and excellent service !! The best experience we had in Hong Kong ! Must have the burrata , the chorizo and our favorite was the ham !!!
Good food, pleasant atmosphere, great service! Extensive wine selection and the gin and tonics in the bar are the best. Highly recommended for a good night out.
It's extremely rare to find a restaurant that can scores extremely high marks in its ambience, character, overall service, and of course, it's culinary experience. The Optimist is the one I found in HK. I just spent 2 weeks in the Iberian Penisula few months ago, having a whale of a time enjoying the best the Spaniards and the Portuguese can offer. Then again, The Optimist offers the same and more in a much refined fashion. I'm not going to spoil your surprise describing all the goodies in the tasting Manu we tried, suffice it to say, every single course is a gem. The service? It's rare that I gave 200% tips as acknowledgement, but the entire staff deserves it.
I enjoyed the atmosphere at The Optimist - subdued lighting, not very noisy, great smoky smell from their grill and fairly attentive service. I had a few small dishes with my friends -the Ham croquettes, the Broken eggs, the Calamari, the Tuna tartar - which I found very tasty, very well executed. The deserts were nice too - my favourite was the charcoal grilled pineapple ("La pina") which came with delicious coconut ice cream. I understand that the charcoal grilled meat dishes are their signature - I haven't had the chance to taste them on this occasion but I hope I will do so in the future. I simply loved their cocktails (we didn't even look at the wine list) and tried 4 or 5 between us. My favourite was the "Spritz Me Up" - a mix of Aperol and prosecco with lime juice, coconut and vermouth - really refreshing during summer time. I would love to go back.
Sunday Brunch was the best I have had. The semi buffet was excellent, fresh and tasty and the hot food they brought out was amazing. Lots of small dishes for us all to try, plenty for a large group. After the semi buffet we ordered a few dishes off the menu. I ordered the flank steak (which I would highly recommend). Food was excellent quality and the service was just as good. We went for a friends Birthday in July and had a great time. I would highly recommend trying this place out. I will definitely be going back again, in fact I have already booked to treat my dad for his birthday!!
Great cuisine with Spanish / Mediterranean style food, a good choice of wine. Nice ambiance - really enjoyable experience. Most recommended for dining out with no hurry. Very kind, fast and professional service. You really feel welcome at The Optimist. Reservation recommended as it gets busy later evening.
Really loved it at The Optimist for my sister's Birthday. The staff were so accommodating and had no issue about me bringing my own cake. The food is amazing and all the girls had never been. They all said they would definitely return
We had a great time at The Optimist for a quick lunch with the family. The staff was great and caring, the food was good and the set lunch of good value. The music could have been turned down a little for a more cosy atmosphere. I recommend the place.