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Great overall experience (as usual). Simply good, non-fussy food and lovely service
Loved it, restaurant had a great atmosphere that wasn’t overwhelming
Nice quality food with awesome cocktails... good ambience..worth a visit...
Great food, great service, fabulous vibe. Will definitely return again.
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.