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The Optimist

Wan Chai · Spanish · $$$$
Excellent
5.0/6
248 Reviews

Address

The Optimist
239 G/F, Hennessy Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 6:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Chef's Choice

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Mains

Charcoal Grilled Flat Iron Steak

Australian flat iron steak, Chimichurri sauce
280

Grilled Pork Ribs

Iberian pork ribs, grilled corn, barbecue sauce
290

Entrecot (400gr)

USA Rib eye, with grilled vegetables
450
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Shared Dishes

Wild Whole Grilled Turbot "Guetaria"

"Donostiarra" sauce (Pieces are 1kg to 1,9kg)
1000

Txuleta

On the bone Galician rib eye 45 days dry aged (Pieces are 900gr to 2kg)
1100

Wild Whole Sole Fish "A La Plancha"

Caper sauce (Pieces are 800gf to 1,2kg)
1200
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Seafood

Grilled Squid

Spanish squid, onion, mangetout, tomato. Good for two.
310

Grilled Boston Lobster

Kimuchi sauce, fries
390

Mediterranean Whole Seabass

Garlic sauce. Good for two.
420
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Rice Dishes

Charcoal Grilled Rice with Vegetables

Peppers, leek, wild mushrooms, green asparagus, green beans, artichokes
210

Seafood Rice

Mussels, clams, red prawn, blue prawn, squid
310

Seafood Charcoal Baked Rice

Mussels, clams, blue prawn, squid, garlic sauce, alioli
330
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Desserts

Chocolate Brownie

Hot chocolate fudge, walnuts, vanilla ice cream
80

Alfredo's Warm Apple Pie

Allow 20 minutes to cook. Puff pastry, green apple, vanilla sauce
95

Cheese Tasting Selection

Manchego, idiazabal, blue cheese, brie, parmesan
148
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248 The Optimist Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Emily K.10 days ago · 1 review

Great brunch selection at good price! Dont miss out on the parma ham at the buffet counter for brunch. Also, the daily happy hour from 3-7 is a good deal

"Excellent"6/6
Kelvin N.15 days ago · 1 review

Good service and tentative. Hard to find a nice lunch for that price point nowadays. Definitely would recommend this to other patrons. Salad bar was awesome

"Excellent"6/6
Hanna C.20 days ago · 1 review

Great ambience with super fresh appetizer selection at the semi buffet station. Good value for money with the overall experience. Would definitely go back again.

"Excellent"6/6
Juan M.21 days ago · 1 review

Great atmosphere and amazing service. Presentation of the food was great, be really enjoyed the fish and the meat and some tapas at the beginning for share. Will come back.

"Excellent"6/6
imgAlan C.a year ago · 8 reviews

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.

"Great"5/6
Irina H.2 months ago · 3 reviews

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.

"Excellent"6/6
Natalie D.a year ago · 2 reviews

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!!

"Excellent"6/6
Valters K.a year ago · 1 review

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.

"Excellent"6/6
Kit W.a year ago · 1 review

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

"Great"5/6
Pierre M.6 months ago · 1 review

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.

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