The Optimist – Northern Spanish Bar

Opened during late September, The Optimist is a new casual dining addition at the street level of Hennessy Road in Wan Chai. It takes up three storeys featuring stunning lighting, metallic artwork and a bold downstair bar with a dining room that operates all day.

As soon as we enter the standalone floor, the homely ambience is already hitting the spot.

The down to earth menu offers a selection of Northern Spanish inspired dishes, where there are fresh market seafood, grilled prime cuts and some authentic tapas to be served.

There are set lunch in the afternoon including a regular option with one tapas, main course and dessert or coffee per person or a quick one with one tapas to go with a sandwich and an optional dessert. The two is basically quite the same and the only difference is on the mains, whether you want a bold choice of grills or just a light nibble.

A tortilla is a typical Spanish dish. Also referred as Spanish omelette consists of eggs made with thin potato wedges then fried in oil, it is surely more robust and gratifying than regular omelette. Hence, I am pleased about the humble serving. Expect it to be warm, room or even cool temperature because they are not always served hot traditionally.

Four nibbles of fried croquette have a very crispy breadcrumb coating but for some reason the creamy mushroom-flavored center does not appeal to me at all.

It sounds ridiculously stupid to order club sandwiches at a Spanish restaurant but its hearty and wholesome combination is something you can’t go wrong with.

Coming to the favourite dish, the tuna tartare is impressively fresh and seasoned really well with a Japanese dressing. The flavorful layers are also completed with avocado cube and tobiko, flying fish roe.

Eventually, the dessert is so surprising because I don’t expect it to come in a mason jar. Cheesecake in a jar, with strawberry coulis, substantial cream cheese mixture and finally cookie crumbs. It would be a solid choice for a sweet treat.

The Optimist

The Bar

The Seating

Spanish Omelette “Tortilla de patata”
Egg, potato

Mushroom Croquettes
Boletus mushrooms

Creamy Mushroom-flavored Center

Club Sandwich
Grilled chicken, bacon, lettuce, egg, mayonnaise

Tuna Tartar
Tuna, avocado, potato chips, Japanese dressing

Tuna, Avocado

Strawberry Cheesecake
Strawberry coulis, cookies

Cheesecake In A Jar

Strawberry Coulis, Cheesecake, Cookie Crumbs

The Optimist
Address: G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2433 3324
Opening Hours: Sun-Thur 12:00-14:30, 18:00-22:30 ; Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30, 18:00-23:00
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