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The Optimist

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  • Wan Chai
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Time Out says

Northern Spanish cuisine and cocktails in the heart of Wan Chai

The Optimist takes up the first three floors of 239 Hennessy Road with a classy restaurant and bar bedecked with lush greenery and teal-coloured walls lined with botanical illustrations. The decor at The Optimist seeks to deviate from the stereotypical wrought iron and terracotta tones usually associated with Spanish restaurant design. 

The Optimist offers simple, hearty dishes designed to satisfy customer expectations and stomachs. Happily, it also smashes the misconception that Spanish food is all small plates – and does an outstanding job, too. Three storeys are quite an ambitious undertaking, but the decor, vibe and good food are just what the commercial part of Hennessy Road needs to draw in the merry-making crowd. 

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Time Out Hong Kong


239 Hennessy Rd
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
Opening hours:
Mon-Thur 12pm-2pm, 6pm-12am, Fri 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am, Sat-Sun and public holidays 12pm-2pm, 2.15-2.45pm, 6pm-12am

What’s on

Pirata Group's Remix Four Hands Dinners

  • Food and drink events

Pirata Group is returning with its Remix Four Hands Dinners, where guests can indulge in a series of exclusive menus created by the dining group’s executive chefs from now until March 16. On January 11, Chaiwala and Pici Pasta Bar will join forces to create Italian and Indian fusion dishes like gunpowder scallops with saffron butter, and orecchiette with keema masala; whereas Pirata and Tokyolima will offer an exclusive dining experience on January 18 and 25 with Italian and Nikkei creations like saltados de mariscos risotto.  On February 1 and 8, Pane e Latte and The Pizza Project will team up to provide utterly indulgent Italian dishes like carbonara croissants and focaccia pugliese available a la carte or in a three-course sharing menu. Alternatively, dig into The Optimist and Honjo’s Japanese and Spanish plates on February 22 and 29, with creations such as peppered beef tataki and lobster rice infused with garlic miso butter. For the month of March, Calle Ocho’s Spanish tapas will get a Japanese twist from TMK on March 7 and 14, where customers can savour delightful morsels such as ebi croquetas, chirashi paella, and tortilla okonomiyaki. Finally, Pirata’s Remix will conclude with a tasty bang on March 16 as La Favorita and Honjokko create a brunch menu with sumptuous dishes like gnocchi sorrentina, pappardelle beef and mushroom ragu, as well as Japanese ice cream with red beans. What’s more, customers that dine at any Pirata Group restaurant between now and February 13 c

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