For those looking for a new brunch spot in town, The Optimist Spanish-style brunch is the perfect hangout to spend a lazy afternoon with friends. A moveable feast, brunch is a buzzy affair with a market buffet, sharing tapas, asador-style mains and desserts brought to the table. Free-flow options of prosecco, sangria punch, Spanish wines and beer make for a jolly good time. The Optimist’s brunch is the perfect place to unwind and hang out with amigos after a long work week.
“We’re a happy bunch at The Optimist, our mantra is to enjoy the best of life because life is too short for pessimists. I like to think of our brunch as a celebration of this, we invite you to eat, drink and be merry to your hearts content,” says Christian Talpo Co-owner and lifelong optimist.
The Optimist Brunch – Market buffet
Brunch starts off with a delicious buffet stocked with market pintxos, embutidos, cheese, fresh salads and cold soups. Transporting guests to Spain is an Iberico ham spread of cured aged jamon that can’t be missed. For those who don’t want to leave comfort of their seats, hot sharing tapas of Huevos Rotos ‘Broken Eggs’, Grilled Octopus and Ham & Mushroom Croquettes are brought the table.
The Optimist – Apple Pie
The feast continues with a choice of main courses ordered hot to the table which can be eaten alone or shared with friends. Starting from HKD348 guests a selection of favourites including asador-style grilled items such as Whole Charcoal Grilled Chicken, Grilled Seasonal Vegetable Skewers, Eggplant ‘Berenjena al Horno’ or the Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri sauce (+HKD28). Generous dishes for sharing include theSeafood rice “Arroz Caldoso” complete with mussels, clams, blue prawn and squid in a seafood stew, the Chateaubriand served with a creamy potato gratin (+HKD65 per person for two people) and the Whole Seabass ‘Espalda’ with garlic dressing (+HKD65 per person for two people).
The Optimist – Chateaubriand to share
Because there is always room for dessert, Executive Chef Alfredo Rodriquez shakes things up with a selection of his favourites every week. Guests can enjoy the likes of Warm Apple Pie served with vanilla sauce, Flan with lemon cream and an almond crunch, Strawberry Cheesecakemade with strawberry coulis and cookies, Chocolate Brownie topped with hot chocolate fudge, walnuts and vanilla ice cream and Vanilla Custard ‘Natillas’, a crunchy cereal with strawberry coulis.
Wash it all down with free-flow fruity sangria punch, prosecco and wine for HKD180. Other cocktails crafted by Bar Manager Isabella Vannoni which are perfect for brunch include the Bloody Mary (HKD100), classic Negroni (HKD90) and the Peach & Almond Mojito “Merengue” (HKD90).
The Optimist – Brunch drinks
If Saturday night was a late one and guests are simply looking for a refreshing treat, Strawberry Letter (HKD60) made with strawberry, basil, lemon and lemonade, Deep Sea (HKD60) a mix of guava juice, mint, honey and ginger ale, or a fresh Fruit Smoothie (HKD60) are perfect options in addition to the juices, teas and coffees.
Located over 2 floors, brunch is served from 11:30 – 3pm on Sundays and public holidays. The Optimist brunch provides a generous serving of fun for happy weekend folk.