Thanks to new flight routes that have recently opened from Spain to Hong Kong, the city is abundant with choice of the best quality seafood from European seas. Savour and delight in Spanish coastal flavours at The Optimist, with market fresh displays of shellfish and fish and a daily catch of the day board for diners to choose from by weight. Sourcing the best seafood from Europe’s top suppliers, The Optimist takes diners on a coastal journey they won’t have to leave the country for.
A seafood lover’s dream, The Optimist’s Mariscada is a glistening display of seafood treasures fresh from the crates of a Mediterranean fish market. Guests can indulge in aquatic riches of crab, mussels, oysters, scampi, crystal blue prawn and lobster. Get stuck in as a starter or share as a main course with the table (medium portion for HKD1100, large portion for HKD1880).
With authentic dishes inspired by Spain’s passion for seafood, diners can kick off their meal with starters including Calamari “a la Andaluza”(HKD160) cooked Andalucian-style with squid from the Atlantic sea, Clams “almejas en salsa verde” (HKD130 for small portion, HKD210 for large) sourced from Brittany for their sweet flavour, Giant red carabineros prawns (HKD140 per piece) from Mediterranean waters and tenderGrilled Galician Octopus (HKD220) cooked in traditional Galician methods with a charcoal smokiness.
Mains include the finest Grilled Boston Lobster (HKD390) cooked Spanish style on a Josper grill to seal in the succulent flavours, the gently charred Atlantic Grilled Squid (HKD310) with fragrant garlic and crunchy mangetout, and the Rodaballo a la brasa (HKD100 per 100g), a beloved Basque authentic dish of whole turbot grilled in traditional besuguera (metal casing). The Seafood Baked Rice ‘Al Horno’ (HKD330) transports taste buds to a seafront Spanish restaurant with generous helpings of mussels, clams and blue prawns paired beautifully with perfectly crispy rice.
Hong Kong diners need not cast nets far for the flavours and aromas of the Spanish coast; look no further than The Optimist for a feast of market fresh seafood served daily.