The team at The Optimist is peerless, having held positions in kitchens, bars and hospitality all over the world for many years. The team comes together at The Optimist to bring guests the ultimate dining experience. Expect great food, great drinks and exceptional service.
Head Chef Antoni Roig brings over 10 years of international culinary experience in world-renowned Michelin star restaurants to Pirata Group’s Asador-inspired restaurant After completing a degree in culinary arts in his hometown of Valencia, Antoni moved to London for a position in the kitchen at Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin-starred Fat Duck, before moving on to El Sur, named Dubai’s Best Modern European Restaurant by What’s On Awards.
Most recently, Antoni’s role as inflight Chef at Etihad Airways honed his attention for detail and his ability to adapt to unpredictable situations, all while providing quality meals for travellers.
A hunger for a new adventure brought Antoni to Hong Kong to start his new chapter with Pirata Group. His passion for travel and food has led him to world-renowned restaurants across Europe, Asia, and the Middle-East. Born and bred in Valencia, Antoni charms guests in Spanish, Catalan, English and Portuguese while cooking up a storm in the kitchen. With a pan in one hand and a knife in the other, Antoni is always ready and eager to develop new innovative dishes.
With a warm smile and welcoming charm, The Optimist’s Restaurant Manager Natalja Frolova makes sure everything on the floor runs seamlessly. Her impressive career in hospitality has taken her around the world to work at 5 star hotels and restaurants including a nine-year stint in South America where she fell in love with the vibrant culture and diverse cuisine. After a few years in Spain, she left her management role in sunny Madrid for the buzzing metropolitan city of Hong Kong that she now calls home.
Natalja’s travel experience has given her a unique perspective on the restaurant industry and an intuition for what the discerning global diner wants. At The Optimist, Natalja guides guests through the restaurant’s rich Northern Spanish cuisine.