I found a new tapas restaurant….Bulla Gastrobar
Last week while running an errand with my oldest in the Gables area, we decided to try a nearby restaurant for lunch. Even though we do eat out often, somehow, Coral Gables is an area that we don’t often visit. Since there are so many new restaurants opening up just about every where, i used my yelp add to recommend nearby tapas restaurants. Several restaurants popped up but I think Bulla Gastrobar was in our destiny that afternoon as the yelp app said that we were right there, literally a few feet away.
We had no issues finding parking in the parking garage across from the restaurant at only $1.00/hour. We crossed the street to the restaurant and we saw that they also have valet parking for their patrons. When we got to the restaurant we were greeted by the hostess and seated right away. The place is very nice inside, its casual by classy, they have a full bar and you can sit by the far if you prefer.
Once we were seated I did worry a little as it was a little while before our server came to our table but after that everything was smooth sailing. Our server Adriana was pleasant and very helpful.
They have a nice wine list and a full bar, I ordered a beer for me, La Rubia from a local brewery in Miami. I first tasted La Rubia at the Beer Wall at BurgerQ in Downtown Dadeland.
We wanted to try a few of their tapa dishes so we asked Adriana our server what she recommends and she said the Huevos Bulla, the description of the dish was a little tricky for me as I am not a fan of runny eggs, but I like the Serrano ham and the other ingredients I really didn’t understand so we just told her to bring it.
I am so glad I ordered the Huevos bulla. Another server brought us the huevos bulla, the little black pot came with a fork and a spoon and the lady said that she has to mixed it for us, I am like, okay, this is new. She took the fork and the spoon and she chopped and mixed the ingredients together. As you can see from the picture below, it is a small pot with eggs, homemade potato chips, Serrano ham, potato foam and truffle oil. When I took the first bite of this dish that I really wasn’t crazy about, I was like OMG! it was so creamy, smooth, tasty, salty, simply delicious! This will be my go to dish when I go back to Gastrobar.
The next tapa dish that we ordered were the Ham Croquettes- not your Cuban style croquettes that is for sure. These were little balls with a creamy ham filling served with a fig jam. These little ham croquettes are definitely a classy take on the croquettes.
We then ordered the Fried Garbanzos, I love garbanzos, it happens to be one of my favorite legumes. The dish looked liked a soup or stew, fried garbanzos, chorizo and kale (not a fan of kale, but you can remove it if you don’t like it like I did). The broth itself was flavorful due to the chorizo, the garbanzos were tender. This dish is probably best ordered as a soup.
We finished off our tapas with the the Montadito de Costilla, four small bites of braised Short rib, tomato marmalade and Tetilla cheese (don’t know what kind of cheese that is but I am assuming it is from Spain). This bite was an explosion of flavors and the short rib just melted in my mouth.
Okay, now what, but dessert of course. We asked Adriana our server what desserts are on the menu. She named a few such as coconut flan and strawberries and cream but when she said churros, my son and I said, Churros please! Oh, but, wait, these churros are not the usual churros that you buy at the mall, the Bulla churros were made from quality batter and you can taste it. These little churros (only 4) came with caramel sauce and chocolate sauce.
To sum-up my Bulla Gastrobar meal, Great location, casual dining, excellent service, beautifully decorated and great food. Look them up as they also have a new location in my are of Doral.