Bulla Gastrobar is in the heart of restaurant row in downtown Coral Gables. With it's casual entry at the corner of Anastasia Street and Ponce De Leon Blvd, this gem which is based in the culinary world of northern Spain is an easy win for lunch or dinner. Essentially this is a small plate or tapas experience, though there are indeed full entrees. The cooking comprises the wonders of spanish sauces and seasoning with some entertaining deviations per chef. We prefer the tapas route. And more to the point the Tuna Tartare. It's top drawer. Ripertesque. But that's getting a little ahead....
The full bar offers all manner of exotic drinks. We enjoy the draft beers and the amazing sangria. An introduction to the menu is offered by the friendly servers, and well worth a listen. Over several visits in a short period of time you cut to the chase and prepare for a procession of taste treats. Unless you request, the foods plates are served one at a time and carefully orchestrated by the servers, which often allows two or more diners to sample a wide variety of the chef's fixins.
The lunch and dinner menus differ slightly but three or four dishes per person would do the trick for most. The Andalusia gaszpacho is a virtual cornucopia of fresh vegetable tastes wrapped into one cool and creamy mix. Serrano Ham and the smoked sausages are good for starters as well. The cheese plates are both traditional and blends: well worth savoring as you await the main (small) plates.
Here Bulla's kitchen shines with delightful and creative fare ranging from grilled pork to sauteed shrimp, from veal and pork meatballs to crispy potato cubes. Each stands alone. Each is great in combination. Let your server suggest...
The regular entrees are also remarkable. The churrasco plate, and grilled organic salmon are superb. Suckling pig with oyster mushrooms is a favorite.
Lunch sandwiches are SIZABLE and tasty. The pan seared pork loin and grilled chicken breast won't disappoint.
Bulla has earned a well deserved reputation and become a staple in the wild and wonderful world of Coral Gables culinary destinations. It's a bit pricey. But considering the level of food and service it's also a bit worth it. Enjoy
Reservations on the weekends and/or weekday happy hour would be wise.