We had wanted to try Bulla Gastrobar for a while and finally visited in July. They specialize in Tapas (small dishes) which are a staple in Spain. If you ever visited Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Coconut Grove’s Cocowalk back in the 90’s, you get the idea. We had early evening reservations and the place was starting to fill up. Later on it was quite packed with people.
We had a table for 4 in the left corner as you enter the restaurant. It was one of those high bar type small round table, 2 seats were booth style and the other 2 were tall bar stool types. Although we enjoyed ourselves, it made for a very tight space, specially getting in and out from the table. Those similar stools are all around the large square bar with a light marble top, right as you enter the restaurant. The whole decor is retro-modern, with hanging lightbulbs, wooden floors and table tops. Wooden planks with writing also decorate the walls. There are lots of large windows on both street sides of the corner restaurant.
Most all the Tapas small dishes cost $6.50, others run between $8. and $16. The Seasonal items cost in the teens and Larger Plates, like the Paella cost $39. There’s a separate Dessert Menu that offers most for $8. We ordered several Tapas, the Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelette) was pretty good, the Gambas All Ajillo (Shrimp) as well, the Chorizo (Sausage) with Olives, the Patatas Bravas (Potato cubes) had a bit too much “Brava” sauce on top, the Red Snapper on Quinoa soy salad was very good. We ordered a couple of the Croquetas de Jamon (Ham Croquetes) with fig jelly which were small but good.
Afterwards we tried a couple of Dessert dishes, the Torrija with ice cream (Brioche) and Copa Bulla ( Dulce Leche and Strawberries and Apples) both were very good. Several alcohol drinks including a Mojito, a Coke and 2 Cosmos rounded out the night’s order. So while most dishes are quite inexpensive since the Tapas are small, it does add up. The total bill was $200., or $100 per couple… which for Coral Gables dining is on the lower side.
Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables is located at 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd. For Reservations call 305-441-0107 or via opentable.com
You can check out their website for their whole menu at bullagastrobar.com