Whenever we cruise out of an interesting
destination like Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, we like to spend a few days
before or after the cruise to enjoy the local flavor. Finding and
revealing interesting local attractions and restaurants to our followers
is a primary objective of CruiseReport.com.
It was exactly one year ago that we had the opportunity to try Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables, prior to a cruise embarking out of Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale). A year later, we have the opportunity to visit their new sister location in Doral, FL, just about a mile from our Trump National Doral resort.
Bulla Gastrobar, Doral
We arrived at Bulla around 6:30pm on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was nearly empty, so we had no problem being seated immediately.
As soon as we were seated, we were
greeted by our waiter, Xavier, who took our order and delivered
everything promptly throughout our meal.
Xavier, our waiter
The tapas-style menu really suits us well. Rickee
and I ordered a variety of "small plates" to share. We decided to each
order a white wine Sangria to enjoy with our meal. The drink was filled
with strawberries and blueberries and was delicious and refreshing! Bulla has an extensive bar menu, and in fact, would be a great place to meet friends for a drink.
White wine Sangria
Our first small plate to arrive was the Albóndigas, veal and pork meatballs in a spicy tomato frito. The meatballs were juicy and tender and the sauce was spicy and flavorful, but not hot. They were delicious!
Next to arrive at the table were the Pimientos De Padrón,
blistered Shishito peppers in olive oil and sea salt. We first enjoyed
this dish in Barcelona last year and they instantly became our
favorite. The peppers are typically mild, but every now and then you
will come across a really spicy one, which is considered good luck!
Unfortunately, we did not find the spicy one this time. Rickee's Tortilla Española was a thick, traditional Spanish omelette filled with potato chunks and served with a delicious roasted garlic aioli.
Pimientos de Padrón and Tortilla Española
No visit to Bulla is complete without an order
of Pan de Cristal Con Tomate, toasted crispy bread topped with delicious
tomatoes. It was so good that I forgot to take a picture!
Paul DeMeza, Managing Partner
But that's not all, Paul DeMeza, the restaurant's Managing Partner, suggested we try their special dessert, Cremoso de Chocolate. The three layers of chocolate genois with vanilla ice cream, olive oil and Maldon salt was sublime. We are glad we saved a little room for dessert.
Cremoso de Chocolate
Our final verdict of Bulla Gastrobar, Doral is the same as for the Coral Gables location...wonderful. When you are in Miami for a cruise, make sure to spend a few days before or after the cruise to explore the local cuisine and area attractions. And, make sure to visit Bulla Gastrobar while you are here.
For more information, go to their website
5335 NW 87th Ave. #C102
Doral, Florida 33166
t: 305 260 6543
c: 786 202 1201