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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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