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“Great food and atmosphere”
Review of Bulla Gastrobar

Bulla Gastrobar
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Ranked #4 of 388 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 30 - USD 30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Andalusia Avenue
Description: Bulla (boo-ya), which is slang for chatter and what people are talking about, is devoted to delight you by serving your favorite Spanish dishes such as "Patatas Bravas," "Huevos Bulla," "Buñuelos de Bacalao," and other tapas, as well as tantalizing daily specials from our kitchen to bed shared amongst friends. We select only the finest and freshest ingredients, accented in our authentic, savory cuisine. Our ambiance is created to stir the senses and stimulate your appetite. We invite you to join us to indulge in a celebration of good taste!
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Can't wait to go back, nice to hangout with friends or on a romantic dinner. Service was over the top and the food was delicious. Very clean and management was always making sure everything was perfect. Great place for happy hour.

Thank LuluAcosta
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Came during Miami Spice. The mixed salad was good and a fair portion. The pork Sandwiche was flavorful and came with potato cubes. The skirt steak is the best I have had. Dessert was flan and fruit. Service was attentive. Definitely will return.

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Reviewed 16 September 2016

Was looking for typical Spanish Tapa food place to eat and did not find it here. The menu was catered to a new generation of people going there, who have no clue what authentic food from Spain is. They didn't have Calamari frito, Pulpo a la Gallega dishes, anything that resemble being in Spain. The restaurant is pretty and the bar is really nice but forget about the real food in this place. I'd rather go to a little hole in the wall where they serve the real Spanish food as oppose to this place. For those of you who travel know exactly what I mean.

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Denise E, Director of Sales at Bulla Gastrobar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Dear Guest,

Please excuse my late response. We want to thank you for the feedback. We are very sorry to hear that food didn’t meet your expectations. We have shared this information with our Chef and Managing Partner for improvements. We’ll love to see you back soon and offer the amazing experience you were expecting.

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Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

It's a busy restaurant in downtown Coral Gables. I'ts good for a business, friends or family lunch. Also couples but not a romantic spot if that's what you're looking. The food was good, it seemed homemade. Simple and tasty.

Thank Luchi F
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

Bulla Gastrobar
At Doral

Solo Bulla is not enough to succeed...

Finally, after many years, we had motive to drive down from our North Orlando home to Miami; Jose Carlos, one of our dearest godsons that live and works there, was getting marry last August. As soon as we had that great news I planned-as usuall- a mini Gastrotour not only in Miami at its surroundings, but in Palm Beach as well.
Later on, our planned road-tour and Gastrotour, suffered alterations; Rafa, husband of Angui our oldest daughter, needed a hip surgery and it was scheduled at Doral on those days.
Life is always full of surprises; my son was staying overnight there-as well- with his kids, in his way to pick his son in his SummerCamp nearby New York.
I took care of finding out our place to stay. As we needed a comfy, informal and adequate hotel, with facilities rather similar to an apartment or one of those popular time sharing resorts...our selected "hub" was "Provident Doral" at the Blue ( ...Blue, stands for Doral famous Blue Monster Golf Course)
After Rafa's recovery from hip surgery and he was well enough, we were wondering and touristing around with his kids...2 of our grandchildren.
Day before we were off to our "regular planned" Gastrotour down to our original "hub-hotel"- the Mandarin at Brickell areas- we went for a light early dinner, just across The Provident, at "Bulla" in a new developed restaurants and shopping areas with locations-as well- in Coral Gables
Until that moment we din't know about it; we went there just because its nice exterior image and strategic location for us. Later on I learned that it was a kind of gastrobar chain in the move for expansions...as they are opening another one just across- Winter Park's Hillstone- one of ours very favorite places, here in Orlando.
"Bulla" is kind of Spanish words that originally stands for "a noisy chat", but as slang it can means-as well- "something making attractive movements to attract attentions"....like lets say in spanish:
......"HAGAMOS UNA BULLA ...HEY HEY" !
My daughter, who is an expert and fine cooker, was mentioning after the experience there (regardless it's owned by a well known Floridian chef)...
that "Con solo Bulla...it's not enough" !
We -and she- knows that they are still doing its "pininos" opening works, but they do need better training in service, standards in recipes qualities and revised some items in their menu prices to set them more accordingly to that kind of informal-unpretentious Pub-gastroplace... Similarly to those in Spain !
As they states; we noticed that its bar is the center of attraction, but they need to improve the highlighted-advertised emphasis on its quality for gastronomic creations.
They proudly say that they select "only the finest and freshest ingredients, accented in our authentic, savory cuisine". with and ambiance created to stimulate our senses and appetite....via the good tastes on recipes.
As self-proclaimed foodie...beyond gastronome I fill like being a "gourmand",
which is a not so demanding-but fair enough- gastronome...a Foodie !
I'm not saying that "Bulla" places are not good, but they can be much better, besides creating that noisy ambiance; their menu is too large and for better quality control they should narrow it down a little.
ie I would take off "Camarones al Curry" and some other recipes that, rather than enhancing, are complicating its kitchen works and proper service
But...whatever they do:
PLEASE KEEP THAT FANTASTIC SELECTION OF QUESOS AND EMBUTIDOS !
We ordered Sangrias for my wife and daughters...which was great and good looking in its glass, which can be upgraded to a better nicer high Glass.
As Rafa and myself couldn't drink much of alcohol we just had a glass of nice white Albariño and a white Tempranillo wines...Spaniard-of course !
As first appetizer we had their nice Charcuterie and Cheeses plates, but as always is; "Murphy's Laws" were present...no-Mahon cheese ( one of our fatherland favorites) was available that day !
Their "Buñuelos de Bacalao" could be nice to regular costumers, but not to us as this is a traditional catalan recipe from Constanza, our grandmother's daily cooking. It was lacking more Bacalao (Cod) flavors on it as it was bland and rather tasteless...suggestions; put more bacalao (desalao perhaps) on it
Something similar were those tastes in their "Croquetas de Jamon"... Iberico ?
They mini "Bulla's Burger" with 5 days dry-aged meat, piquillos, onions, tetilla honey ? and thyme in a brioche...were very good
Their "Montaditos" were very tasty and great...but nothing to rave about were their Braised Short Ribs served with deep fried yuca for us.
Early dinner was treat from Angui, our oldest daughter, and we don't know what Total was our check from Bulla, but she mentioned that wasn't as low as we were expecting it
I needed to leave before all finishing that meal...something that I don't like as family traditions, but we were heading to the Mandarin Hotel and you are probably well aware about those terrific traffic in Palmetto's 826 and 836...
...and I-95 in those rush hours there !
BUT...ONCE IN THE MANDARIN; it was like Paradise found !

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1  Thank acasasnovasg
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Denise E, Director of Sales at Bulla Gastrobar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Dear Joel,

Please excuse my late response. We want to thank you for the feedback. We are glad to hear you love our selection of cured meats and cheeses as much as we do. We have shared your review with our Managing Partner for consideration. We’ll love to see you back soon!

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