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No Bull About It

By: Carolina del Busto

Tucked away on the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Andalusia Avenue, just off Miracle Mile, in Coral Gables lies a tapas restaurant with the towering letters BULLA over its doors.

Bulla Gastrobar is the essence of Spanish cool. With bare wooden high-top tables paired with beige leather seats, a chalk board lining one of the back walls and exposed bulbs illuminating the area, it sets the perfect-yet-versatile ambiance for a romantic date, a business meeting, or a simple lunch treat.

The restaurant has dozens of savory dishes to choose from, with plenty of tapas choices or full-on entrées. May we suggest the Chorizo Cantimpalo for a starter? Because there’s no such thing as having tapas if you don’t include chorizo. In this case, it comes in a bed of oil, but despite the off-putting initial look, it is utterly delicious. Plus, the warmth of the oil makes for a nice dipping sauce for the toasted bread that accompanies the dish.

Bulla is the kind of place where the patrons range from Golden Girls enjoying an evening out, to young business professionals dressed like they are competing to be on the cover of GQ, to women with high heels and short skirts. There’s certainly something for everyone to satisfy their visual and physical appetite.

So put on some strapping skinny pants and a fitted blazer and head on over to Bulla Gastrobar. Order a classic sangría and be prepared to load the table with plates upon plates of delicious flavor.

One rule to remember here: don’t scream “Olé!” when they start coming out.

Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer who is happy to call Miami her home. She hopes to one day pen the great Cuban-American novel, but until then she fills her time with excessive television viewing, book reading and movie watching.