Sunday, February 1, 2015

Boo-Ya Baby

Bulla Gastrobar puts Coral Gables on your radar


If you don’t work or live in Coral Gables, you might rarely take US1 down to the tree-lined, sidewalk-paved restaurant row known as Miracle Mile.

Why, you ask, why suffer through that five-mile commute from Brickell? Because the old Por Fin restaurant that once parked its territory on the corner of Ponce de Leon has now been transformed into Bulla Gastrobar (pronounced boo-ya). Here are five reasons to make the trip:

1) Cool breezes blowing in through the open sliding glass door. Soft lighting caressing faces in the busy crowd. A refreshing glass of crisp Albarino Lagar de Cervera, your arriving as quickly as you did.

2) The fact that the intimate booths are as ideal for date night as the bar is for find-a-date night.

3) For the first opportunity since 2005 to un-self-consciously belt out a "BOO-YA." Let 'er rip.

4) Walnut-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. And pork and veal meatballs. Since the menu is served family-style, you've got the perfect excuse to ask the girl next to you to share.

5) Happy hour cocktails upstairs on the terrace, overlooking the streets from the comforts of the couch. 

Oh yeah, and an honorary 6): The opportunity to actually hashtag "#booya" and not get crap for it.

Bulla Gastrobar
2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
(305) 441-0107

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Street; garage
Scene: Thirsty afterwork social bar-goers 
Best bets: Huevos bulla; datiles con beicon; pork and veal meatballs
Hot seat: For now at the bar; come the following weeks, at the upstairs terrace
Nearby: Swine Southern Table & Bar; Hillstone; The Dome

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