Bulla in Coral Gables: Instagram Beckons!
Venture to the dining room, where chalkboards list Spanish dishes and swaddle blond wooden walls, to sample Quant's small-plates cuisine. The tortilla española layers thick slices of onions and potatoes fried in olive oil. Bulla's version, cut in a slender slab, is almost traditional. But a swooshed dollop of chorizo purée pushes it past convention. (Spicy pork sausage is always attention-grabbing.) Doused in fried tomato paste, the albóndigas, veal and pork meatballs, swim in milky stracciatella. Croquetas de jamón, golden bits of pinguid beauty, gleam beneath a thin fig jam glaze. Quant's cookery borders on ordinary, but it triumphs with the teeniest of novelties.
billwisserphoto.com Albóndigas at Bulla Gastrobar
Bullas' gambas al ajillo combine rock shrimp, sliced garlic, guindilla pepper, and extra-virgin olive oil. The dish exudes classic Spanish cooking -- but Quant's shrimp needs no innovation. What it does require is more bread. Ask waiters in matching polo shirts for additional pan, ideal for plunging into sizzling shrimp juices.
Want cheese? Choose from Cabrales, manchego, Idiazabal, Leonora, Mahón, tetilla, and Catalonian Garrotxa. Prefer ham? Select from serrano, fuet, salchichón, butifarra, chorizo Cantimpalo, and sobrasada cured meats. The artfully arranged platters carry ribboned charcuterie and cheeses crowned with dried fruit and grilled toast. Instagram beckons! At Bulla, catch neighbors snapping photos, writing Yelp reviews, and asking staff for the restaurant's Twitter handle. Let everyone know: You're in the Gables. You're at Bulla.