Bulla in Coral Gables: Instagram Beckons!
Order, too, the arroz a banda, a dish from Alicante ideal for sharing. The rice, slow-cooked in fish stock and baked until reaching a brittle crust, rests beneath grouper, mussels, shrimp, and calamari. Suck in the luscious aromas of steaming crustaceans. Slap away hands holding camera phones. Bulla's arroz a banda is finest when hot, far from the scrutiny of iPhone flashes.
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Quant almost plays it safe with his cremoso de chocolate. A quenelle of cool chocolate cream sprinkled with Maldon sea salt crests a triangular brownie -- warm, rich, and soft. Slivered toast rests like a fancy hat atop the delectable chocolate duo. Pick the cremoso over Bulla's flan. The custard, topped with tiny meringues and candied citrus, lacks the silken consistency of a proper crème caramel.
Or better yet: Opt for both the churros and the cremoso, along with some scarlet sangria, which mingles red wine, brandy, triple sec, Sprite, and slivered oranges; it is just as good when made with beer or white wine. Ask for another. Escort your drink from table to bar. Seek the boys in khaki. Find the women in white. Are they there? Watch as a novel crowd -- spry and young -- trickles in. Know this: The new Coral Gables is enjoyed best with a drink in one hand and pan con tomate in the other.
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