Downtown Doral is killing it lately. Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market wowed us a few weeks back, and now another restaurant juggernaut is changing the neighborhood food scene for the better: Bulla Gastrobar. The beloved Coral Gables Spanish restaurant opened its Doral outpost last month and, if you’re a fan of the original, you’re going to love this one, too.
The 5,500-square-foot Doral location maintains the quality we’ve come to expect from its Gables sibling: attentive service, awesome food and a kick-ass vibe. El Bulli alum Miguel Rebolledo is leading the kitchen at this venue, so you know you’re in very good hands. Bulla favorites like the almighty Huevos Bulla (jumbo egg, potato chips, Serrano ham, potato foam, truffle oil), Gambas al Ajillo (sauteed shrimp, garlic, guindilla) and Croquetas de Jamón with fig jelly have made their trek west; in fact, the menus of the two restaurants are almost identical.
There’s one major difference between the two locations, though: the Josper Oven. The Doral location has this highly coveted oven that only a few restaurants in the U.S. have. It’s an oven and grill at the same time, ensuring quick cook times and exceptional output. The Cubano Iberico (Bulla’s take on a Cuban sandwich) was cooked in the oven, and it was definitely a crowd pleaser. Its mustard aioli should be bottled up and sold.
We’ve always stuck to tapas at Bulla, but the evening’s rice dish — arroz marinero — caught our tastebuds’ fancy and will definitely have us looking beyond our usual choices. Rice and seafood are the perfect combo, and these clams and shrimp didn’t disappoint. As for dessert, spend some extra time at the gym and splurge on the cremoso de chocolate: three layer chocolate genoise, vanilla ice cream, olive oil and Maldon salt; the playful plating brings the dish full circle. Not in the mood for decadence? The flan de coco will satisfy your sweet tooth without making you hate yourself too much.
It’s exciting to see all these great eateries popping up in Downtown Doral. We’ve always thought of Doral as the land of national chains and fast food, but this community is making strides toward changing that reputation. Having a stellar tenant as Bulla is sure to drive droves to the growing area, and with more awesome restaurants on deck — including sister restaurant Pisco y Nazca — it’s only a matter of time before Downtown Doral becomes one of the next hot dining destinations.