Happy Holidays everyone! I am sure you are wondering where I have been, and if you follow me on Instagram, you can see that I have been busy eating all over Tampa Bay. I have really missed writing and am ready to get back to it. I have so much to share with all of you and am excited to feature the incredible cuisine at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa
Fun fact: I used to work at Bulla.
Back in the late summer of 2017, I was hired as a bartender at Bulla and went through an intensive training program prior to them opening in the SoHo area of South Tampa. I LOVED working there and the only reason I left was due to having babysitter issues and not being able to work late nights. My time at Bulla was an incredible experience and I made some very special friendships.
If you are not familiar with Bulla, let me give you a little background. Bulla was conceived in Coral Gables, FL by restaurateur Carlos Centurion, and was inspired by the famous gastrobars in Spain. With an open kitchen that focuses on the finest and freshest ingredients, seasonal menus, handcrafted cocktails, and just an overall vibe of “fun,” Bulla is one of the best dining destinations in Tampa.
I was graciously invited to stop by and try their new “Lightning Lunch,” which was created for busy professionals in Tampa Bay. This new lunch offers a 20 minute in-house guarantee from the time your food order is placed, to the time it reaches your table. How cool is that? I am often in a rush and prefer to dine at a nice place than to get fast food, and this is certainly music to my ears.
This is the perfect time for you to stop by Bulla and to enjoy their new lunch special. It is offered Monday through Friday and for just $12.95, you can pick two courses from their incredible menu.
I began my meal with one of my favorites, their Sangria Blanca. A beautiful blend of Cava, peach schnapps, triple sec, fresh strawberries, and blueberries, it is a great way to begin your dining experience at Bulla.
Since I love tapas, I decided to try a few of them in lieu of an entree. As soon as I saw that they had Chorizo Stuffed Dates, I knew I had to order them. Stuffed dates are one of my favorites and I had never had them with chorizo. These are perfect for sharing with a friend and a glass of wine.
I was trying not to be too bad, so I also ordered their Sauteed Garlic Shrimp, which are perfect if you are trying to follow a keto lifestyle. These shrimp are outstanding and I love that they are sauteed with brandy and red pepper flakes for a little extra kick.
I always loved the Tuna Tartar from when I worked at Bulla before, so I ordered that as well. A combination of Ahi tuna, mango, avocado, soy sesame vinaigrette, and Sriracha aioli, it is also perfect for sharing. I managed to eat everything by myself, but since they were tapas, I didn’t leave feeling overly stuffed.
Now, you can’t possibly go to Bulla without ordering dessert. I am pretty much obsessed with their Churros Con Chocolate, which are traditional fried dough, served with chocolate sauce and dulce de leche. I dare you not to devour all of them in one sitting! I always do and that is why I run a lot.
I would like to thank Bulla for hosting me and I can’t wait to return with some friends for our annual New Year’s Brunch. Bulla has one of the best brunch menus in Tampa so I urge you to go check them out.
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****Disclaimer. Bulla Gastrobar invited me to lunch in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.