Winter Park is ripe with brunch options, from quaint eateries to trendy locales. Bulla Gastrobar lands right in between.
Inspired by famous gastrobars in Spain, Bulla is built on a foundation of tapas-style dining, where guests can sample a variety of dishes, meats, and cheeses. Yet, Bulla caters to every style of guest — even those who crave larger plates. From traditional paella and patatas bravas to specialties like Huevos Bulla, you can truly craft your ideal brunch experience.
Bulla’s extensive drink list rivals that of many brunch offerings around town, with nearly 70 selections for wine, as well as beer, cocktails, sangria, and lemonades.
If you’re not sure where to start, look to the seasonal offerings. This summer, Bulla is offering the Agua de Valencia (Bombay Dry Gin, Skyy Vodka, sparkling wine, orange juice) and the Passion Jalapeño Margarita (Lunazul Blanco Tequila, passion jalapeño syrup, Triple Sec, lime juice). The first is a cheery breakfast pairing, light enough to be enjoyed with any meal. The second is a bit more adventurous (spicy!), but delicious nonetheless.
I JUST WANT SOMETHING LIGHT.
Looking for a light bite? Start with meats and cheeses, then order a variety of tapas with friends. After all, it’s what put Bulla on the brunch map.
Cured meats: Jamón Serrano, Paleta Ibérica de Bellota Fermín, Coppa, Chorizo, Lomo Ibérico, Salchichón
Cheese: Idiazábal, Tetilla, Mahón, Manchego, Murcia al Vino
Not sure what you prefer? Order the Chef’s Board to sample Tetilla, Manchego, Serrano ham, chorizo, walnuts, and olives. There’s also the option to add pan con tomate for a crispy bite.
Small plate options include grilled steak, Andalusian Gazpacho, Patatas Bravas, Avocado Toast, Ceviche de Jalapeño, and more. The only foreseeable problem with small plates is craving so much more once you taste the masterfully prepared dishes.
ACTUALLY, I AM HUNGRY.
Bulla is perhaps best known for its tapas, but the entrees are not to be missed. If you’re looking for something filling, consider the seafood paella or brunch paella, both crafted with Valencia-style rice and topped with fresh ingredients. There are also your classics: a Bulla Burger with smoked paprika fries or Steak and Eggs. We opted for the Chicken and Waffles — fluffy buttermilk waffles topped with perfectly fried chicken and served with a side of rosemary maple syrup.
If you’re like me, and you love to leave brunch full enough to last until dinner, design a three-course meal from the prix fixe menu ($29.50/person). The ever-popular avocado toast is served piled high with smashed avocado, sliced tomato, and a generous helping of fresh-grated Idiazabal cheese (the hallmark of a perfect bite). Other options include Smoked Salmon Montaditos, Croquetas de Jamón, and Watermelon Salad — a summer staple.
There are eight options for the second course, from burgers to benedicts and several egg dishes. As I am of the “potatoes any way” brunch style, I opted for the Huevos Bravos, piled high with two fried eggs, shoestring potatoes, sautéed onions and peppers, and brava sauce (it’s spicy and magical).
If you’ve saved room for dessert, great! If you didn’t, shame on you. There are five selections, including Torrija, Flan de Coco, Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, Churros con Chocolate, and Hazelnut Waffles. I opted for the churros, and I will admit, I did consider finishing off the chocolate sauce with a straw. Yeah, that good.
You can also opt to add bottomless sangrias and mimosas for $19/person.
Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. If you prefer to dine out later in the day, there’s also a seasonal summer menu, complete with dishes like Bombas de Chorizo, Summer Salad, Beef Tartare, Stuffed Piquillos, and Grilled Steak with Broccolini.
Reservations can be made via OpenTable.