A Cheat Sheet to Spanish Food in the Downtown
Spanish food is the type of cuisine that brings people together. Going out and bonding over tapas is a popular activity that Spanish restaurants offer all around the world. Whether you’re looking for a more traditional or modern take on this type of cuisine, Downtown Coral Gables has several restaurants to choose from:
Bellmont Restaurant: Family-owned business, Bellmont, stays true to its homeland’s cooking style with authentic flavors and traditional offerings. Owners Sergio Bellmont and Claudia Romero combine their team’s professional skills and knowledge, enthusiasm for success and endless positive morale, into the restaurant’s mission. Guests are able to experience the best fresh products on the market every day, as well as one-on-one interaction with Sergio and Claudia. Must-try dishes include: 5J 100% Ibérico Puro De Bellota, Cochinillo a la Leña, Paella de Mariscos, Solomillo a la Piedra and Tortilla de Patatas.
Bulla Gastrobar: Inspired by Madrid’s tapas scene, Bulla’s tantalizing creations are served as they’re prepared, to be shared amongst good friends and paired with a great drink. The emphasis is on quality gastronomic creations made with the finest and freshest flavors. Bulla Gastrobar is the place to visit if you’re looking for tantalizing tapas, seasonal menus, hand-crafted cocktails and an impressive wine list. Their gastropub atmosphere has an inviting fun, casual and buzzing scene. Must-try dishes include: Huevos “Bulla”, Patatas Bravas, Croquetas de Jamon, Montaditos, Paella, Arroz Caldoso and Torrija.
La Dorada: A traditional Spanish food establishment, specializing in seafood and Spanish Mediterranean cuisine. La Dorada receives fresh fish and seafood products directly from the Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic Sea and the Cantabrian Sea. It is the first and only Spanish restaurant in the United States to receive the “International Five Star Diamond Award” and the “Five Star Green Diamond Award” by The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS). The restaurant uses fully organic, natural ingredients with no preservatives, chemicals or additives that damage the environment or health. Thanks to high-quality ingredients, traditional character and professional team, guests can expect to encounter an experience unlike no other. Must-try dishes include: Chanquetes con Huevos Fritos, Shellfish Seafood, Paella de Pescado y Mariscos and Lubina Salvaje del Mediterraneo en Costra de Sal Marina.
La Taberna Giralda: If you’re looking for a cozy, festive space with traditional Spanish fare, hot and cold tapas plus wine in casual digs, La Taberna Giralda is for you. Its warm and inviting atmosphere combined with vibrant music and flamenco nights make it the perfect space for any event or gathering. Their gorgeous terrace is an ideal space for outdoor private events as well as lunch or dinner parties. Their menu items include Spain’s traditional dishes as well as new variations. Must-try dishes include: Jamon con Melon, Chuleton de Buey, Fabes con Almejas, Salpicon de Mariscos and Arroz con Leche.
Mara Basque Cuisine & Lounge: Bold flavors in an elegant and welcoming environment is what Mara Basque Cuisine & Lounge is all about! The restaurant introduces authentic Basque recipes to its visitors. The creative, Basque-based menu is designed to entice your palate and take you places where, perhaps, you haven’t been before. Must-try dishes include: Carpaccio de Vieiras, Chuleton de Black Angus, Pulpo a Feira and Paella de Marisco.
Now you’re all set for Iberian classics!