An Enthusiastic Ole for Bullfight

09.23.2015 by: Leah McGarry
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Bullfight, the latest project from Shawn Cirkiel, is now open, and it does not disappoint. Serving up authentic and unique Spanish tapas, this neighborhood restaurant seems to be just what Airport Blvd. was missing.


The restaurant itself is a welcoming indoor/outdoor concept. Sit outside on the patio lined with bougainvillea or enjoy indoor dining with an open air concept. Just remember to bring your sunglasses because it can stay pretty bright! We began our evening with a glass of the house sangria that packs a nice punch, unlike most watered down varieties.



Indoor outdoor seating at Bullfight



Traditional sangria to accompany an array of tapas


Our waiter advised us to order about six dishes for two people, and embarrassingly we ended up eating nine - it was that good! That said, we started off with three small bites off the snacks menu, priced reasonably at around $5 each. We loved the bacon-wrapped dates and jamon croquettes, and the fried eggplant tasted a bit like tempura with cinnamon seasoning. We also sampled the Jamon Serrano plate, aged 12 months, and served with delicious bread and tomato.



Bacon-wrapped dates, fried eggplant with cinnamon, and jamon croquettes



Jamon serrano aged 12 months with tomato bread


Next, we moved onto the classic portion of the menu and couldn’t resist the tortilla with caramelized onion and potato. This is a standard go-to for most tapas restaurants, and this was easily one of the best I’ve had. From the vegetables section of the menu, we selected the roasted mushrooms with garlic and a runny, cured egg in the center. This was a last-minute choice and became our favorite dish of the evening.



Spanish tortilla with caramelized onions and potatoes



Roasted mushrooms with a runny egg in the center was the star of the meal


For heavier dishes, we chose the diver scallops with hazelnut romesco and grilled scallion salsa verde. At $16 for just two scallops, this dish was pricey but worth it. We absolutely loved the combination of flavors, and the scallops were cooked to perfection. We also chowed down on the pork ribs with peppers and butter orange glaze, which was an extremely hearty portion compared to the scallops.



Diver scallops with salsa verde



A generous portion of pork ribs for $14


As if all that wasn’t enough, we capped off our meal with Turron de Chocolate, a decadent combination of cocoa crisp and caramelized fig helado.



Turron de Chocolate


Bullfight has received a lot of hype prior to opening, but I’m pleased to say it hasn’t been all talk. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and can’t wait to sample more of the menu. Be sure to also check out the restaurant for happy hour!


{Official website: Bullfight

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