Orlando Dining News Round-Up October 8 2016: Bulla Gastrobar, Axum Market Café, Trevi Pasta Express

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: openings, chef’s dinners, festivals, and a closing. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Bulla Gastrobar opens in Winter Park

Bulla Gastrobar, Central Florida’s newest Spanish family-style restaurant, officially opened its doors on September 28 at Lakeside Crossing in Winter Park.

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Tapa Toro Hosts Sabor! Summer Wine Dinners

Tapa Toro food

Tapa Toro has announced they will be hosting Sabor! A Summer Wine Dinner Experience on three select nights this summer.

Join Executive Chef, Wendy Lopez & Chef de Cuisine, Francisco Galeano for a new wine dinner series featuring 5 courses of off-the-menu dishes with fresh Spanish ingredients, all complete with fine wines imported from remote regions in Spain.

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Tapa Toro Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month With Special Lunch and Dinner Menus

Through October 15, Tapa Toro restaurant will be offering special lunch and dinner prix fixe menus to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Tapa Toro

Tapa Toro, which recently opened at I-Drive 360, specializes in Spanish cuisine, specifically tapas plates, and paella.

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Tapa Toro to Bring Authentic Spanish Cuisine to I-Drive 360 June 29

We have word the much-anticipated Tapa Toro restaurant will open at I-Drive 360 to serve authentic Spanish cuisine to Orlando on Monday, June 29.

Tapa Toro

Tapa Toro will pay tribute to classic and contemporary Spanish cuisine with a tapas menu, which will make use of imported signatures like chorizo and sherry, as well as local produce and organic proteins.

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Toca Boca at I-Drive 360 Changes Name to Tapa Toro Prior to Opening

Last month we told you about a new Spanish restaurant that was going to open in the I-Drive 360 complex. This week we found out that the restaurant has already undergone a name change prior to opening.

Tapa Toro

It has come to the attention of the owners, Katerina and Vassilis Coumbaros, that the original name, Toca Boca, was already being used by an international gaming company. In order to not have any confusion, they have decided to with a new name: Tapa Toro.

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Toca Boca Orlando to Bring Authentic Spanish Cuisine to I-Drive 360 This Spring

[Ed.note: 4/5/15- We’ve learned prior to opening, the name will now be Tapa Toro.]

I-Drive 360 will soon be home to an authentic Spanish cuisine experience provided by new restaurant Toca Boca Orlando. It will pay tribute to classic and contemporary Spanish cuisine with a robust tapas menu and “paella pit,” which will act as a focal point of the restaurant.

Toca Boca Orlando interior by Tina Marie Interior Design
Toca Boca Orlando interior by Tina Marie Interior Design

The concept comes from the husband-and-wife duo Katerina and Vassilis Coumbaros, the force behind popular Greek eatery Taverna Opa Orlando at Pointe Orlando. They were inspired by Spanish dedication to food and wine, and developed a menu full of indigenous ingredients, such as jamón, chorizo, olives, wines and cheeses.

Among the delights on said menu will be:

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Columbia Restaurant Celebrates “1905 Day”

The Columbia Restaurant has been serving world-famous Spanish cuisine since it first opened in 1905 in Ybor City, FL. Since then, the owners have expanded locations, including opening one in Celebration.

This Sunday, September 19, The Columbia Restaurant rolls back the prices for “1905 Day” to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the fourth and fifth generation family-owned business. As has been the tradition since their 75th anniversary, the Columbia has developed a special menu with the prices of yesteryear for this day.

Items will include: Chicken & Yellow Rice “Ybor” for $2.95, Boliche (eye round of beef) for $2.95, Merluza “A la Rusa” for $2.95, Columbia’s Original “1905 Salad” for $1.95, Sangria for $.95 cents, flan for $.50 cents, and their richly brewed American coffee for $.05 cents.

“1905 Day” specials run from noon until 7pm. On this day only, reservations are not accepted, and to go and take-out items are not available. It’s a popular event, so expect to wait for a table to become available.

The Columbia Restaurant is located at 649 Front St. in Celebration. Phone is 407-566-1505.

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