Bula Vinaka Opens in Red Hill

Broadsheet Brisbane

A slice of Fiji with a side of lawn bowls.


James and Shika Furminger weren’t looking to start a cafe. The newlyweds, who met while teaching at a local primary school, stumbled upon the venue after arriving at their local bowls club for “a bowl and beer”.


“We got hungry, and enquired [about] what happened to the cafe [formerly Arthur’s Green],” recalls Shika. The place was vacant and open for applicants. “Being a passionate cook and James a foodie, we thought this was a great opportunity and said, ‘Yes we can do this’.”


They opened Bula Vinaka (which translates to a warm “hello” in Fijian) to introduce both Fijian and Indo-Fijian food to the locals, paying homage to Shika’s heritage (Suva-born of Indian descent). Indo-Fijian food uses ingredients commonly found in the Pacific (think curries mixed with coconut, ginger and root crops). “It’s very different to Indian cooking,” Shika says.


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