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.