Tucked away in The Working Capitol, people may assume that Bula Cafe may be an in-house café instead of one that is opened to the public.
The café at this particular location has also changed hands / names quite a number of times in recent years, from The Daily Roundup, 1KS by Park Bench Deli, to Working Class Coffee.
The word “Bula” means “life” in Fiji, and is generally used as a greeting to one another, suggesting that the café is a place where you get to meet people and share life.
Upon entering, you should spot a striking Tiffany Blue coffee machine that’s in contrast with the entire café’s aesthetic.
It definitely feels homely and not like one of those cafes meant for Instagram purposes. It’s a good place to catch up with a friend, do some work (free wi-fi) and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Not only that, this homely café transforms into a bar at night, so if you need some after work booze, Bula is the place to be.
During day time, Bula Café mainly serves coffee, toasts and rice bowls.
Though I heard that they are going to go through a major revamp in August, and that the rice bowls may slowly be phased out.
The Flat White ($5.50) was made with beans from Allpress Espresso, New Zealand. (Quite a number of cafes such as Plain Vanilla and Baker & Cook uses the beans from Allpress as well.)
I have a thing for the kind of cups they use in a café. Seeing that the coffee was served in a millennial pink coloured cup, it felt like a breath of fresh air from the usual monochromatic ones.
It is details like this that differentiate cafés from one another.
Not forgetting quality as well, the coffee was good – smooth and fragrant, with lots of customers coming in opting for takeaways.
Now for the main attraction – the toasts. (These will still be on the menu after the revamp).
For a $9 Avocado and Feta Toast, I must say that avocado lovers (and hipster millennials) would find the amount of avocado provided quite value-for-its-money.
This is considering most Avocado Toasts around could cost anything from $12 to $18 around.
I really loved the ingredient to toast ratio – one bite and you get both the crunch from the toast, and the creaminess from the avocado as well.
The toast is topped with Feta cheese and a sprinkle of spices that elevated the entire dish, though I would have loved slightly more feta.
They have various top-up options for the toast, such as eggs ($1.50), sautéed mushroom ($3.50) and even smoked salmon ($6.00). Reminder to self: add a poached egg next time.
The Cheesy Scrambled Eggs Toast ($8.50) one the other hand was slightly more disappointing.
While the eggs were buttery and well-seasoned, the texture could have been runnier and fuller.
For those that want to experience Bula Café, they have a Saturday Brunch as well – with $10 cocktails, build your own breakfast as well as croissantwiches.
1 Keong Saik Road, #01-02, Singapore 089109
Tel: +65 8814 9358
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun
* Written by DFD’s Café Correspondent @__sy_g. Songyu is a food and travel blogger whose hobby is uncovering hidden hipster cafes. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.