Filipinos are known for their passion for food and it is said that we eat a minimum of five times a day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, few “official” snack times like the obligatory merienda, and a few munches in between. Nowhere is this passion for food larger than life than Bacolod City, the unofficial food capital of Western Visayas. Lacson Street is Bacolod’s tourism strip, cafes and restaurants are lined up in the whole stretch. Feeling the urge for afternoon snacks? I recommend trying Buglas Coffee Bar, beside Business Inn.
Buglas is the pre-Hispanic name for Negros Island and has been the term used to connote simple Negros living. Indeed, the café’s interiors have a rustic feel that still compliments their more modern basic café equipments. Opened just a little over a year ago, this coffee joint has attracted loyal patrons from all over Bacolod City, mostly students, due to its big servings but at a cheaper price. In fact students flock Buglas Coffee Bar as a favorite spot for group studies and thesis writing. It is a dating spot for some young lovers.
The café’s best offerings are their very generous servings of fast but healthy food selections that are friendly to the pocket. Buglas Coffee Bar takes pride in the fact that the food is fresh, delivered, cooked, and served on the same day. Bestsellers are Beef Nachos with the nachos handmade, Yang Chow Rice bowl with selection of chicken and pork for lunch goers, and Pulled Pork with Cheese Buns moist and soft. Yang Chow Rice and Beef Nachos are fit for two, while the Pulled Pork with Cheese Buns is a very filling treat.
While group meals are sellers in Buglas Coffee Bar, the crowd drawer and king of the café is the Burger El Grande. A pound of pure beef, sandwiched between layers of cheese, lettuce, and a giant bun proves to be a challenge even for the seasoned foodie. They even offered to have the whole burger free for those who can fine it up within fifteen minutes. None are successful and we never dare take the challenge as we want to enjoy the meal. What impressed us is not the size but the juiciness of the patty, with the moist bun.
A heavy meal deserves a cup of coffee, not just an ordinary cup but the so-called rice coffee. Called Sara-Sara in Hiligaynon, rice coffee trace its origin in the Japanese occupation, when the war dwindled the supply of coffee beans. Not wanting to kick off the old habit of coffee every morning, local folks looked for an alternative seed to roast and they discovered that roasted rice yields a similar flavor but slightly sweeter with starchy texture. Buglas Coffee Bar maintains the traditional way brewing, boiled and sifted by hand.
For a few who still have a space for dessert, the cafe offers artisan chocolate made from local cacao and bite-sized pastries. Buglas Coffee Bar offers not only filling and stomach-bursting meals but also a cozy atmosphere to think and discuss ideas. Artists meet here occasionally to update themselves with the latest in art, and share their new master works. For sale at the cafe are some comic books made by the local comic artists to support the community. If you find yourself in Bacolod, a visit to Buglas is a must-not-miss.
Buglas Coffee Bar
G/F China Bank Savings Bldg.,
Lacson-Rizal Sts., Bacolod City
Telephone No. (034) 476-8600
Monday to Saturday, 8am to 12mn