By Roz Skinner
There's something special about sitting in a restaurant and watching your food being prepared. At Cafe Sia, part of the dining experience is being able to see your pizzas disappear into the mouth of a wood-fired oven and emerge as bubbling circles of edible delight.
Since opening three years ago, Broadford based Cafe Sia has been supplying customers with the option to sit in or order a takeaway pizza – and 2017 will see the takeaway option expand with the addition of a dedicated takeaway area.
Complete with its own kitchen and oven, the new takeaway area is set to the left of the main entrance and will help keep the restaurant space streamlined. Tom Eveling, Cafe Sia's owner, says: "During our first summer, we realised we would need to add a takeaway extension. A backlog of takeaway orders can cause congestion in the kitchen, but the new dedicated takeaway area solves that."
Tom hopes to expand the takeaway menu to include morning rolls and breakfast baps, as well as serving pizza and chips. Also on the list of delicious takeaway treats is homemade ice cream. "I want to start small and build up, but we hope to have a special ice cream menu and add more sorbets," says Tom. "We are very influenced by Italian and Scottish flavours and want to share that with our customers."
Improvements have also been made to the sit in menu, including the addition of a salad section. "I'm focused on trying to promote a healthy eating option," reveals Tom. "We have tweaked our salads and now offer a bigger range."
Tom has been working on a solution for diners who wish to enjoy the views of the Cuillins, but don't enjoy getting wet or bitten by midges! "The decking to the right of the cafe will be turned into a conservatory area," he explains. "This means, whatever the weather, people can enjoy seeing the beautiful views and be comfortable." Tom hopes to have the conservatory in place by Easter 2018.
Tom is keen to provide food for those with special dietary requirements and has thought carefully about the 2017 Cafe Sia menu. "I have friends who are vegans and coeliacs," he points out. "I want everyone who visits to know that they will have something delicious to eat, whatever their requirements."