One To Try: South Australian Café Of The Year

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If you’re heading to Gawler, live around the area or you’re just passing through, there’s one place you can’t miss: Café Sia Gawler.

Since opening a couple of years ago, they’ve managed to nab a few pretty spiffy awards including the 2015 and 2016 Host Plus Restaurant Award for Excellence and Best Café Restaurant. Most notably, however, they recently took home the title of Café of the Year at the Restaurant and Catering Awards last year! Our fingers and toes are crossed for them in 2017.

Located in Evanston, along the outskirts of the Gawler Green Shopping Centre, this funky and fresh restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This family-owned business source most of their produce locally, you’ll find fruit and veg from the Pooraka markets, plus plenty of locally-sourced wine including Penfolds Wines, Rockford Wines and Wolf Blass Wines.

They do a bit of everything at Cafe Sia, and strive to keep it modern and urban, yet inviting to anyone and everyone. Their menu ranges from classic recipes like their salt and pepper squid or margherita pizza, to the newest crazes like their ultimate shakes or dessert pizza. So you’ll be able to bring grandma here, as well as hipster Becky from that pot throwing class you took that one time.

“Café Sia brings our family together in a celebration of everything that’s good in life, with our Lebanese heritage and our Italian wives heritage combining to deliver a truly urban and modern Mediterranean dining experience where – it’s fair to say – our mum Jeanette’s falafels remain a hero dish!” says co-owner, Gaby Haidar.

With an entire gluten-free menu, as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, you’ll find something here for just about anyone. Their gluten-free menu is one element they pride themselves on; they go so far as to have a separate fryer for those who are gluten-free, so when you’re eating there you can be sure there’s no cross-contamination.

The venue itself is funky and modern, with the bar located in the centre of the restaurant and tables and chairs around it. Their tables are rustic timber, the bar is all tiled and they’ve even got wine shelves hanging from the ceiling. Surrounded by windows, there’s plenty of natural light, so you won’t feel too bad about sitting inside instead of being outside. Just imagine sitting in there on a wet day, with a nice warm coffee as you see the rain fall outside the floor to ceiling windows… so relaxing.

Ps. We thought you should know they do weekly “All You Can Eat Monday” dinners, with bottomless plates of pizzas, pastas and salads. Hell to the yeah.

You can stay up to date with all the happenings – from their weekly specials to events – on   Cafe Sia’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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