Austin >Food & Dining > Swad Indian Vegetarian Rstrnt
9515 N Lamar Blvd Ste 156, Austin, TX | Directions 7875330.364863 -97.695999
Neighborhoods: North Lamar, North Lamar
Swad – An extensive menu of South Indian & Pakistani street food, all vegetarian. Very casual, and good for groups.
Best Indian Food outside India – Wow -been searching for memorable Indian food in Austin for 2 years. Had virtually given up finding any place worth going back to. Then we tried some stuffed chillis and samosas at the grocery store next door. They told us that they came from Swad, so we went to the source for dinner. We've made two trips to India, and I can honestly say it the Swad meal is one of the best restaurant meals we've ever had! Ordered several dishes including a thali. We ordered some things extra hot, which didn't seem to work too well, but I think that's normal the first time (they're afraid of testing western palates until they know you personally).Swad has a good selection of foods on the menu. The side dishes were also excellent. I think our favorite main dish was the utthapam. Everything came at a reasonable price. We love to cook India food, but South Indian seems particularly difficult to replicate. We'll definitely be visiting on a regular basis.
Try Bombay Express! – This place is any day better than Swad, the owners at Bombay Express are very friendly, and the food is real authentic Indian food,
I eat there at least twice a week. I am a vegetarian and this is the place for people like us. they also have vegan options. Its at the corner of parmer and IH35 in the Walmart complex
Pretty Dang Good. – I went to Swad just last night for the first time, and I was impressed. It is a place for folks who just want to go grab some good Indian food. If you're looking for some romantic, overplayed, cultural experience, I don't think this is your place. If you're looking to go to a place just as you are, with friends or family or by yourself, then you should try it out. I tried the Thali Special there, and despite my large appetite and most stalwart effort, I could not tackle the whole thing. The variety plate offered flavors that I have not come by in any of the Indian places I have been in Austin. In addition, the price is right. I came out of there bursting at the seams for right at $12 (with tip), and I think that a person could get away with just as much or more food for less money at Swad.
WARNING!--Not what it once was – I loved this place, years ago. Then, sometime around three years ago, it changed. The mean old woman who used to work the counter, but knew her stuff, was replaced by a younger woman who is constantly badgered by the old woman when the old woman comes out from the kitchen. It is sad to watch. The food also changed for the worse. It was spicy, if you wanted it that way, but they could also tone things down for a more "Westernized" palate. No longer. All of the food we had, the last two times, was just about impossible to eat because of the hot, hot peppers in it. We asked for mild, and got fire, instead. I don't want to come off as one to judge ethnicity, but the very positive reviews here, in the recent past, appear to come from folks from India, perhaps, as judged by screen names used and grammar in the posts. These folks are used to, and like, fiery food. That's fine. As judged by the crowds that consisted of 99% non native-born US dwellers the last two times we were there, Swad is doing fine. It seems they have decided to snub us non-Indian folks, and that's their right, I suppose. I like tasty Indian food and cook it, as well, but the ultra-hot stuff is not for me and I would guess, as judged by the aforementioned ethnicity of the crowds now, not for many other US-born folks. Too bad. I do miss the old Swad and think about it each time I shop at the Indian grocery store next to it.
Great Indian Food & excellent service – Recently we moved from ATL to AUS and after trying all Indian Restaurants that are located around (close to 6 of them ? both veg and non-veg restaurants)..I personally feel this is one of the best restaurant that we like and prefer as they serve wide variety of vegetarian dishes which they normally have for buffet or excellent items listed on menu.
Any time when we plan on dinning out our first preference is always this SWAD Indian restaurant then follows other restaurants. I highly recommend this restaurant for their great food and excellent service
Best Indian Food in100 mile radius! – Swad is by far the best indian food in at least 100 mile radius. I live 70 miles from Austin but we would drive down to Austin just for the Swad food. I have known the operators for past 15 years and the person who commented about their honesty needs to have their head examined. They are by far the most honest business people, always deliver more. I recommend this place highly.
Always Tasty, Always Cosy, and Usually Busy! – You would never guess that in the sort of dreary shopping mall near Rundberg and Lamar, there would be such a treasure, a vegetarian's home-away-from-home... Soothing aromas envelope you when you open the door, and there is usually a diverse and happy crowd - it's definitely family-friendly.
The Eggplant Pakoras and Methi (fenugreek leaf) Pakoras are scrumptious fritters that go well with indian lemonade or falooda (a creamy coconut-rose drink), and the Kachi Dabeli are like tidy Indian sloppy joes! It's true!
The six-tastes platter, called a "Thali" (pronounced "talley), is a feast for the eyes and the palate... served with a side of your choice of bread: puffed poori (the most dramatic and greasy :0), nan (choose the garlic nan, and be warned, it's filling like pizza dough is), paratha (large flaky griddle breads, yum!), and roti (the healthies version, sort of like tortillas). If you're famished, you can finish off a thali by yourself, otherwise, it's huge, so share it with a good friend.
This restaurant is an order desk and table delivery set-up... which keeps costs low, and there's no tipping. It's great for an easygoing date and meeting up with friends, definitely homestyle and not too fancy.... casual attire is the norm, to the point that sometimes westerners could be a bit more, em, clothed. The hardworking staff doesn't have much turnover, and boy do they hop when things get busy.
After you eat, you can walk it off next door at Taj Market, where I buy supplies for cooking Indian at home - they have excellent basmati rice and lovely asian eggplants!
Best Indian food so far in Austin!!!! – Excellent food. Great Indian authentic taste. Good quantity for less price and still excellent quality of food. Prompt service. Ambience is OK, can improve lil bit. My best dish so far has been Paratha Shak and Dosas. I would highly recommend this place!!!
Avoid if you want to save yourself from going to a physicain – I saw some reviews in which the person said that you are a fool if you don't like this place...I guess you are a bigger fool if you like this place. My husband and I went there , I can say it was a big mistake..... the food was stale , the paneer sabji was more than 2-3 days old. I sent it back but they said it was fresh... I also witnessed lack of professional attitude. IEveryone overthere in the kitchenwas talking so loudly that each time the door opened I was scared to death. There was an old lady(may be the owner) who was contineously shouting at her daughter-in-law...it was not a good experience. I never went back there. I will not go there ieven if they offered me free food.
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