After a some musical straps and seats we were seated together and discussing the prospects of responsible urban renewal and development. We exited the bus at Lamar and Rutland and made our way over to the strip mall that houses this little gem.
This time we skipped the pakora, samosas and naan, and got the mysore dosa instead. I had seen a dosa being delivered to a table the last time we ate here and recalled that they were fucking huge; we were not disappointed.
It was absolutely delicious. The crepe was perfectly cooked, and the potato filling --which is much like that of a samosa -- was just spicy enough to excite and entice my palate.
We both ordered the Thali again. The selection was different this time though, and that alone makes me want to keep ordering it on future trips.
The Thali had some veg korma, a nice potato and okra dish, a veg mix that was reminiscent of slaw, rasam, honey dipped fried pastries, basmati rice, a yogurt curry that I don't know the name of, some curried chickpeas, riata, and pickle. Oh, and I can't for get the fried breads. Poori, some type of idli, and some cracker bread.
This place is a hidden gem. After tonight, I'm certain that I prefer Swad to all other Indian joints I've been to in Austin, and I will also say that it is the best vegetarian food I've eaten in Austin, hands down. If you love Indian cuisine, I strongly recommend Swad.