Swagat Indian Cuisine (Rada): A First Impressions Review

A few weeks ago, I spent a night at my brother’s place after I attended an event which ended quite late in the evening.  The next day, my sister-in-law invited me to go out for lunch since they’ve been meaning to introduce me to one of their favorite Indian places: Swagat Indian Cuisine.

Swagat storefront

Swagat is this homey and quaint Indian restaurant located along Rada Street in Makati. From the outside, it doesn’t look like it’s the type that people will be falling in line for, but you’d be surprised. My sister-in-law and I went there on a weekday for lunch and I was glad we arrived a bit early. A little past 12 noon and the place became packed with office people coming in for lunch! It was really fun to watch how such a small place could attract so many customers. 🙂

Strawberry Lassi

My sister-in-law had the Strawberry Lassi (Php70.00).

cup of hot chai

A cup of their Hot Chai Tea Masala (Php80.00) was perfect to have with Swagat’s food. I had the sugar in mine served separately so that I could control the sweetness. I ended up hardly putting any since the tea tasted so good without any additives.

I let my sister-in-law choose the things we were going to eat and we ended up enjoying the following:

pappadom masala

I thought that the simple Pappadom Masala (Php35.00) was a great way to start the meal.  The deep fried lentil wafer was crispy and slightly salty, and the onions and tomatoes gave it a splash of freshness that rounded off the dish wonderfully.

roghan josh

We had a serving of the Roghan Josh (Php200.00), which is goat meat cooked in cream, butter and spices. Like most of their dishes, Swagat allows you to choose how spicy your dishes are (mild, medium, hot or extra hot). We chose mild for ours and I thought it was just perfect! The sauce alone could easily make me eat more than the recommended serving of rice allowed for a 20-something female. :p

malai kofta

Our other item was the Malai Kofta (Php140.00), a vegetarian dish served swimming in another one of their delicious gravies.

butter rice

Like I mentioned before, a serving of their Buttered Rice (Php40.00) probably wouldn’t be enough for one person once you start eating it with the sauces. :p

kulfi

I’m glad we didn’t leave the restaurant without eating dessert, since I was looking forward to trying out Indian sweets! I’ve enjoyed so much savory Indian dishes, but can’t believe it never occurred to me to try their sweets. :-/

The Kulfi (Php100.00) was my sister-in-law’s personal favorite and I think I understand why. This homemade frozen dessert’s pistachio flavor was spot on and I enjoyed both the denseness and subtle sweetness it had. True, a serving is quite costly but it’s not wrong to enjoy it once in a while. 🙂

coconut burfi

We also shared a serving of the Coconut Burfi (Php110.00). These little round things were made of toasted shredded coconut, milk and aromatic spices. I thought it’s a little similar to some Filipino native delicacies, but with a more pronounced warmth to it, thanks to the cardamom.

What I loved about Swagat was how familiar the place felt like, even if it was just my first time there. Their serving sizes are good for 1 to 2 individuals, but most items are really affordable.

I also liked that they cooked their dishes upon order. The only downside is it might take longer for them to serve you once the restaurant becomes packed. It might not be the ideal place for people who are pressed for time. If, on the other hand, you DO have the luxury of time and are looking for good Indian cuisine, go and schedule a visit to Swagat. 🙂

*Swagat Indian Cuisine is located at 119 FCC Building, Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. They’re open daily from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. You may also give them a call via land line at (632) 501-5079 / 752-5669.

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