Nestled in a quiet part of the Makati Central Business District is Swagat Indian Cuisine, a small, nondescript restaurant that promises authentic vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian fare. This plain looking restaurant along Rada in Legaspi Village isn’t much to look at, but one bite of their food will tell you why Swagat is well-loved and is excitedly spread by word of mouth.
First to arrive was my cup of Sweet Lassi (PhP40). A traditional Indian yogurt drink, their lassi was served in a very cold, heavy, metal cup. The cup looks hand-beaten into shape and is a very interesting way to serve the cold, sweet and tangy drink. The lassi has a nice frothy top; something I don’t usually find in yogurt drinks.
One dish that quickly became a personal favorite of mine is their Vegetarian Samosa (PhP60). Basically, a fried dumpling, their samosa is filled with mashed potatoes, peas, and all sorts of lovely spices that taste awesome as is, and even better with the accompanying sauces. One is a dark sauce that has a salty tang while the other, the one I really like, is a bright green sauce that tastes strongly of cilantro.
The Murgh Korma (PhP190) is a sloppy-looking chicken dish that’s bursting with flavor. The chicken is cooked with ginger, garlic, yogurt, tomatoes and butter, creating an exciting combination of contrasting flavors. Get some roti, the classic Indian flatbread, to dip into the korma and I’m a happy camper.
We ordered a rice dish, called Murgh Biryani (PhP160) as well. It’s supposed to be chicken cooked with fragrant biryani rice. It looked appetizing enough when it arrived. Digging into it was a surprise though. What I expected was rice cooked with chunks of chicken. Instead, we unearthed two big pieces of chicken under the rice. It turns out that their Murgh Biryani is a meal unto itself. Yum!
For dessert, we tried their homemade ice cream called Kulfi (PhP90). It has a harder consistency than most ice creams. You can actually chew it instead of simply letting it melt. It’s also studded with a variety of chopped nuts, adding interesting textures and flavors to a relatively simple ice cream.
Everything we ordered that evening was delicious. The service was good as well, with the staff even asking you how spicy you want your food to be as you order. Combine delicious food with value for money, Swagat is an excellent place to eat, whether you’re a fan of Indian cuisine or simply curious. Word of advice though, if you’re the latter, you’re bound to turned into a fan afterwards.
Swagat Indian Cuisine
Rada St., Legaspi Village,