In a line: A fine dining restaurant in Defence Colony serving some delicious Seafood among other dishes.
Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese, South Indian
Price for two: Rs. 1500(approx)
Location: Defence Colony
Must haves: Prawns koliwada, fish fry, andhra veg curry, malabari parantha
If you’re one whose weekends remain incomplete without going to a family restaurant and ordering typical Indian delicacies, then you’ll be aware of the fact that there is no dearth of North Indian restaurants in Delhi.
But what if you’re in a mood to devour some North Indian food and not leave behind the delicious South Indian and Chinese food ? This is when Swagath, a restaurant that needs no introduction to Dilli-walas comes into picture.
Located in Defence Colony market, Swagath is a fine dining restaurant that is spread across 3 floors, with simplistic and no-fuss interiors, the place is packed with customers on weekends as well as weekdays.
Pleasing its patrons since 2001, Swagath is known for it’s seafood along with the other dishes in it’s rather long menu that moves across different cuisines. It certainly gets very confusing while choosing a dish, so the easiest way out to escape is to ask the staff, who would happily suggest some great options to binge on to.
I ended up relying on the managers recommendations and was pleased with my decisions after devouring all the dishes that flew in. I began my meal with gambheri soup, which is basically a sea food clear soup served with fresh vegetables and fried prawns. While the prawns were tough, the flavour of the soup was nice. Next came in their specialty, prawns koliwada. Fresh and juicy prawns, marinated in a spicy south indian paste and deep fried, these prawns are a must have. The surmai fish fry was equally good and had a spicy touch to it. The green chutney that came along added onto the spice element and made it even better. I also tried a few vegetarian starters like paneer tikka, veg seekh kebabs and tandoori aloo, and these were fair on the deliciousness meter and certainly no where closer to the non-vegetarian starters.
Before moving onto the mains, I tried the lemon cucumber surprise and pomegranate mojito, and both turned out to be very refreshing and fresh.
For the mains, I decided to stick to South Indian and ordered chicken chettinad, Andhra veg curry with appam and malabari parantha. Sweet and spicy tomato based curry in the andhra veg curry went well with the light and fluffy appam. The chicken chettinad on the other hand was an explosion of flavours and spices, with predominance of curry leaves. This chicken combined with the crispy and crunchy malabari parantha was a great combination, one which I would certainly come back for.
The meal was concluded with fried vanilla ice cream scoops, coated with crunchy corn flakes and topped with chocolate sauce. I also relished our Indian ice cream, kesar pista kulfi with falooda. Both were equally good and it would be difficult for me to pick a favourite.
Confession: Overall, my meal at Swagath turned out to be fairly good. While the menu is way too long and confusing, the talented kitchen offers all the dishes at good quality. It is certainly a nice place to go along with family for a great dinner or lunch.
Value for money: 4/5