As you enter Swagat, it felt like entering into a dining room in a suburban Indian home with Indian decorations and matching indian music to complete the ambiance. How would you know that it is Indian? It felt like it, and Komal with husband Sanjay Khanchandani would make you feel welcome to their home. Swagat means welcome in Hindi.
This place should be called Indian Gourmet because of the fresh and home made ingredients Komal used for the dishes. She makes her own masalas which is “an intricate combination of freshly ground spices and herbs, each combination devised to suit a particular dish.” (source: About Swagat). She makes her own yogurt, paneer (cheese) and bakes her own breads. She cooks all the meal herself in Swagat where you can feel how “clean” the food is. Clean in the sense that it is not greasy, the ingredients are not overpowering one another, and you can taste the spices without any unwanted flavorings like MSG.
Swagat deserves the reputation it earned from the foodie community that it is the best authentic Indian Restaurant in Makati today. The best part is, it is affordable with most dishes in the less than P200 range not to mention it is situated at the heart of Legaspi Village in Makati.
If you have not eaten in Swagat, you should try it because it serves the type of Indian food that Filipinos would love.
We’ve never eaten this anywhere and my wife (who does not appreciate Indian food right now) loves this appetizer this. The best description I can provide is that it taste like Rice Crispies with the Indian spicy hot touch. It is the first time I’ve tasted sev and it was a wonderful surprise. We will definitely order this one the next time. We actually ask if there was Hummus but apparently, it is not Indian in origin so they don’t have it in the menu.
Rice Biryani and Shrimps Specialties
Veg Rice and Indian Bread Specialties
Paneer and Mushroom Specialties
Vegetarian Dish and Yogurt Specialites
Fish and Egg Specialties
For clearer descriptions, here is the menu from the official swagat site.
The best thing about this is that it does not feel heavy when you eat it. But it feels a complete meal with each of the ingredients carefully selected and the sauce is absorbed by the rice.
You can taste the freshness of the sauce and it did not feel that they reheat this from the freezer. You cannot see the ingredients used but you can taste the mixed herbs and spices blended intimately with the goat meat. The meat was tender and soft and very tasty. There was not greasy or malansa feeling when you eat this. We finished it even the sauce as if we licked the plate clean because the sauce alone can be a meal with the rice.
The Indian Ice Cream was interesting and something different. It is not something that I would crave for and order again next time. There has no greasy or cream taste to it and maybe that’s why we wouldn’t rave about this.
Swagat Indian Cuisine
119 FCC Building, Rada Street,
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Phone: (632) 752-5669
Open from 9:00 a.m to 11:00 p.m.
(Monday to Sunday)
Official Website: Swagat Indian Cuisine
Komal and Sanjay Khanchandani with Aidan. Meeting and talking with Komal and Sanjay is part of the overall experience in Swagat. Don’t be intimidated by them because they are extremely friendly. Thanks Komal!