Swad Indian Cuisine is fairly new to the North Raleigh scene. It’s located in a strip mall that houses one of my favorite restaurants, Neomonde. Because Neomonde is a very casual spot and the strip mall is pretty much your average strip mall, I wasn’t expecting Swad to be so lovely inside. It looks as if it should be in Manhattan. The design is sleek and modern, and it has a fully stocked bar. There is also a lunch buffet area. The dining area is very comfortable. I went midweek and it wasn’t crowded. We were promptly seated at a booth.
To start, I got the Swad tikka–tender boneless chicken bites marinated with Indian spices served on small skewers. These were very flavorful. The chicken was very moist, which was nice, but I think it could’ve been cooked a bit longer.
For entrees, we shared two vegetarian dishes:
paneer masala–oven-flamed homemade cheese cooked in succulent tomato based cream sauce.
Both of these dishes were delicious. I enjoyed sopping up the sauce with Peshwari naan (sweet naan stuffed with dry nuts, raisins, cashews and cherries).
In addition to the excellent food, the service at Swad is attentive and friendly. Thanks to Swad, this area in North Raleigh no longer lacks an upscale restaurant.