53 Reviews / 55 Ratings
Local food at its best...
This is a place one should not miss. It is Vegetarian, with a lot of unusual items that you cannot find in restaurants elsewhere in India. It has Snacks from all over India; the Samosa Chat from North, Panki and Thalipith Pitla from Maharashtra, Dal-Bati from Rajasthan, Dosa-Idli from the South and the all time favourite Bhel and Dahi batata puri.
ITEMS YOU SHOULDN"T MISS: Mohan thal and Malpuva. Also the new item they have introduced is the Bajri Uttapam which is fantastic.
You can ask for items without onion and garlic. One can have the fresh coconut juice. The Sugarcane juice is fresh.
The Ice creams are all home made and very fresh with some seasonal fruit based varieties like Sitafal, Orange and Strawberry.
The hygiene is unbeatable and the food consistency is par excellence.
Swati Snacks has been around for 40 years or so now and they have perfected the art of making yummylicious Gujarati cuisine. Its one of the oldest establishments apart from the thali restaurants which serve Gujarati dishes in an A la carte format.
If you are coming here during the weekend, like we did last night, be ready for a waiting time of atleast 35-40 minutes. Some out-of-the-box thinking customers order some starters on the take-away counter and eat them while waiting for their turn to come. Or to avoid all that come during the weekdays and eat at your leisure.
We were shown our table after waiting for exactly 38 minutes. Steel bench and wooden top tables are the order of the day. They have a 3 rows, the tables on right & left rows can seat 4 persons & the middle row can seat 6 persons, so if you are a going in a bigger group be ready to sit separately.
But when you are being served sumptuous food, who cares about the seating arrangement?
The interior is nice and noisy with ambient lighting. We were attended to almost within 2 minutes of seating ourselves.
We had utilised the waiting time to finalise the order and just fired away:
1] Sev Puri - The taste is different from the regular sev puri. The chutney they use is slightly spicy and tangy hence the difference. Wow!
2] Dahi Batata Puri - Run-of-the-mill Dahi Batata puri. It was ok-ish.
3] Paani Puri - They give you a combination of spiced alu, sprouts and boiled chana as a filling for the puri. The paani is spicy and tastes nice.
4] Bajri Khichu - Upma like dish made from bajra rawa and served with a red mild spicy chutney mixed with oil / ghee. Loved the chutney.
5] Pav Bhaji - One of the better Pav Bhaji I have had in a long time. The dominant taste is of the tomato and not the spices. It is spicy but not over-bearingly so.
6] Bajri Uttapam - Their in-house innovation. The Uttapam is entirely made from Bajra and has a tangy taste to it, served with spicy green chutney.
7] Dal Dhokli - WOOOOW is the word that describes this dish. Strips of wheat flour dough added to a typically sweet & mild spicy Gujarati dal and cooked together. Its a meal by itself.
8] Dal Baati Churma - Wheat flour balls, boiled in water and then roasted in a tandoor served with dal, ghee and churma. Churma is the made of the left over dough, fried in ghee, crushed and mixed with jaggery. This dish is srved with a stuffed green chilly, which is just wow! I shamelessly asked for an extra serving.
This dish has its origins in the Malwa region of Rajasthan.
9] Undhiyu with Jowar rotla - Mind blowing Undhiyu, the best dish of the evening. The Undhiyu was not in an "Oil Pool", no over bearing taste of garlic and you could feel the flavour of each vegetable.
10] Kadhi Khichdi with Alu shaak - Khichdi with gujarati spicy & sour kadhi served with mild spicy potato veggie.
11] Pudina Chhas - Creamy buttermilk whipped with pudina leaves to form a killer combination. Loved it!
The service is one of the best I have come across. The orders were brought out and served even faster than I thought considering the crowd they were catering to; maybe they have accustomed themselves to it.
The total bill for all of the above came to Rs.2,290 for 6 people, Rs.380 per head; is a very value for money proposition.
However the prices of some items didn't quite go down well. A Wada Pav is listed for Rs.140 which is 14 times the cost of street price. Agreed that for quality you do have to pay a price but 14 times is exorbitant & also the fact that some of the best Wada Pav in Mumbai is the street side one.
Again this is an individualistic view and nothing against the management, they charge it and they have clients who pay.
I'm coming again and recommending people to visit this restaurant as well.
Thanks for the wonderful food!
Mouth watering Gujju Food
40 years ago, a little restaurant started in Bombay. Food was cooked at home and served at the restaurant. Over the years, it has grown in size and reputation. Today it has become an institution with Additions to the Menu (so I've heard from people who have been going from the time it started), Hygiene, Quality, Delicacies, Service and Mouth- watering Gujju food (a cuisine which the Gujarati's eat at home).
The restaurant has become so popular and is frequently visited by Celebs. There is always a huge crowd waiting to get inside. They also provide catering services for weddings, etc.
I happened to be in Bombay (Mumbai) to explore good places to eat and after a tough day, my relatives recommended we dine at "Swati Snacks" for dinner. We reached the venue at 8:30 pm on a Sunday. Like I said, huge crowd is always waiting to get inside. Seeing the crowd was a big turnoff for me and made me wonder what made these people wait so long to get inside a restaurant which serves the same cuisine which they eat at home. I mean what was the big deal ?!? And I found my answer...
Parking was not a problem as they have Valet Service to take care of the needful.
The service is good and the staff smiles. Since I had heard so much about "Swati Snacks" already, I did not care to look at the snacks section of the menu (which contained South Indian dishes and Chaat) but my relatives ordered Gol Gappa also known as Puchhka / Pani Puri to which the first thought that came to my mind was that there are other better places in Mumbai to have it, until the plates were served!
Crispy Puri is made from Semolina (Suji) or Wheat (Atta). Served with chilled mint flavored water. With Mint I could taste a lot of Coriander too (Dhaniya). The plate also contains Hot Ragda (it compliments the chilled mint water), Sprouts, Boiled Chickpeas (Kabuli Channa), small pieces of Potatoes mixed in very little chilly powder and Tamarind (Imli) Chutney (sauce). When my favorite "Panipuri wallah" is serving me these delightful little puri's one after the other, I go on eating till I get no more. This too was fairly Good!
We then ordered the Panki Chatni. Its a corn pancake which is steamed between Banana leaves. Frankly, I have never had this before but now I understand why people love this traditional dish so much. Served with Green Chilly and Coriander Chutney. The uniqueness lies in its Flavor. Plus with the caliber with which it is spread on the Banana leaves so that when you remove the Panki from the leaves to eat, it comes out so smoothly that it melts in your mouth. It is so different that its certainly capitalizing on their secret Panki recipe.
After this, we ordered the Satpadi Roti - Gatta nu Shak, one of their most popular dish. Gatta being made of Besan (Gram Flour) Rolls in Curd Gravy. Satpadi Roti is made of Plain flour, coriander leaves and cooked with a lot of Ghee. Though I did not enjoy much of the Roti but I enjoyed the Gatta ki sabzi. Its spicy and gives a whole new taste. Takes time to make this Saag, as I recall my mother informing me about the procedure to cook this dish, back home.
Ice Cream - The Ice creams at Swati are all freshly Hand - made and they do not pack for take - away. And believe me when I say that the staff is polite enough to tell that the ice - cream will start melting in less than 10 minutes and it is not a good idea.
We had the Seetafal Ice Cream, also known as sweet apple / custard apple, which again is very famous here and an excellent source of Vitamin A, C and Calcium :P
I enjoyed every bit of the meal here. Since these were dishes one cannot find at regular joints. The ambiance is pleasant, cleanliness is evident and service is decent. I would really like to go again and so should you.
"Go again if you already have, go once if you have not already"
Standards have dropped
I have been eating at Swati Snacks since over 10 years and it was a meal I used to look forward to. Their menu was undoubtably the first in its category in the city and they still have a clientele thats been visiting the restaurant since years.
My last meal there though was a shame. Here's why:
1. Sath padi + Gatta- The roti was over stuffed and extremely hard to chew. Having eaten this dish numerous times I asked the server why it was made differently and not up to the mar- the reply was a simple- thats just how it is.
2. Paneer LIfafa- Though the wrap roti was great, the paneer inside was cold, hard and crumbly. Probably not left to thaw post marination.
I will admit that their paanki is, was and always will be the best dish on the menu and do hope that they take this review seriously.
Wow its still amazing, going there since a kid, high time I document it. The food is like out of a traditional Indian kitchen. Its not north Indian cuisine, its simply home food! The quality is amazing, service is quick but you may have to wait in line till you get a table - its usually full. Best time to go is during snacks time post 230pm.
The satpadi roti and saag, faada khichdi, panki and kahwa is a must have!
Gujju home food with a twist!
Since years, I had been passing by the main road opposite Bhatia hospital wondering what made huge crowds (especially Gujjus!) wait so long to get inside a place which serves the same cuisine which they eat at home. The crowds outside Swati were always a major turnoff for me and the fact that how different this one restaurant could be from the food one would usually find in a typical Gujju Home. I mean, what was the big deal??? I found the answer last weekend
It was an extended family dinner in the on the occasion of celebrating 2 past events - a birthday and an anniversary and Swati Snacks was decided as the venue for the same. I had my reservations (as mentioned above) plus the fact that we were to go on a Saturday evening. May be the Gods heard and when we reached Swati, the waiting time turned out to be just 5 minutes before we were ushered inside. Parking in the vicinity was a problem but thankfully, they had valet to take care of the needful.
I dont know whether we were just plain lucky or because it was the Navratri season, but there was just not the usual rush which I was so accustomed to see at Swati. Either ways, it was good for us. The service was good and with a smile Since I had heard so much about the traditional Gujarati food at Swati, I didnt really bother looking at the snacks section in the menu (which comprised of south Indian snacks and Chaats!). Of course, a few others in our group did order the Dosas and the Ragda Pattice which even I found fairly good. But then, there are better places in Mumbai to have these!
Heres a list of the stuff we had that evening (I have a decent appetite so dont be too shocked!):
Panki Chatni - Panki is a little corn pancake which is steamed between banana leaves. Frankly, I have never ever been a Panki fan but I think I understand why people seem to love this traditional dish so much. The uniqueness of the Swati Panki lies in its flavours, no doubt, plus the fineness with which it is spread on the banana leaves, so that when you try to remove the Panki from the leaves to eat, it comes out smoothly and melts in the mouth, just like a super thin Neer dosa! Of course, it will not even fill 25% of your tummy, even if you are a light eater and therefore certainly not worth the money. However, I must say that it is different and they are certainly capitalizing on their secret Panki recipe!
Moong dal chilla, Dal dhokli and Dahi Misal: Well prepared. But nothing much to talk about.
Bajri Khichu: Another traditional dish which some in our group really enjoyed while some didnt. As for me, Ive had better at home. However, this is dish will fill you up well.
Khichdi Kadhi Batata Shaak: This was the very simple and authentic Gujarati khichdi prepared in homes (disappointing for those who are used to ordering the spicy Dal khichdi which almost every restaurant serves these days!) Reminded me of the Khichdi at home. Very nice and soothing!
Thalipith pitla: I am a huge fan of the Marathi dish Pitla-bhakri and was wondering as to how this dish had found its way to the traditional section here. Nevertheless, it was wonderful prepared. However, just one small thalipith was given along with a medium size bowl of pitla. The quantity of pitla was adequate for 2 small thalipiths (or one big thalipith). I would have preferred to finish off my pitla with thalipith instead of just finishing it off with other things!
Dhansaak bhaat: Dhansaak is a Parsi dish but the version here certainly was nowhere close to the actual version. Tasty spicy gravy but this is not Dhansaak.
Malaai malpuda: Now this one made me go WOW!!!!! And a big WOW that was! Fabulous Malpuda(2 small pieces) which were generously stuffed with yummy malaai. Ill be surely going back for more of this. I loved it so much that I parceled some back home. Heaven!
Ice-cream: The ice-creams at Swati are hand-made and certainly not for takeaways. Infact, the staff is nice enough to tell that the ice-creams will start melting in less than 10 mins and take-away is not a good idea. We had the flavor of the day which I think was Rose Coconut. Superb again!
There were some starters (whose names I dont remember) put up as the specials of the day which were good too. It was definitely a good evening because we had had some less oily food which was tasty and fun at the same time. Not to forget it was enjoyed by kids and elders too. Food is moderately expensive as the quantities do not justify the price and you will have to eat atleast 2-3 dishes to stuff yourself properly!
However, I guess I had discovered the reason behind Swati Snacks fan following. Its that feeling of home away from home.
Oh so famous
Swati snacks popularity is known far and wide and one need not say much about it! Its frequented by small time celebs and also provides catering services for weddings, etc. The panki chatni is a traditional speciality here - also the think wafer crust pizzas, the chaat items, the frankies and the pao bhajis are super fabulous! Go again if you already have, go once if you haven't already
Filling, vegetarian fare
Even though Swati Snacks is just bang opposite where I live, for some strange reason it isn't a place that I frequent. However one day the husband and I decided that we had to go and try the thali there. And I'm glad we were that determined.
The thali didn't disappoint, we began with a mini chaat platter along with their delicious pudina chaas. The main course was a thali comprising several of their signature dishes, out of which the Satpadi roti, Gatta nu saag and makkai handvo were winners. The dessert was malpua with rabdi that made for a sweet finish.
Almost close to home food!
I m a regular at Swati since the past 10 years. And seen some changes as well. The food is almost close to home food. You can eat here daily. The panki, vada-pao, bajra khichyu, sugarcane juice and sancha ice creams is food that you will not get anywhere else in Mumbai. Though the prices are also not something you will see in Mumbai. almost Rs.100 for a sev puri! But I feel its worth the money spent as the quality of food is very very good.
This is one place I can go every single day.. Their panki is to die for!! It's so soft n yummy .. Can eat 10 panki's in one go. All the items on the menu are worth a try... Vry good food, ambiance is quite decent, quick service, not too pricy. Wish they had a branch in Bandra. Please come soon to Bandra.. :)
Fading Credibility -- Loyal Patrons Losing Hope
Had been a regular and loyal Swati customer since last decade ; the place seems to have lost completely and taken the appreciation of its customers and media over its head.
Very much disappointed since last 2 years on all aspects - be it food quality, ambiance, service and above all hygiene.
Airconditioners are many times not properly working, even when all 4 ACs are ON they seem to choke-up and hence not properly blowing air ; and when blowing air, the fog clearly is visible.
Food quality is getting deteriorated every passing day -- just take the example of my last two visits during last three weeks, Dosas are delivered which are partly black from the bottom -- probably because of some issue with their dosa-pan. Theplas are delivered partially burnt -- This is not the food we were used to eat in Swati and for which so many awards were awarded which are prominently displayed on the wall of the restaurant even today.
Todays' Swati seems to be a kingdom without king and the most affected ones are the loyal customers like us who are fond of eating out every weekend at Swati.
Not Worth It Anymore
Swati can't be called moderately priced anymore. Success seems to have gone to their head. This reflects in the unreasonable price increase for all the items in their menu. Did not expect that it would work out to over Rs.1450/- for a satisfying snacky meal for two including a drink and an ice cream. You pay 5 star rates to eat out of Melamine Crockery, get paper tissues like in an Udipi restaurant and instead of Music you may experience cacophony of uncontrolled children left loose by other diners. Why not go to an actual 5 Star, as Swati is not worth it anymore.
TANTALISING UR TASTEBUDS
i've been frequenting this stall for the last 20 years atleast now... right from the time I was in standard 1 coming with my elder sister who still is a fan of Chaat bringing her children too...... and everytime the taste is just the same or I can say tastier and more tastier. Never had more delicious dahi puri, dahiwada and bhel in my life than at Swati.
Definitely droolworthy... and a must visit for roadside-food lovers..!!!!!
Was Great... Now Good...
All steel snacky bar.. Neat & tidy
Love the gatta & satpadi
Love the panki
Love the bhelpuri
Paneer luffa used to be wow.. Now is badly made & served..
The ragda Pattice was salt less
The dosa served in the cold
Ambiance is unkept now. Service is careless to say the least !
Are they losing the plot ? Does the lady owner not come here anymore ?
nice to get there without waiting
Went here after a long time and suprised to see no waiting. Hate waiting and I guess going there around 4 is the right time.
They have maintained there standards. The shrikhand was especially good today and so was the peru ki sabzi. loved the jawar ke roti and methi bajre ki roti.
the regular stuff is still brilliant and the service fast.
need to improve the peru juice. Friends loved the sugarcane juice.
Unhealthy and Unhygienic with Poor Ambience
Had gone to this place with my family and friends based on the recommendation of one of my relative who had insisted its the good one for gujaratis... It was really a horrible experience... Enumerating below the detailed reasons on why, even being a proud gujarati I will not visit this place again...
From one of the ceiling air conditioner fog/smoke was coming out which is extremely unhealthy for my child's lungs (as pointed out by my doctor friend who was there with me),,
My wife wanted to use the washroom and to her surprise the door of the toilet was so hard that it was unable to get closed...One of the nice old aged lady who is regular visitor at the restaurant advised her not to try hard as otherwise she will hurt herself.... She told her that door is in this condition since quite long and she had told regarding this to the staff but they didn't bother.
Water was not coming out of wash basin tap and we had to wash the hands by taking the water from the glass and jug..... I am surprised if this is the condition outside what will be the condition inside the kitchen ??
Quality of food, I will say not having much complaint, but its not worth its priced as I have been to many better restaurants who provide similar quality food alongwith good ambience and wide range... In sitting they are not having proper comfortable chair-table also and if you are 5 or more people then the sitting will be quite uncomforting especially for children and old aged.
All and all, I don't think its a must-visit restaurant as only average quality food can't do the trick if customer's basic comforts like washroom and wash basin are not taken care of. I will not visit Swati again.
Very BAD SERVICE of Swati Snacks, Tardeo, Mumbai
Swati used to be good place for eating good food. It still maintains the same taste but nowaday it service has become very poor and very pathetic. Last Saturday, we went with the family and we had a very bad service experience. We have to ask several times for taking orders, even for water !!. The height of the exeperience was that even the manager who was supposed to look after the whole restaurant was purposely overlooking elsewhere and not even bothered to attend the same. When we asked for complaint register, he even didn't bother to give. Then I have insisted on the same then he gave a very old compalint form with full of dust and crumpled !!. I don't know whether it has gone to management or dustbin !!
Now it is very clear that the restaurant which keeps on getting the best food award should be reviewed timely again for the services since we have not seen the owner around any time !!
Concluding remarks: It is definitely not a good place to take your family and clients to treat since the service is worst ever experience.
My mom is a veggie. So we decided to have dinner at Swati. We first ordered some snacks. A paneer lifafa (roll kinda thing) and a 'fudina panki'. My roll was strictly average with four medium paneer cubes in 2 rolls. The fani had turned sour cuse evidently the batter was not freshly made. We chucked out the idea of having a full fledged meal. This is my first and last time into any Swati Snacks.
Great gujrati food!
I am a big fan of non-vegetarian food and would eat only non-veg when I go out to dine. But swati snacks' VEG food was so good that I didn't miss my usual nv food. This was also my first experience at having gujrati food and man it is tasty and so nutritious. It is on the expensive side though. I ordered platter 4 (thali) and it was quite sumptuous. We also ordered masala dosa, pav bhaji and corn handvo. Very tasty and fresh. The place is very clean and I love that about swati snacks. Customer service was excellent.
Enjoyable but Expensive
I have been quite a few times to Swati Snacks. Essentially they have two types of dishes, Gujarati/Jain specialities and other snacks. Both varieties are enjoyable except for the "Fada ni Khichdi" (yuck). The only reason I gave it 3 instead of 5 stars is because of their exorbitant prices. Every item is hugely overpriced. The ambience is okay. A plus point is valet parking.
All steel interiors... looks cool...
Excellent place for snacking. Mainly Gujju food...
Loveeee the gatta with satpadi. Panki, fada ni khichdi & pani puri are delectable.
Service is mainly fast food types becoz of the crowd they have.
My grandma loves this place & I really enjoy taking her to swati every weekend....
Swati snacks has been very popular for its vegetarian snacks......its known for quality and hygienic food....i love their pavbhaji and vadapav.....i've had a few more items and all have been awesome...it is little expensive but compromising on health can cost u dear......soo stop eating at roadside stalls n goto places like swati where u can satisfy ur tastebuds and stay healthy.
Swati Snack - A Must visit Once
Ambience - Very simple. Stainless stell seats and tables
Like somone mentioned earlier, not a place you would want to take one for a romantic dinner
It's filled with loads of families from where i Belong and kids
Service- WOW. 100%. Fantastic.
and now - FOOD
My swati favourites are clearly the Panki and the Pav Bhaji. The panki is amazing.The Pav Bhaji is tasty. . Sugar cane juice isn't bad byt comes at a cost.
So conclusion- good food, but well, looking at the prices you may think twice. It's lost its charm of being a cheap snack place, but is more like a gourmet roadside snack stall. I have eaten far better bhels and sev puris for one sixth the price on the streets of mumbai .
However, Swati's is a must try atleast a couple of times for both vegetarians and non vegetarians.
review only on cheese dosa
Whenever I go to swati snacks, I only order cheese dosa, and so I dont know how the other foods in swati taste like. The cheese dosa, sambhar and chutney are amazing. The taste is unbelievable and whenever I eat there, I have about 6 cheese dosas. Whoever has not tried the cheese dosa, must try it
Gujju affair with a TWIST
Where else will you find Chaat,Maharashtrian, Gujarati & some Parsi dishes(that 2 veg) under 1 roof which tastes brilliant???
@ Swati Snacks!!!
However its way 2 noisy as its usually dominated & crowded by gujaratis who yell at the top of voices even to talk to the person next to them!..n moreover they come in groups which increSEs THEIR ALREADY LOUD VOLUMES 4fold!!!
but the place is a must visit if you are in that area...the food is soo simple.....so different....
It has something to offer every taste bud...
Sure winner :)
Ok, this one's a winner.
Ha bhai haa, sherdi no ras, fada ni khichdi aney dabka kadhi. Majja ni life!! If only the place wasn't so damn far away for us suburbites - whatta concept!
Traditional home stuff and one of the safe ganne ka juice places :) And its cheap! They also have tacos, pizzas and falafels, but then I wouldnt go here for Mexican, Italian & Lebanese food, would I? Try the Dal dhokli, try the khichyu - all good stuff!
No value for money
The food menu has remained the same for ages - but it tastes good. Is spicy at times though.
But the long queues have made them randomly increases prices and hence now there is no value for the money you spend there!
Like someone said - the ambience is simple and basic plus one has to wait an hour on the road - and after that charging so high? Not worth it anymore
the food is pretty good. service is quick as they also want hundreds of customers waiting outside to be able to come in quickly. make reservations or reach 30 minutes before the hunger pang hits you. waiting is obvious even if it is a weekday.
very basic yet soothing ambiance, not a very quiet place, it is chirpy and filled with voices.
try fada ni khichdi
enjoy the delicious food!
Good to try
Hard to find food served at hard to get tables. But once you're in there, the service is fast and the food is great, if just for the novelty of eating homestyle-ish gujju/jain fare. It's nowhere close to amazing, but definitely above average and i would say, worth a try.
Panki + Khichdi + Sugarcane fizz = Contentment
expensive average - from a non gujju
Right, so this is coming from a NON GUJJU firstly. It's coming from someone who dines there pretty often, with a wide circle of gujju friends.
So now that's cleared, let it begin.
I've known Swati all my life since i live a 10 second walk from it, so i've seen it evolve from serving Bhel at Rs20 a plate to Rs 60. From non AC to AC.
Ambience - Very simple, no frills. Stainless stell seats and tables, easy to clean and mantain. Comfortable nevertheless.
Like somone mentioned earlier, not a place you would want to take one for a romantic dinner- it's filled with loads of gujju families and their screaming kids coupled with bustling waiters.
Service- WOW. 100%. Fantastic. Asha should really go to Wharton and lecture them on service. Harvard should learn how those people always manage to serve the Panki below 4 minutes flat. Although they do slacken up during off peak hours - a Tea takes 8 minutes! But nevertheless, it's one of the best i've ever seen. That also means the amount of time you spend there is minimal. There are huge queues outside Swati, and one can spend more time waiting then eating.
and now - FOOD
My swati favourites are clearly the Panki and the Pav Bhaji. The panki is amazing, and absoluitely divine- soft, tender and hot and FRESH. The Pav Bhaji is pretty yummy too. The Bhel is good, but way too little for 60 rupees! A must have there is the Dahi Batata Puri- my friends swear by it. Sugar cane juice isn't bad, and if you're still hungry, have the cheese mex. The Dosas- wow they're crispy as anything. I would reccomend the cheese dosa- the roll it up like a topi, much to many kids delight. The Sev Puri, Bhel Puri, Pani Puri- they're good- but then again- not worth 60 bucks a portion. Same for the Masala Chai- it's very ok, but Rs 40!!
Their Jalebi was amazing, but they stopped serving that (God alone knows only why). For Rs 200 a kilo, they were yellow and juicy, but now you only get them on Sunday mornings.
There is a new range of vegetarian and jain dishes, especially for the health conscious which i have not yet explored ( I prefer to stick to the old time favourites), but if you're a jain vegetarian looking for some variety, i would strongly reccomennd a visit to swati. But a word of advice- don't expect it to be cheap.
So conclusion- good food, but well, looking at the prices you may think twice. It's lost its charm of being a cheap snack place, but is more like a gourmet roadside snack stall. I have eaten far better bhels and sev puris for one sixth the price on the streets of mumbai ( I strongly reccommend the Bhel puri wallah outside JB petit school at Fort, South Bombay) However, if you want a nice saturday night out, with some good food, (and you're vegetarian) and you wouldn't mind braving the long queques, then go ahead.
However, Swati's is a must try atleast a couple of times for both vegetarians and non vegetarians.
Prepare to queue
If you know this place, you know the food. No advertisement is better than word of mouth, and this place thrives on those in the know telling their friends about how great it is.
This family-run restaurant has been handed to the famous daughter of the family who has invoked a definite modern feeling into proceedings. The design is super, the menu is simple, the food is excellent, and the cost is negligible.
Try and get here out of the main eating times to avoid making a queue outside on plastic chairs. Be warned: The pav bhaji is the best in Mumbai.
Nice Gujarati food
Swati snacks serves very good Gujarati food. I am basically from North India, and never thought that Gujarati food can be so good. I went there with a Gujju friend, and really liked the food. The South Indian and Maharashtrian food can be better.
Over all a value for money experience.
Above average with food you wont find easily...
Swati is great option for veggies. The place has balance the menu for those who love charged flavours right upto those who enjoy subtleness.
ABout the food:
Most things on the menu are unconventional. Its not your regular Paneer Makhanwala joint. Its a healthly mix of Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Parsi cusine with a touch of south indian and decent chaat items. Quality is no doubt great! The food is likely to appeal to most people's palate.
Umm... its a gujju place.... so you are likely to run into loud gujaratis and bit of a chaotic environment... especially if you go in prime meal hours. Waiting can get quite long. Simple and straight forward furniture (yet elegant).
You can take away too.
Homestyle food in a utilitarian ambience
I've eaten here some 5-6 years ago, but a place that I keep hearing only good about, surely deserves another visit. A month ago, we tried eating here after getting some work done in Worli. 2 .15 pm and 45 minutes waiting! Our growling stomachs did not agree to that kind of wait and we drove off to the nearby Sardar Pav Bhaji.
Today, we decided during our morning walk, that we wanted to visit Swati Snacks for lunch! Ironical that we think of where to add up the calories while we are burning some...Considering that it is a good hour's drive from our place, going all the way for lunch was a gamble, we decided to take anyway.
We reached there some 10 minutes before 1pm, and needless to say, I rushed to queue up our name while my husband waited to deal with the valet. Imagine our glee when we were told '10 minutes waiting'~ I nearly exclaimed "Only that much??" to the guy with the 'waiting list'.
The next ten minutes were spent studying the other waiting people under the awning and the people who were alighting from running cars to make sure they are better placed on the waiting list :)
We were ushered inside in 15 minutes..and we spent some time studying the one page laminated menu, split into specialties, snacks, beverages and desserts. To cool off we ordered a glass of kacha kairy pano and a salted lassi. The former made from cooked raw mangoes lacked the tangy edge and had plenty of saffron strands. While I do like the fragrance of saffron, the raw mango drink was totally dominated by the saffron taste, which was overpowering any mango taste! (Drinks around Rs.50 each)
A plate of dahi batata puri downed and we were ready to order the main course. My partner had the thalipeeth with a thick besan curry. The thalipeeth was sizzling hot and the besan curry really yummy with tomatoes, onions and garlic. I do suspect it had a lot of ghee that gave it a great taste.
My order was the satpadi roti with gatte ki sabzi...another thick multigrain traditional bread cooked with lots of oil and the Rajasthani curry with tiny besan dumplings. While the roti was in many layers and high on flavour, the gatta curry was ok, not extraordinary in any way. (Main dishes Rs.100 each)
Since they serve just one piece of bread in any main course, you can order an extra thalipeeth or roti at Rs.60.
Almost every table was ordering the panki (delicate rice crepes cooked between banana leaves on a hot skillet), and we decided to order the minty version served with a green chutney and some pickled green chillies. This was indeed the best dish for me after the besan curry that came with the thalipeeth. The panki was melt-in-the-mouth delicious and very light too. They serve a plain and a dill version of this too. (Rs.60)
Not finding any great choices for dessert, we went with the Gujarati Puran Poli (Rs.85), which took a good 10 minutes to make an appearance on the table, delicate, fluffy, coated with melted ghee and the filling oozing out. It was the best puran poli i'd had in a long time, as I am not much in love with the thinner maharashtrian version, that has a maida cover. Just one odd thing about this, i have never heard or seen puran poli being served with raita, especially when you call it a dessert. Anyway, may be one of their ideas which their patrons seem to enjoy.
Service was quick and efficient. Most dishes took atleast ten minutes, but considering that each item we ordered was piping hot, I understand they make everything FRESH, once they get an order, which is a HUGE positive for me. The ambience is nothing to write about. It's quite clean and utilitarian. not much space wasted around the place, no flowers and nothing fancy! But when the food is good, the ambience is secondary.
All in all, the meal came to 600 Rs. excluding the tip.
If you are one of those who has never made it to eating here because of the waiting, try reaching earlier than 1pm and you may just about get in without too much of a hassle.
Worth a visit for some of the authentic dishes they serve! Do try Mint Panki and the Thalipeeth!
I'm a Delhi boy, and the fact that my Gujju girlfriend brought me here straight from the airport must say something about the food at this place. I'm new to Gujju cuisine, and I must say I absolutely loved the food here. As the name implies, Swati specializes in Gujarati and Marathi fast food, and they do it brilliantly. Gujarati cuisine is probably amongst the most underrated in India, which is sad considering the mind-boggling balance of flavours that it affords, not to mention its vegetarian-friendliness. Sweet and sour are by no means mutually exclusive in Gujju cuisine, and I think Swati does a great job of bringing this incredible mixology to your taste buds. I tried a lot of different dishes, and everything was delicious, yet light. The decor is functional, the service is most businesslike, but this still feels like a neighbourhood joint, and fires on all cylinders.
Well, finally broke down and went to Swati for the first time since it became the new Swati. Bit weird since i drive by twice a day.
The place is always packed, anytime of day, the decor is modern, minimalist but comfortable. The service is exceedingly quick and to the point , no nonsense type( we got done in 50 minutes) the menu is a mix of Gujarati, Maharashtrian and the ever popular South Indian foods.
We went for the Dahi Misal, which was probably some of the best i have ever had, the Baked, masala Khichadi very very spicy but again a great call. Who knew khichadi could be like this.
The next thing we got was the Sabudana Khichadi, which was ok. The Dahi Kachori, was not what i expected, and it wasnt that great to taste either.
Swati is a good option to try some traditional delicacies (Soam is another such place) however the Chaat isnt upto the mark. I didnt try the South Indian fare and wouldn't want to anyway.
Pricing is slightly on the higher side for some of the things but overall its worth it.
Dahi Batata Puri, Falafel, Paanki, Pav Bhaji, Gattu Nu Shak & Satpadi Rotli, Khichdee, Malai Malpuha... Everything that you get at Swati Snacks tastes awesome. Overpriced but considering the quality and taste it's worth going again and again. I have eaten here around a 100 times already and is amongst my favourite places to eat. Even the Jalebi-Ghaatiya that you get in the morning is great.
The only negative point is the long waiting time. To avoid the queue, it is recommend that one lands up for an early lunch or dinner.
Place a blindfold on your eyes, and put your finger down on a dish, I assure you its going to be just awesome. Everything on the menu is a delight. Make sure you put in a reservation, the waiting time can be close to 30-45 minutes sometimes. I have had food here five times now, and I still grab every chance to go again!
Moderately priced, this is truly an awesome place to have food if you are in the area.