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Dec 16, 2012 12:47 PM

Nobody's been to Sway yet, eh?

I figured I'd let the opening hoopla cool down a little bit before going myself, but I'm surprised that nobody's posted about it on here yet. Any reviews?

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  1. I have. It is amazing. Already light years ahead of anything similar in Austin. And that is from someone who is not a huge fan on Condesa. Highlights are the jungle curry, son in law, morning glory, tiger cry, oysters with megachef, and prawn miange.

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    1. re: mickeyjones69

      My girlfriend and I went on Saturday evening, sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen.

      We got there early in the evening, approximately 6:30 before the restaurant was full. It is a beautiful restaurant, though a bit loud.

      We ordered the prawn miange, jungle curry and blue crab fried rice. We got our fried rice ahead of our appetizer and our drinks, soon our appetizer followed and seconds later our curry arrived. I guess it could be a result of the restaurant not being full yet, but the quickfire coursing was a little out of whack.

      The food was wonderful, though the jungle curry was very spicy. We ordered sticky rice with our curry, but they don't serve the rice in any sort of container, so it dries out if you don't eat it quickly.

      Definitely some quirks to work out (the girl working the salt and pepper fry station seemed not to know what she was doing, it was painful to watch her butcher a whole lobster).

      We'll be back, may give them a month or two to get their footing.

    2. We ate there two nights ago. The spring rolls were interesting, containing unusual ingredients like sprouts and avocado, but they were bland and messy; falling apart on touch. The jungle curry was indeed hot, flavorful but skimpy; it contained two small pieces of beef, three thin slices of zuccini, two baby corn, and that was it. I didn't count the two peppers and one sprig of peppercorns as they were more like a garnish.

      Tonight I ate at Suzy's on Anderson. Got the grilled shrimp special, with noodles and veggies. Twelve shrimp, about a dozen pieces of well cooked broccoli, some cauliflower, snow peas, carrots, water chestnuts, etc. In a sauce that was hot but did not overwhelm the flavor of fresh basil. Looked pretty enough to put on the cover of a magazine. Enough to take some home for lunch tomorrow. Priced less. Just saying

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      1. re: travisleroy

        Is the Suzy's on Anderson owned by someone different than the Suzy's that used to be on Bee Caves Road? Because every meal I had at the Bee Caves location (and, unfortunately, there were several) was really bad. As in, I'd rather eat at the Chinese place in the mall food court bad.

      2. I went once and have to say I still prefer spin from a strictly food perspective. Ill give them another try in a few weeks though as almost every restaurant needs a bit to hit their stride.

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        1. re: twyst

          Went again late yesterday afternoon. Wasnt totally packed as it was like 4 pm, but our food still took about 35 minutes from the time we ordered and a couple of the dishes never arrived and we just cancelled them. The spicing and sauces were all on point yesterday, however the cooking on some of the proteins was sloppy. I really want this place to be good, but right now its a lot more hype than substance in my mind. They have a great space and competent leadership so I have hope that it will all get worked out. Lot of potential here.

          1. re: twyst

            Would love to know what your favorites are at Spin. I've been several times and tried quite a few dishes, and the only one I really loved was the duck curry. Am I just ordering wrong?

            1. re: Optimista

              On the dinner menu the salmon tataki is the best thing Ive had there (its amazing, and I dont even really care for salmon). The grilled waloo is really tasty, as are the thai red snapper and the soft shell crab.

              For lunch I really like the kao soi

              1. re: twyst

                they no longer serve the salmon larb tasting dish, which was my all time favorite.

                1. re: dinaofdoom

                  It was mine as well until I tried the salmon tataki they replaced it with. Its actually a better dish.

                  1. re: twyst

                    really? that is quite a recommendation!

                    1. re: dinaofdoom

                      Its extremely similar in presentation, but the flavors actually seem a bit brighter and it seems to "pop" a little more now.

                      I LOVED the larb and was really upset with its departure, but once I tried the new dish I was ok :p

                      1. re: twyst

                        Thanks for the suggestions! Noted for next time...if I can ever bring myself to go there instead of Sway or Muangthai. ;-)

          2. Had lunch there the week it opened and was blown away. The son-in-law, the wings, chicken fried rice and the green beans. All fantastic and even better when we brought them home and ate the leftovers. For two of us, the portions were plenty for two servings each.

            I also tried the drinking vinegar and have a new favorite soft-drink.

            1. I went for lunch last week and was sufficiently enthusiastic that we booked New Year's Eve dinner there. Had the raw oysters megachef, green papaya salad, peanut curry, and the tiger cry; splurged for dessert with the thai tea affogado and the tapioca pudding. Everything was outstanding. I've had a couple of good dishes at Spin, but based on my first visit to Sway, Sway beats Spin hands down, in my opinion. No wait at lunch time, which was nice, but I imagine it gets really loud when the place is full.