Monday, February 20, 2012

Uru Swati

Location: 2629 W Devon Avenue
Cost: About $15 per person

When I first started med school I was assigned a "big sibling" to help me get acclimated. Just to clarify, everyone gets a big sibling (it's not like I was some lost cause or anything like that). Well, with the year being rather busy, it'd been quite a while since my sibling Dipal and I had hung out. I ran into her the other day, and we made plans to go hit up some Indian place on Devon. She had a restaurant.com gift card to Uru Swati which made our decision pretty easy.

Logistics
Uru Swati is a quiet vegetarian spot on Devon. The wide open dining room was pretty empty when we came in. There might have been one or two other parties throughout our meal. It was a simple operation with one waiter and one other host/busboy. We obviously got sat right away, and I doubt that waiting's ever a big issue.

Our service was efficient and friendly. The waiter even did that traditional Indian head nod thing when he was taking our order. The cost was very cheap with most appetizers under $5 and most entrees under $10. Plus with the restaurant.com gift card we ended up getting $35 worth of food for $10. You can usually find some promo code for the website to make it an even better deal.

The Food
For drinks we both ordered Mango Lassies. They were thick, sweet and delicious. For our appetizers we got Samosas and Pani Puri. The samosas had a nice spicy potato filling with a crispy exterior. I'd never had pani puri before, and I'm not sure what I thought of the flavored water. The chickpea filling was a little bland, and I don't think I'd revert back to this appetizer.

The Samosas

The Mango Lassies

 The Pani Puri

For our next course we shared Masala Dosa, Dal Makhani, and Garlic Naan. The naan was excessively garlicy. It was a bit burnt at points too. The dosa was a little under filled and cold, but the flavors were all in order. The dal makhani wasn't really anything to write home about either. Some of the lentils were a bit crunchy and underdone, but the gravy was really the underperformer.

The Garlic Naan

The Dal Makhani 

The Masala Dosa

For dessert we shared a Mango Melba. This was basically a mango sundae with some interesting flavors thrown in. I liked the ice cream, but the rose flavored syrup was a bit off putting.

 The Mango Melba

Overall
Devon Avenue is covered in wonderful Indian restaurant, but Uru Swati is not what I'd hoped for after making the short drive north. It was very inexpensive, but there weren't any dishes that really stood out at all. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.


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