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Griffin, Iona, JM, Miranda, and Nichole all ate at the buffet.
The bill was $13/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Swad an A-; Miranda and Griffin gave Swad a B; Iona gave Swad a C (see our grading rubric).
We had been told that Swad, Monona's contribution to the Indian buffet lunch market, was quite good. We found it to be so, though there were a lot of things that could stand a revisit or revisioning, depending.
To start with, one of the nice things about Indian buffets is that our pescatarian friends can usually sample a wide range of the menu. This was true here, but not a true as it could have been. Firstly, there were a lot of chicken dishes. Now, JM, he likes him some chicken, and CTM and the tandoori were very nice, but the presence of chicken (and a couple of goat items) took a lot of the buffet out. And then fish was not great, which led to even more concern from our youngest diner, who primarily gets fish when her family eats Indian.
The lentil and bean dishes, however, were pretty good and the kulfi was very rich. Swad has a chaat table which was fun. There were several desserts and a whole section of relishes, which leads to a combinatoric approach for some diners.
Swad is much bigger than its small entrance in the strip mall indicates, though parking can be an issue especially if La Rosita is having a special day. Swad seems like a perfectly reasonable addition to the scene, but we wouldn't necessarily drive past Tandoori House, Mirch Masala, Swagat, Maharani, Amber, Dhaba or Minerva to eat there. Which is just how spoiled we are.