It’s rumored this modern Thai dining room was designed to be noisy so the din would keep people from lingering (if so, it wouldn’t be the only restaurant to give that a try). If you are lucky enough to get a seat at the counter at the open kitchen, it’s quiet enough to both chat and savor the meal. Recently transitioning to its third chef, Sway is still producing dishes with heat, sour tang, and sweetness all in the same bite. Usually the nahm jim sauce that bathes the oysters is subtle and brings out the shellfish’s sweetness, but on our last trip red chiles seemed to overwhelm the delicate critter. A butternut squash curry dotted with pumpkin seeds, however, was fantastic, as was the spicy satay. The Son-in-Law (braised pork shoulder) and the beef fried rice were tasty enough, but texture problems—dry pork, clumpy rice—suggested inattention at the stove. Enticed by a smartly curated wine list and dreamy ice cream, we willingly overlooked the bumps. (5/15)

City: Austin


Drinks: Beer & wine

Price: $$-$$$


Address: 1417 S. 1st, Austin, TX, 78704

Hours: L & D 7 days.

Phone: 512-326-1999

Website: swayaustin.com/

Last updated: April 9, 2013