Swad Tandoori: Great Food During Shutdown


In downtown New London on the corner of State and Green Street, there is a small restaurant pumping out delicious Indian cuisine: Swad Tandoori. Patrons used to be seated near the windows looking onto the streets of New London or  in the relative privacy within the restaurant. Despite their small size, Swad Tandoori is adapting well to COVID-19 regulations. Their website makes ordering without contact a cinch, but they’re ready to receive telephone orders as well. Needless to say, when my family is looking for a bit of weekend take-out, Swad Tandoori is one of our go-to spots.

My personal go-to meal is the lamb curry with a side of garlic nan. The lamb is beautifully cooked, ready to melt to pieces in your mouth. The curry sauce is mildly spicy, it has a kick to it but it’s not enough to make your mouth feel like it’s on fire. Swad Tandoori is also generous in their portions of rice that come with meals, making a perfect base to mix in with the lamb curry. With 11 different varieties of traditional naan, there are any number of combinations to make with the meal. I prefer the garlic naan, using it to wipe up any leftover curry sauce. 

Even if you’re not up for a full meal, Swad has plenty of appetizers to satiate any small snacking urges. An order of samosas gives you four pastries with various vegetarian fillings, perfect for a small meal. They also have various soups and sides to pair with your meal or to eat alone. And of course, any of the specialized naan options works perfectly for a small snack.

Even in these turbulent times, Swad Tandoori is still able to produce spectacular meals. The portions make for great leftovers to heat up the next day. If you want to try a taste of the delicious Indian cuisine, you can order online at https://swadtandoorinewlondon.com/.