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Inside Sway’s Bigger, Bustling New Rock Rose Restaurant

The Thai spot offers more seating options beyond communal tables and a new pork shoulder dish

Sway’s Rock Rose restaurant
Sway’s Rock Rose restaurant
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Popular Thai restaurant Sway opens its second location today, April 30, at the Domain Rock Rose. The restaurant expansion is only open for dinner for now, with a similar menu to the location on South First. Lunch and brunch are in the works for this summer, as well as a third location in Westlake.

The second location of Sway, which was announced in 2015, is very similar to the original (both designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture), with large, blocky communal tables with woven light fixtures over each. Those who want prefer more intimate seating will be happy to hear there are two separate bar areas and patio seating. The main dining room faces a completely open kitchen, so diners can watch the performance in the kitchen.

Eater Austin photographer Courtney Pierce visited the open, wood-heavy space and sampled a few of the dishes, from mild (blue crab fried rice) to mouth-on-fire (tom yum soup), plus the famous Thai tea affogato. Take a tour of the new space below.

Sway first opened in 2012 under Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki. Overseeing the current kitchen are corporate executive chef Charles Schlienger and Rock Rose chef de cuisine Stacey Jones.

Sway’s main dining room
Sway’s main dining room
Window and bar seating at Sway
Window and bar seating at Sway
Sway’s dining room and window seating
Sway’s dining room and window seating
The moo sway at Sway
The moo sway at Sway
Cocktails at Sway
Cocktails at Sway
The bar at Sway
The bar at Sway
The patio at Sway
The patio at Sway
Sway’s exterior
Sway’s exterior

Sway

1417 S 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 326-1999 Visit Website

Sway [Rock Rose]

11501 Rock Rose Avenue, Austin, Texas 78758 Visit Website

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