Sway is an award-winning modern thai restaurant, currently offering dine-in + takeaway from one of their locations in West Lake Hills, Texas.
Chef Charles Schlienger, Executive Chef, shared his thoughts with Austin Life regarding Sway’s ingenuity in adapting to the new era of the food service industry, and how they plan to continue their endeavors.
So much has changed in the way we operate at Sway since March 2019; however, we still have the same goal of providing a memorable and consistently excellent experience for our guests. We temporarily shut down all three locations in March, and now are solely operating out of our Westlake location only for the time being, due to its size, dedicated parking lot we utilize for curbside, and multiple outdoor dining spaces. We also got rid of the communal seating in our courtyard, to provide better spacing for guests sitting there.
"I enjoy being the executive chef at Sway for many reasons, but the number one reason is the people I work with and for. I genuinely love my staff as though they are family, and I wake up every day excited for the pleasure of working alongside them, through hard and smooth services alike.”
Our to-go program has really taken off, forcing us to rethink the way we are able to continue producing high-quality food at increased volumes and with many orders coming in within a shorter time frame. It's also pushed us to think outside the box on how we can bring the experience of Sway to guests' homes, such as, to-go cocktails, make-it-yourself meal kits and house-made sauces sold by the jar for at-home recipes.
Another change is our kitchen layout. With the shutdown this past spring and potential for future closures, we have been forced to completely change our equipment layout to accommodate for reduced staffing levels, allowing us to still operate without missing a beat. This means we have also shifted gears slightly on some of the menu items we offer, but also allows us the opportunity to create offerings like 'MF Wednesday' (Market Fish Wednesday, the only day our whole fried fish is now available) and makes those dishes feel even more special."
We invite you to support Sway and experience our unique menu items and different options available now for serving the Austin community!
sway west lake hills
Hours: open for dine-in + takeaway: tuesday-saturday, 4pm–9pm