Satay Restaurant has been an Austin tradition for over 20 years. We offer fine
Thai and South Asian cuisine from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam,
& the Phillipines. We have an extensive Vegetarian and Vegan menu
available as well as cooking classes, catering and banquet facilities for
up to 50 people.Our MSG free cooking and great tasting food have
made us a favorite and an Austin landmark.
Chef/Owner Dr. Romannee "Foo" Swasdee
Dr. Romannee "Foo" Swasdee
Satay Restaurant Group Owner & CEO
Romannee L. Swasdee, or “Foo”, is a native of Thailand but calls herself a "Thai-Texan” because she has lived here for more than half her life. After school, she joined the Research Dept. at Kellogg in Battlecreek, MI; worked for 4 years then moved back to Texas to pursue her dream of making Thai food in U.S. market. After successfully running, “KIKUYA Boutique”, a fine lady's clothing store, she went on to pursue her passion by following her grandfather’s teachings of the 4 necessities of life: food, clothing, medicine and housing.
In 1987, she opened SATAY Restaurant as a testing ground for her future “SATAY, Authentic Thai Products”. SATAY Restaurant has successfully served Austin for over 17 years while SATAY’s products with more than 10 SKUs, GEMSUGAR, a natural-colored sugar and JAKARTA Indonesian Cuisine are distribute nationwide.
She also opened “Thai Noodle House” at 26th and Guadalupe to serve healthy Thai cuisine to UT students, staff and neighbors. Recently, she opened SATAY Express, a “Grab & Go” concept for healthy Thai take-out in a corner suite behind SATAY.
While running all three establishments, Foo is also a consultant to food companies in other states, teaches Thai and Asian cooking classes, and helps create/develop food products for several major food service chains around the country. She continues to serve as the ambassador of Thai cuisine and culture and is proud of her Thai heritage and passion for Thai cooking. She always makes herself available and provides her services to any non-profit organizations that will help make Austin a better place to live.