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Ma Goa
Ma Goa

Ma Goa Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.ma-goa.com
  • Phone: 0208 780 1767
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tues-Fri: 12 - 2-15pm, Sunday 12.45 - 1pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6.30pm - 10.30pm, Sunday 6.00pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Sushma Kapoor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We cater for small canape parties to weddings up to 200 people. We also have a barbecue service. Call Deepak on 07887953165

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Tube: East Putney, Bus Nos. 337,430 Putney Bridge
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ma Goa
This popular Putney favourite serves authentic Indian cooking, typically served in Indian homes. 'Ma' Kapoor continues to cook and advise her excellent team and can still be found bargaining for the freshest produce in Southall and Tooting. The emphasis here is on simple spicing and fresh seasonal ingredients and they cook little and often to ensure this, so don't be disappointed if they occasionally run out of dishes. The menu crossed many boundaries from Goa to Mumbai with Nepali, Persian and Pakistani influences and more taken from uncles, aunties, grandparents, and friends. This friendly team are happy to suggest dishes to create a well-balanced meal and cater for special dietary requirements.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Diner Reviews
  • "the food at Ma Goa is very different to a 'standard' curry house. while I cannot vouch for its authenticity, every item we had was well prepared and flavorful. Ma Goa also has a better than average beverage list and an extensive choice of wines."
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "As per usual the food was delicious and the service excellent, and so much more pleasant to have good, traditional and authentic food rather than the same old "curry" as we Brits call it. Thank you Ma Goa for a wonderful evening."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Simply a cut above all the Bangladeshi places - this is real Indian cooking and the only Goan place I know. Wonderful."
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "7 of us got together to celebrate old times, the wine and good food in superb presentation didn't disappoint, the flavours were sumptuous and all dishes sampled by the group were met with approving nods and grunts as people were enjoying it so much. Several of the guys were serious curry critics and were silenced by the quality and taste. A flavoursome experience which has surpassed the majority of indian restaraunts I have been too. The staff were welcoming and attentive. Will be back soon for sure!"
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "A long established family run Putney Indian, but specialising in Goan dishes. Unusual and attractive menu. Tasty, well-prepared and nicely presented food. Popular and well regarded by the locals. My only criticism is that it is cramped, the tables are small, and the noise level when full makes normal conversation impossible."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Very good food and service. A lot of vegetarian options. Lamb shank was very tender and perfectly roasted."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Every time when we are in London we visit Ma Goa. The food and the service is excellent. We will definitly come back soon."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Enjoyed good meal at Ma Goa in Putney on a Friday night. Made to feel very welcome straight away. Interesting menu, not a typical Indian restaurant. Inexpensive wine list too. Only slight criticism is that the tables were close together so it felt a little cramped and it was quite noisy, perhaps partly because of the low ceiling. But I would certainly go again."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Great flavours, nicely presented. I'd recommend this restaurant to anybody who wants something other than an ordinary Indian meal."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Ma Goa is one of our favourite restaurants, providing consistently good, tasty food with a wonderful friendly service."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "I'm Punjabi and my wife is Kashmiri so we know our spices. We ventured forth and asked for spicy food with the a peculiar disdain reserved for England's curry house definition of spicy. I ordered a Vindaloo and my wife ordered some food for cows (with hot-sour gravy). Both were spicy enough that the underlying curry taste didn't come through. Full points for authenticity and originality (like stuffed papads) but a reality check on taste needs to come first."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "The Ma Goa hits the mark again with both the staters and main course. It is the differences to usual Indian cuisine that Goan cuisine that makes the Ma Goa special "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Have been here loads of times. Staff are always nice - this time the service wasn't quite as good as usual (we kept asking for water which eventually came, we had to push for them to put the air con unit on as we were boiling and had stripped down to our last layer!). Food was tasty as it always is. The lamb main was pretty salty and so we left most of that, but other than that a good night."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at Ma Goa--the food is beautifully seasoned and presented. The lamb was so tender and literally falling off the bone. Our waiter was attentive and made wonderful recommendations. And the owner was also attentive and ensured we enjoyed our dinner. We will go back often!"
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Authentic Indian food. I usually play it safe and go with a Chicken Tikka Musala at most Indian restaurants, as this wasn't on the menu I branched out. We all ordered different mains to share - every single one was something we had not tried before and was absolutely delicious. Everyone was very impressed - we will definitely be coming back. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal here, great tasting food (possibly the best Indian I've had), good choice of wines as well. The mango sorbet was amazing by the way! We enjoyed it so much that as we walked past a couple nights later, on our way to another restaurant, the smell pulled us in for another amazing meal. Seamless service both times, also loved that our waiter recognised us. I have every intention on visiting Ma Goa plenty more times in the future"
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "Delicious food All the dishes we tried were so tasty. Want to go back to try more of the menu choice. .."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Ma Goa never fails to serve up Goan food with a twist. Perfect escape from the westernised take on Indian food and adds a bit of something special to Indian cuisine. The only fault I could find is that the ambience is perfectly fine but nothing special."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant in Putney...can't recommend it highly enough. Divine food and lovely hosts. Always a culinary delight to eat there! "
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "We went here fora romantic evening out. The owner and his team were charming attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Perhaps a little quick to serve the food. The place has a nice buzz and avoids the cliched indian restaurant style. The food was excellent value and delicious without exception. All sounds a bit over the top, but it really is a super restaurant."
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "Came here for dinner and the meal was lovely, cannot fault it at all. Would definitely recommend. Great service too."
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "I've just moved to Putney and am trying out all the local restaurants. My friend and I were the first people in there at 7.15pm on Wednesday, but it filled up by 8pm. Friendly service and excellent food, spinach with paneer and chicken on the bone in tomato based sauce were particularly good. Prices were happily affordable, although it's a shame there aren't midweek offers to compete with the range of deals on elsewhere. The decor is somewhat vapid."
    dined on 14/05/2014
  • "Had dinner here with my parents who were visiting from the states and we had a great meal. Food and service were fantastic! I highly recommend. "
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "I go to Ma Goa reasonably regularly for years, it's by far my favourite restaurant of the Indian genre in the UK. I never fail to be impressed by the originality and creativity of their cooking – my latest treat was a fabulous crab concoction from the daily specials, it was sublime. The wine list is similarly creative, I adore Alentejano (Portuguese) reds, and the choice – Grous – I made on this visit, while not cheap, was absolutely perfect with the rich and spicy crab. I always work on the premise that you get what you pay for. This is most definitely worth paying for!"
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "The food was delicious - a good choice, well described, with not too lengthy a menu. The service was attentive and informative. The restaurant was full when we arrived at 7.45 and there was a constant stream of people all evening - always a good sign. This was our first visit to Ma Goa and we will certainly be going back. Would definitely recommend."
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "We went to Ma Goa with my parents to celebrate my birthday and we weren't disappointed. The value for London and such a great food was amazing. The ribs for starter and slow cooked lamb for main were the stars of the meal. Also a good wine list! Would highly recommend! "
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "The setting was relatively informal, intimate & lively and the food as excellent, if not better than some of the top Central London Indian restaurants we've been to. The service was friendly and food promptly delivered cooked to order. The variety between meat, veg or seafood/fish offered on the menu was excellent and their desert menu likewise. I had a 'simple' green curry chicken which was so special in its flavour, good sized chicken breast pieces and lots of delicious sauce. We barely had room for the lovely deserts but managed the kulfi of the day, mango which was one of the best we've ever had- memorable!. This was our first visit,,attracted by its inclusion in the book Capital Spice and we highly recommend it, and will be back."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "If you want to sample some authentic unpretentious Goanese fare in a buzzy yet homely ambience, this is the place to go."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "I visited Ma Goa on 5 April 2014 for a birthday dinner with my boyfriend. He's a committed meat eater and I'm a vegetarian, so we don't always like the same restaurants! But with Ma Goa there's no problem - we were both beautifully catered for. The food is incredible and portions are generous."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Popped in midweek with a friend and had a lovely meal. My Lanbshank was as good as any I have had. A few weeks previously I had a meal on Sunday evening and was delighted to find they had a Sunday special of a Keema curry. This was really special and probably the best I've ever had. I wish I could have the recipe."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Love goan curries! Not overly creamy, both meat and fish options are outstanding."
    dined on 01/04/2014
  • "My family had a lovely meal at this restaurant, every dish that we ordered was full of complex flavours (different from the standard curry house!) and they were all delicious. I would definitely recommed this restaurant to friends and family."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "What I liked most about this restaurant was that it was different and offered choices I had never seen before. Lamb and kidney starter was absolutely delicious as was the sea bass. Spicing was excellent and flavour was deep and interesting. Recommend if you are not into "high street" curries and want something authentic."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Fantastic wine selection, delicious dishes from an interesting menu and attentive staff - the perfect Goan restaurant."
    dined on 05/03/2014
  • "Really tasty Indian food, definitely one of the best in London. Friendly staff and very good service, too! We will be back,"
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "The food was good and we tried a big selection from the menu. Great variety of dishes, tasty lamb and naan bread. However the correlation of portions/price was not the best. We found it a bit pricey."
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "Went for the sunday buffet lunch option which provided a decent selection at a very good price. Tables are sat a little bit too close together for my liking but overall a very good experience"
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "Excellent selection of Goan cuisine, a much welcome change if like me you don't like the usual Indian restaurant offering of korma and masala. Delicious starters? I had the salmon, great food and good portions. Decent wine selection too reasonable priced. Ill definitely go back."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "We were impressed with the range of dishes on offer - several starters, mains and sides as well as bread. All of them were tasty. Very good value for money. I wouldn't mind going every Sunday!"
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "I generally love Indian food but this was one of the most unpleasant meals I've had the misfortune to eat in a restaurant. The food had no light and shade and the four meat dishes I tried tasted very similar to me. The masalas tasted sour and pungent and much more like a marinate that a sauce. The pork ribs were just pure fat and not very tasty either. The service was friendly but didn't make up for the poor food."
    dined on 14/02/2014