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Ma Goa

4.6
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654 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
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For over two decades, Deepak Kapoor has strived to achieve a sense of family dining at his Traditional Indian - and Putney staple, Ma Goa. Since its opening in 1993, Dee and his Mother (Ma) have continued to evolve their menu, adapting flavours and cooking with fresh ingredients procured weekly from Tooting Market. Their only rule? Everything must be delicious!


While many Indian Restaurants now use short-cuts in their cookery, the chefs at Ma Goa are proud of the fact that each of their dishes are cooked individually, The Kitchen is very much a Family operation - Ma still cooks most mornings while Dee's three children contribute ideas and love to help the chefs!


In 2017, the Kapoor family did a complete overhaul of their successful eatery. Adding a craft beer tap wall and replacing the white table cloths with a rustic, marketplace interior, they have brought Ma Goa back to its roots: fuss-free, authentic food straight from the streets of India.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 654 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmberB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely family run business. The food was tasty and well presented. Can't wait to go back again.

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Caroline
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening, thank you. The service was friendly and efficient and the food delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wondering how we have lived in Putney for 3 years and not been before!! Highly recommend

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Snozzberry
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great environment with social distancing measures in place

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EllieC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Felt safe & food was lovely. Thanks!

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HerbG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A joy to be back and see Ma Goa back in operation!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great food, every dish has its own delicious character

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JulesW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic and staff are great. Wonderful gluten free food

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AnshumanP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Food is ok, without being great. The main course of lamb kodi was great. Starters were a disappointment in the main.

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vipS1274
London
150 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Lovely Sunday brunch just not as flavoursome as we’d like - not very spicy a bit bland - but nevertheless good value

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Not very impressive "Indian". Have travelled extensively around India and this was a poor imitation. Food - especially the tarka daal - seriously oversalted. Plain rice pointlessly salted.

Ordered a thali each. Pushing calling it that. 4 dishes one (salted) rice one (salted) salad and two side dishes. Small poppadom. Not exactly an all in one meal.

When we flagged this the daal was too salty. It was returned watered down and reheated. We flagged this and that it was still too salty. were advised that could not be the case as everything was fresh and tomato had been added to absorb the salt *rolls eyes*.

Cannot recommend.

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LucyT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, loved that you can enjoy a great bottle of red with dinner too

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and good atmosphere

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Rupert
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food took 40 mins to come but was delicious when it did

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and atmosphere although the music was quite loud. More expensive than expected but overall very good

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pamm
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and flavours excellent, service a bit slow as it was Saturday & lots of takeaways going out at peak time which we noticed as we were sitting by the door.

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CraigA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, as always - we will be back. One of our favourite restaurants in London - distinctive.

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MikeMac
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant, unfortunately they didn't have a note of our reservation, thanks OpenTable..!! However they did seat us anyway, no problem.

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Louella
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful valentines dinner at Ma Goa. Would 100% recommend.

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P1973
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wonderful staff and a laid back atmosphere. The tarka dahl is simply sublime.
Simply the best Indian restaurant in London.

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ellaw
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service a little slow but it was busy! Lovely atmosphere and food was delicious, great variety of beers on tap. Will definitely be back.

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SofieM
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food around, good beer, friendly service and relaxed atmosphere.

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WilliamB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great service and delicious fresh food.

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PhilippaH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Like this place as the food is a bit different and the staff very friendly. Always busy - a good sign - so book in advance!

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sjinlges
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice little local spot, ambience good with great food and drinks.

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vipJULIER
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food, friendly efficient service, great atmosphere. Love this restaurant

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vipCharlotte
London
23 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat, not your bog standard curry in any way....really interesting dishes.
Really lovely staff, once they gave us a table in the wine shop next door because they were full....We've been here lots of times and will keep coming back.
In short...Almost not keen to write a good review as it's hard enough to get a table as it is!!
Go...you'll love it!

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Jess
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always have a lovely time at Ma Goa and it's one of my fave restaurants in Putney! This time I took my dad as he was visiting and everything was delicious - the 4* was only because the dishes were a little too salty! We had the lamb shank, pork vindaloo, and a couple of the small veg dishes (the aubergine and tauri fries). The staff were really attentive and the wine was also great. Can't wait to return!

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SteveR
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely place, very stylish and an original presentation of Goan food, such a nice variation from mainstream Indian style dining.
Menu options may feel slightly limited, I appreciated the quality rather than the quantity however, and look out for the specials.

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vipMarianneL
London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I like this friendly local Indian. The food is always good, the service is great, I really like the staff here. Informal and reliable.

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JohnG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A thoroughly enjoyable, good value meal in this busy restaurant

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vipHoss
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a Putney stalwart. Consistently high standard of food and service. Diverse range of dishes showing individuality and flair.

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YWatai
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to Ma Goa many times. As usual, i enjoyed great food and friendly services! Good selection of vegetable dishes.

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ThomasC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with a creative menu. Nice decor and friendly staff. Looks very busy so make sure you book a table.

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LynneW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was simply awesome, we picked this restaurant as the menu was so appealing, there wasn’t anything on it we didn’t want to try, the flavours were just wonderful I just wish this restaurant was next door to my house!

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CharlieP
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and excellent service. No pork vindaloo however the chef came and talked through other options which was really good. Bit noisy (strange choice of music) and we came out smelling of the meal however this doesn't detract from and overall 5* evening

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CraftyBeerGuy
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Outstanding food - only one dish disappointed (the aubergine). Service was very good with a slightly too long gap between first and second courses (we were hungry so that's a minor quibble). Can't wait to go back

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DavidF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very lucky to have such a great restaurant with a short walk. Very popular so best to book to avoid disappointment. Food excellent, try the 'dressed' popadoms, they are delicious. Good value wine list.

JR
vipJessicaR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food were outstanding. We will 100% recommend this to others.

Thanks!

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Ruth
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a huge fan of South Indian food and this place doesn’t disappoint. Delicious dishes with varied flavours, (whole spices peeping through) and luscious gravy was bountiful- mopped up with fluffy light flatbread (naan type bread). We enjoyed Bella’s lamb, a prawn and aubergine dish, puris and tauri fries. Accompanying coconut rice was fragrant, pretty and delicately flavoured. A short, but tasty Negroni complimented the food. The icing on the cake for the three of us diners was friendly and discreet service, a rare find these days. Another wonderful evening at this simply delightful restaurant.

FAQs

Ma Goa does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Ma Goa also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8780 1767.

Ma Goa is rated 4.6 stars by 654 OpenTable diners.

Ma Goa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.magoaputney.co.uk/gift.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.