Ma Goa

4.6
528 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Spicy
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.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of Operation
CLOSED ON MONDAY
Tue - Sat 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 2:30pm and 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
020 8780 1767
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Payment Options
Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Sushma Kapoor
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Catering
We cater for small canape parties to weddings up to 200 people. We also have a barbecue service. Call Deepak on 07887953165
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Area
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Parking Details
3 FREE BAYS ACROSS THE ROAD FROM 7PM
OTHERWISE PARKING AVAILABLE ON RAVENNA RD - FREE AFTER 6.30PM
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Public Transit
Tube: East Putney, Bus Nos. 337,430 Putney Bridge
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 5:30PM - 5:45PM
Tue - Thu 6:00PM - 6:15PM

What 528 People Are Saying
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p
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal beautiful food - great service and fun atmosphere - starters were wonderful and generous - lamb shanks were fantastic and bread was so nice.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely cosy place with great South Indian food. Great service - will go back.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent authentic Indian food with great service and good value for money

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NW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent local joint. been coming here for years. it never disappoints and the proprietor is always there. a very good sign in a restaurant. authentic goan cuisine with an imaginative twist. an invaluable place in putney

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant about 4 times now and it’s always excellent!

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D
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with 3 work colleagues and had a brilliant time; good food, good portion size, great staff and excellent value. The beer choice was excellent. Thanks for a great evening.

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DL
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply terrific. Sensational food. Lovely people. Hat off to these guys.

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A
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere every time we go for dinner here. Highly recommend!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and superb twist on a regular Indian restaurant. Fantastic around, can't wait to go back

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G
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flavoursome food and not too heavy, good location and music, friendly attentive staff

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D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not a great wine list, but they open up the off license next door (same ownership) so an exceptional selection of wines available.

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AH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Magoa great food and great service will definitely be returning

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GA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to this putney gem : exceeded our expectations on service , friendliness , menu , cooking and presentation.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious, the drinks were great, the service was excellent and there was a great buzz to the restaurant. Would 100% recommend MaGoa to anyone looking for a relaxed restaurant with fantastic food! I was pleasantly surprised

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DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent and slightly different food. Much better than the usual 'curry house' quality. Unusually excellent beer too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

First visit celebrating a family birthday. Food was very good but the service was not. Our main courses arrived half way through our starters! Not good for a first impression! That hasn't even happened in Goa where service can be a bit unpredictable. When I commented that we hadn't finished the waiter did offer to take away the main courses and re-make them, but I didn't want the hassle or extra waiting time. Plenty of staff milling about but none seemed to be too observant of our empty glasses, having previously requested a second round of drinks and reminding them that we were still waiting.
Good food but it would be a better experience if they coordinated their service.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I first went here more than 20 years ago and its reassuring the food is still good BUT the portions are too small (profit?) and the menu has been reduced in terms of choice. Be a bit more generous with the portions and add a bit more choice to the menu and you are back to a winner

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BC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service.... as always. One of my favourite dining places.

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P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In recent times I have developed an aversion to "local curry houses" - all the menus are the same and all the dishes taste the same! I have developed a preference for Indian vegetarian - fresh tasting and different. What a pleasure then to discover Ma Goa, a family run regional restaurant and definitely not vegetarian. A very limited number of dishes on the menu always bodes well, pointing to individual preparation rather than stock sauces ditto the fact that there was much on the menu that was new to me. We were not disappointed. Everything was authentic, seriously good and distinctive. Two special mentions the Dhai Puri starter was reminiscent of the best Indian street food - soft, crispy, crunchy, sweet, sour and savoury with just enough chili heat to set the palate for the rest of the meal to follow. And the Porco Vindaloo - Vindaloo as it should be pork, hot and sour a million miles for the abomination that is served in most curry houses. Great selection of craft ales to complement the food - not a Cobra or Kingfisher in sight! We will be back with friends as soon as we can!

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LH
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely delicious dinner on a Sunday evening to celebrate my birthday. Good service and exquisite food. Would definitely recommend!

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TJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great meal. Out meat eaters were very happy especially with the lamb shank, and the vegetarians in the crowd thoroughly satisfied as well.

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VS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always. The people who run it are incredibly accommodating and the food is always fantastic. Not your typical Indian restaurant

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I always think the quality of the food is excellent. However, I regret the absence of starched white table cloths and napkins and also the increasing level of noise. I am not keen on the new range of beers and would prefer the Indian Cobra or Kingfisher.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service!! really impressed with the quality of food and will definitely return.

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JB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious, fresh and exceedingly tasty goan inspired food. The Lamb Kofta specials were divine.

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OT
London
20 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service, we had a lovely time there

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L
London
18 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing every time! Favourite Indian restaurant!

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S
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious although a little on the pricey side. Great place to get together with friends and the staff were very accommodating with our last minute booking.

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely little restaurant. Staff very attentive and polite, and the food was really really tasty!!!

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SP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, superb service, friendly staff and the only way this isn’t 100/100 is they happen to be in Upper Richmond Road which is quite noisy when you’re outside. Still I love going there, and the food is in my experience the best Indian in London.

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J
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy restaurant with a lively atmosphere, also had an outside seating area at back of restaurant. All the staff were friendly and efficient. Food served without much waiting. Very tasty and good sized portions. Would go again when in booking he area.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Love that you can bring a bottle of wine in from the wine bar next door if you want a larger selection that the standard menu. Good modern interior and selection of food choices too. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to your restaurant about 3 times now, every time is excellent!

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AZ
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food the waiters and very kind and helpful.Very beautiful ambient inside and terrace so cosy.
We will back soon

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N
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu - charming people

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable evening, but unfortunately, as with so many restaurants nowadays it is very noisy! As we are now in our 70s our hearing is not great. However, it was good to see so many young people there, and to imbibe the atmosphere. We hadn’t been to the restaurant for many years, and it’s good to see that it is still very popular!

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NW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent place given new look and cuisine better than ever. knowledgeable and friendly family proprietor always helpful. best indian in putney

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PB
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt, the best Indian food I have tasted! Authentic, delicious and excellent presentation. A friendly and relaxed atmosphere with attentive and pleasant staff.
I cannot fault the evening which catered perfectly for our family. Thank you for a most enjoyable evening.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

The food, advertised as being authentic food from Goa, was disappointing. The pork in the vindaloo was overcooked and the spicing was murky and indistinct - it could have been a generic curry paste. The lamb cutlets were skimpy and unremarkable; perhaps they should have been shown to the grill to give a slight texture on the outer surface. The pudding course was also disappointing - there was no kulfi and the mango sorbet that was offered as a replacement was not available (at 7:45 on a Saturday evening). The service was, at best, perfunctory; different people took different parts of the order so there was no continuity and a question asked about a possible allergy was never answered.
The ambience was noisy rendering communication difficult but not impossible (we were treated to some salacious details from the conversation at the next table). Definitely not the place for an intimate date - thank heavens ours wasn't!

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and we all loved it. We will be back!

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