Ma Goa

4.6
509 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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 509 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

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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3.0Dined on 20 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Absolutely amazing every time! Favourite Indian restaurant!

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Great menu - charming people

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3.0Dined on 28 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

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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2.0Dined on 24 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

We've been going to Ma Goa for donkeys' years - but this was the first time we've visited since they've completely changed the menu, layout and décor, and are offering a brilliant mixture of street food and innovative Indian dining in a very relaxed atmosphere. No more white table cloths, but still linen napkins on the quirky laminated? tables with vibrant decoration around the restaurant. The approach attracts youngsters as well as us oldies, and makes for an ideal venue to get together with old pals for some lovely Ma Goa food. Youngsters in and out in an hour, while we put the world to rights over 2+ hours - a perfect Friday night!

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5.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Really nice indian , friendly staff and nice atmosphere. Recommend

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4.0Dined on 7 March 2018

Good restaurant with good veggie and some vegan options.
Great service, nice setting if a little utilitarian since the refit. Trendy looking, but not the most comfortable.
Food was good too. Reasonably good value for money. Good flavours.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

One of best meals i have had in ages. Dont often get Goan curry and this was excpetional. Service was great and food delicious. Porco vindaloo just right a nice kick and not crazy.

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5.0Dined on 20 February 2018

Good service, nice staff, food came quickly, defo value for money

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5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Love this find in Putney would highly recommend! Will be returning

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4.0Dined on 6 February 2018

Lovely local restaurant, authentic and spicy Indian food. Very charming service and interesting beers

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Lovely food and revamped menu delicious and service charming. Only teeny niggle is that it is a bit hot! Thoroughly recommend

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5.0Dined on 12 January 2018

The restaurant had changed since our last visit and one half remained a restaurant and the other half more a craft beer bar and my son was delighted as he is a craft beer fan. The restaurant food was delicious and we enjoyed it very much.

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5.0Dined on 10 January 2018

Great food, try the Papadum with dips!
Good options of beer.
Lovely customer service.

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5.0Dined on 5 January 2018

I have been there many times and this time was with friends who had not visited before. As usual everything was outstanding. They were very impressed with everything and I am sure will visit again

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5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

Staff are brilliant, food is fantastic and a lovely atmosphere, really enjoyed our New Year's Eve dinner here!

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4.0Dined on 22 December 2017

I love Ma Goa - the food is immense. The only issue I have is with the price of alcohol, particularly the beer. It is overpriced and often in half pints for the price of a normal pint in other curry houses. Could do with a bit of background music.

The staff are great and so is the food so despite these small grumbles I will continue going here everytime I feel like a curry. The lamb dishes are superb.

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5.0Dined on 20 December 2017

The food is fantastic, lots of subtle flavours with just the right level of heat to enhance but not overwhelm other flavours. Great setting and service. The kicker to the experience is the wine shop next door called Glug. Owned by the same people I recommend you go in before your meal. You can sample a couple of wines with the very knowledgeable Ben who will guide you to the best bottle or two that will suit your dining experience. It is all a bit special. Enjoy.

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4.0Dined on 19 December 2017

Good service, and a different take on your usual curry house, more like cuisine in some respects. An unusual selection of beers rather than the usual Cobra/ Kingfisher offerings.

Slightly more expensive rather than your usual curry house but worth it for the tasty food on offer.

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5.0Dined on 13 December 2017

'Amazing' food, enjoyed everything - we ordered a load of different things between 3 of us and every single thing was exceptionally tasty.

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4.0Dined on 13 December 2017

1st time at this restaurant. Overall very enjoyable and will certainly return. Very good food, nice people running the place, lively ambience (verging on a little noisy), reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on 25 November 2017

A really enjoyable experience with delicious food, wine, a fun and lively atmosphere and excellent service. A fresh and original take on a traditional Indian meal: super quality of the food with a wide selection of fresh and tasty dishes . They also recommended some wonderful wines to go with our meal. Thanks for a great evening, we'll be back soon!

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5.0Dined on 22 November 2017

We have been dining here from the first days this family-run welcoming restaurant opened. It has maintained the highest standards of authentic Goan (Portuguese-influenced) cuisine throughout all those years. Every dish is a gem, with the spices and herbs finely balanced so that all the subtle flavours are allowed to shine through. From delicate starters, through a wide spectrum of main courses to far-too tempting deserts, they never seem to put a foot wrong. There is an excellent, modestly-priced wine list (including some excellent Portuguese wines - ) and beers if the sensitivity of your taste-buds demands it. If this sounds "over the top", but if you appreciate lovingly prepared food from the sub-continent, you must go there and be convinced.

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