Ma Goa

4.7
583 reviews
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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Sun 5:30PM - 5:45PM
Tue - Thu 6:00PM - 6:15PM

What 583 People Are Saying
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J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Totally amazing lamb shank curry, great depth of flavour meat falling off the bone. The paratha equally as delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant

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E
London
172 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good and varied, although not particularly spicy. Generally fine but could be more flavoursome. Main problem was the noise level which caused us to have to leave after maincourse

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F
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been going for 25 years and can understand why. Great flavours and menu relaxed friendly service

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; great service - thoroughly recommend

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PF
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service and food. Very nice service. Would go(a)gain :)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, relaxed setting and great service

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SH
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

delicious, authentic food with layers of flavor and well developed heat

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to Ma Goa for many years and it just goes on getting better and better. Service now does justice to the fabulous food and the ambience is bang on.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top class food in a relaxed setting, with friendly staff and good craft beers

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Absolutely top quality food, but music so loud we couldn’t really talk. Asked to lower volume, which they did but shortly after back to loud. Shame as the food was outstanding.

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SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food

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RR
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good ambience and excellent service. Ma Goa is not your usual Indian restaurant. Worth a visit if you are looking for a local restaurant in Putney and you will get a satisfying dining experience.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Indian Cuisine. I would not hesitate to recommend Ma Goa for delicious food . I hope that I return soon

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IB
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three work colleagues had a fabulous meal at MaGoa. The pork vindaloo is authentic and not just rammed with chilli.
Able to cater for a gluten-free diner no problem and friendly staff managed to balance being attentive without being intrusive.
Dee was on hand personally to take orders and advise on choices from the refreshingly limited menu (meaning that dishes are of exceptional quality)
We had a great evening and will become regulars over our forthcoming robustness trips to Putney

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place to eat the staff were very good. Food was very good especially the lamb chops delicious

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RD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved it. The menu felt fresh and modern but with a number of 'classic' dishes which people go back to order. Relaxed atmosphere but also efficient. Food arrived pronto and staff around and on hand and quick with the bill but didn't push us to leave. Really excellent.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic experience, unique and delicious food, good service given how busy it was on a Friday night and an energetic ambience. Ma Goa is a place I like to take my London hosts as a thank you whenever I'm in staying and it has become a special place for us.

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JD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I thoroughly enjoy visiting Ma Goa, Putney, having been there on and off for more than a decade. On this occasion, virtually every table was occupied and the noise level had become rather intrusive. Perhaps I am just getting a bit old?! There are ways of dampening noise in these circumstances, and it might be worth management considering them.

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PL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and atmosphere

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SM
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and lovely food. Laid back ambience and very pleasant time was had. Thank you.

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T
Brighton
9 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant. Really friendly service and lovely atmosphere. Nice to have a modern twist to the traditional Indian menu and decor. Delicious food, although my male friend thought the portions were a little small! It was certainly sufficient for me.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Too loud of course. Otherwise very good. Food and service excellent

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MK
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place! Definitely coming back! Great food and drinks menu!

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CW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, interesting menu and good atmosphere. Had a prawn curry that was outstanding!

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LE
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere, amazing flavours and friendly staff - lives up to the hype

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best service in Putney? Probably. Delicious food, the lamb chops were perfectly pink and the finest naan bread in town! Thank you 😊

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HL
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service and wonderful food. Portions were just the right size and the flavours and presentation were excellent. The staff were all friendly and attentive. I scored 4 star overall as a minor improvement would be to serve the curry sauces in a warm dish and provide hot plates as the food cooled very quickly. This wouldn’t stop us returning.

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CR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My fourth trip to this lovely restaurant, the food is always delicious and full of interesting flavours. On this occasion we had the recommended Malbec which was perfect to. Ma Goa has yet to disappoint! Well worth the the short train ride from Richmond which is a curry wasteland.

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TJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had Mothers Day dinner here, and again a winner. We have a hard time not making it to Ma Goa when in London. Truly a special mix of flavors at great value for top notch Service Indian cuisine in Pitney.

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H
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Usual excellent experience at this long standing family run restaurant. Worth a journey to go there.

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M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Hadn't been here for a while so the interior had changed substantially. However, the food was still excellent and there was a much better choice of beers!

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BE
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Ualways enjoy dining here I only live a few doors away at 226 Upper Richmond Road so lovely and close for an eighty year old.

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CV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ma Goa is always excellent. Food is delicious, good and spicy and never too fatty. I only wish they served normal-sized pints.

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H
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The usual exceptional quality from this longstanding family restaurant.
It never fails to deliver.

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JB
Lincolnshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great true Indian food, best in SW London. One to try if you want authentic

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CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Yes. This is a lively, fun and tasty venue. Great food, friendly service and fab ambience. One of the best restaurants left in Putney!

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Finally good Indian. Loved all the dishes which where really complex and had a lovely kick of spice. Definitely will be back.

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PK
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and good waiting staff, willing to offer recommendation; good family time on Sunday evening

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VK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic food with attentive service!

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WK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been for 2 years since moving from Putney. Thankfully, still incredible...

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