Ma Goa

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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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Sun 5:30PM - 5:45PM
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JU
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
London
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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!

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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!

SR
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 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.

ML
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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.

JG
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A thoroughly enjoyable, good value meal in this busy restaurant

H
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

YW
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

TC
London
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LW
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 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!

CP
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 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

CB
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 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

DF
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 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
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Thanks!

R
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 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.

PK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved it . Food delicious service quick .

TF
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Authentic Goan dishes as well as other options. Our choices were delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Murgh Makhni & Porco Vindaloo are to die for. No other curry will compare.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, staff , service and atmosphere! We will be back!

MS
London
60 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great indian street food - now the third time I've been and works well for just 2 or a group. Wine from next door wine shop is great too, as well as the craft beer selection. I'll be back.

w
London
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Very expensive for what you get. One small samosa with beans starter £7, mains £11. Nearly had lamb shank but glad I didn’t as 1 lamb shank £16. Overall disappointing when considering cost v portion sizes. Bill for 2 with shared starter, 1 paratha, and 2 mains and 1 small beer £55.

AG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious curries and beer! Funky decor and lovely service.

RW
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Indian food and friendly efficient service. Going back there again this week!

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

DR
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and drink, good service - shame about the noise level

JG
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Great food and drink, wonderful service and atmosphere. Great value.

SD
London
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food, highly recommended!

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Brilliant service. Great atmosphere. Would highly recommend

TT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We do like our visits to Ma Goa, but they continue to be more on the infrequent side based on the exorbitant prices. It's a great place but not really value for money. Service is mixed based on which staff member you talk to. The beers are way too expensive considering they are sold as stubbies (large glasses). If it wasn't local, then I don't think we'd travel often to go there

MS
London
60 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I've been to M Goa and love it. Food excellent and fabulous wine from the vintners next door. Will be back

NV
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

A very welcome antidote to the regular Indian restaurant, sporting an individual style that isn't far removed from beach bar/shack. Even at 7.30 mid-week, the place was doing good business, always a good sign. The food was excellent, and certainly had a home-cooked feel about it; my shrimp and aubergine curry was very good, as was an aloo side dish. My friend's lamb-shank dish had a rich, full-on, spiciness that felt very authentic. Service was very efficient, and food arrived promptly.
On the down side, (1) please don't serve papadums with the relishes already spread on them. Who does that? (2) I had a gorgeous draft beer (Big Wave), but if it's draft (that's what it said on the menu), don't understand why's it served in 1/3 and 2/3 pint quantities. This is England, I'm old-school, and we drink pints! (3) Prices are certainly at the high end of average. Thirty-five for one main, a veggie side, some papads and 4/3 pint of beer.

k
London
34 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best , food service music everything fantastic

SB
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I tried the ‘new’ Ma Goa. Excellent, I’ll be going back for more soon. Says it all.

SJ
London
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a few times and it’s the tastiest Indian food in the West!

PL
London
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Indian restaurants in London. Superb food, brilliant staff.

MG
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m Indian heritage and this is the finest Indian restaurant I’ve ever been to in London. Excellent cuisine and overall extremely nice place.

I
London
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was just too spicy as we asked for medium spiciness. My daughter could not finish her plate, burning her throat. Furthermore, she asked without coriander and it came topped with coriander.
But the food is very good in general.
We will still eat there.

w
London
22 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is wonderful! Outside tables nice to sit at on summer evening. Also fab that you can buy wine form wine sop next door if special occasion.

KR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favourite restaurant in Putney. Great environment, great service, and most importantly, incredible food!!

s
London
18 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual, excellent food, good lively atmosphere, good choice of drinks.