Review on Ma Goa
Goan home cooking in all its spiced-up glory is the tantalising prospect at the Ma Goa, a disarmingly friendly, family-run Putney restaurant. It's a buzzy, up-to-the-minute place, with bright contemporary abstract art on the walls, fresh flowers and black leather chairs. 'Ma' Kapoor cooks and presides over proceedings with help from a beguilingly affable team.
The must-have starter is Goa chorizo, made with palm sugar, Kashmiri chillies and garlic, likewise shrimps in a pungent 'balchao' pickling masala with steamed bread. Other dishes to look out for are Auntie Bella's lamb, Konkan-style chicken mallina, and Ma's escolar fish 'caldin' with coconut, butternut berries and secret spices. And if you want to know what a genuine pork vindaloo tastes like, this is the place to come.
Goa may be the star, but the cooking also crosses many Sub-continental boundaries for other specialities - even going as far as Nepal - and there is plentiful input from family and friends back home. Portuguese and Goan beers - plus Portuguese juices - help to quench the fire, and the wine list is a knowledgeably chosen selection of good bottles from around the globe.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.15pm Tue-Fri (1.00 - 2.45pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.30pm Tue-Sat (6.00 - 10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express