Ma Goa Express, SW14 8QT
- (020) 8876 2288
- 199 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen (map of this place)
- SW14 8QT
- Tue--Sat 6pm--11pm, Sun 6pm--10pm, <i>closed Mondays</i>
- Nearby Tube stops: none, but Mortlake Station for overground trains
This is the takeaway branch of [Ma Goa, SW15 6TG]?. You can pick up food here or get it delivered, but there's no eat-in facility. There isn't a delivery charge, but the minimum order for delivery is £7.50. [Prices as of December 2002]
From the takeaway menu:
Over the past 9 years my parents and I have prepared our favourite dishes in our family restaurant in Putney. We use traditional family recipes handed down through the generations. We cook little and often. We use only the finest herbs, vegetables and meats, the purest spices and no artificial colours. Above all, we cook with love and passion which we believe are the most important ingredients by far.
We are now proud to offer a delivery and takeaway service from our new Sheen outlet. All food is cooked fresh to order and delivered hot to your home.
I hope that you will enjoy the food that I ate each evening at home as a child.
This is the very best Indian food that I've eaten for quite some time; possibly ever. The Prawn Caldin (£7.50), cooked in “a traditional Goan sauce made with coconut milk, curry leaves, kokum (sour fruit), mustard seeds and palm vinegar”, is rich and delicious, made with king prawns with their tails still on. The Palak Murgh (£6.50), chicken cooked on the bone with spinach, dill and fenugreek, is good too; plenty of tasty shredded greenery and large, decent-quality, competently-cooked pieces of chicken. The pullao rice (£3 for a two-person portion) is simply cooked in “a rich vegetable stock” but is almost good enough to eat on its own. [Prices as of December 2002]
Vegetarians are catered for with eight dishes which can be served as side dishes for £3.50 or main dishes for £5.95 — we tried Tauri (courgettes with tomato and mustard seeds); the courgettes were perfectly cooked and the dish was full of flavour (pretty spicy though). Next time I'm going to try the Bund Gobi (stir-fried shredded cabbage and carrots with ginger and cumin) — I've made something similar at home but not had it from a restaurant. [Prices as of December 2002]
You really need to get your fingers into this food; I tried eating it with a fork but soon started picking up the chicken pieces to get at the best bites, and pulling apart the prawns to get into the tail meat.
An ample amount of food for two people came to just under £25. Well worth it. This place is very highly recommended. [Prices as of December 2002]