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A longstanding exponent of rarely found Goan cooking, Ma Goa has become a local favourite with those looking for something more than the curry-house norm. Pass through the slightly theme-led
reception to a clean, modern dining room that, were it not for the art on the walls & the aromas from the kitchen, could be serving any cuisine. Well-turned-out waiters bring heavy, carefully
annotated menus (with a wine list carefully selected to match the spicy food). Longevity seems to have led to a loss of spark, however. Those smart waiters can be brusque, & dishes such as
galina xacutti (chicken with sesame & coconut & green chillies) can seem workaday. While everything’s perfectly adequate, the restaurant appears to lack its former focus. Let’s hope this
experience was merely a blip.
When going out for Indian food, northern Indian/ Punjabi cuisine is usually on offer and heading to Ma Goa, I was looking forward to trying something new in the form of Goan cuisine.Goa, famed for it’s hedonistic beaches, is a fusion of Indian and Portuguese, a product of 500 years of Portuguese occupation. Goan cuisine is heavily Portuguese influenced and given its coastal location, includes a hefty dose of seafood.We’re here with a large group to celebrate a birthday and we’re soon settled in a warm cosy room with some piped Bollywood tunes filtering through...
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