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4/5

The Manhattan Fish Market

31 Deal Place, Colombo 3


The Manhattan Fish Market has delicious seafood and ridiculously friendly stuff - it's an awesome place to dine at if you can handle the bill.



Manhattan Fish Market is pretty much Colombo’s only seafood franchise to date. They started off a bit iffy with their pricing, but they’ve matured well over the past year to become one of the city’s more frequented eateries.

The Seafood

Most fast food franchises tend to stick to meat with just a few seafood options, but Manhattan Fish Market flipped that on its head when it landed in Colombo a couple of years ago. Their initial pricing was a bit too high, but they addressed the issue by actually lowering their overall price point and introducing deals which offer great value. Keeping all of that in mind, you can have a full meal at MFM for anywhere between Rs. 1000 and Rs. 2500 on the higher end. One peculiar fact is that the franchise doesn’t originate from Manhattan, in fact that they don’t even have a branch in the USA. The name instead is a hat tip to Fulton's erstwhile fish market under the Brooklyn bridge.

Our visit to MFM was on one of those hellishly hot days, so the first thing we did was to grab two of their mocktails (Rs. 390 each). We honestly weren’t expecting much here other than a cold beverage but the Cala-Cala (calamansi) and Melon Breeze were both refreshing and just right on a warm day. However, the melon was overly sweet and was just a syrupy concoction we didn't finish.

They offer everything from mussels, to shellfish, to a range of different fish so there certainly isn’t a lack of choice here. We started off with the ever popular Fish ’n Chips (Rs. 900). Dory is the base fish here, but you can choose between barramundi, cherry snapper, cod and salmon which go up to around Rs. 1690.

Honestly though, the dory works perfectly here. We got two sizeable fillets of dory with a thick, crunchy and well seasoned golden batter resting on a bed of chunky chilli cheese fries and a side of salad with a garlic herb sauce. I generally don’t care much for the salads but this one was actually fresh, and the cheese on the fries wasn’t the cheap supermarket stuff. The main event here is still the fish which is crispy on the outside with a soft (almost creamy) center.

Our other main was the newly introduced Quad Delight (Rs. 1390) which came with crispy calamari rings, sautéed shrimp, batter fried mushrooms and coleslaw along with with a tartar and tomato sauce. The funny part was that we had a tough time identifying the mushrooms because it actually tasted like seafood.

We would have liked it if they had thrown in a bit more calamari, but we had no issues with the flavour. In contrast to the mushrooms, batter on the calamari was thin, which we preferred since calamari generally entails some chewing anyway.

It was a bit of a toss up for dessert between the sizzling banana fritters and tiramisu (Rs. 440), but we ended up going with the latter. This unfortunately missed the mark with just too much dense cream and too little coffee flavour coming through after the initial topping.

Service & Ambience

The service at the Manhattan Fish Market is relatively fast with our orders coming to the table in under twenty minutes. The staff is attentive and friendly when they speak to at the table, but their greetings when guests enter and exit seem to be a bit forced.

The layout at MFM is fairly simple with mostly metal chairs and wooden tables, along with a few couches which seem to be for reservations. It’s not really that impressive and cushions on the seats would be a welcome addition, but they get the job done without overly crowding the space.

Conclusion

We were bit skeptical when Manhattan Fish Market first arrived in Colombo, but since then they’ve done a great job of adapting by changing both their menu and the pricing. As far as seafood goes, they offer varied selection at range of prices with solid execution.


TIP

The Spicy Baked Fish Rice or anything involving the Dory fish (imported from Vietnam, not from Finding Nemo) is excellent.
All Reviews

We went back to The Manhattan Fish Market recently to see how they're doing.

Manhattan Fish Market is pretty much Colombo’s only seafood franchise to date. They started off a bit iffy with their pricing, but they’ve matured well over the past year to become one of the city’s more frequented eateries.

The Manhattan Fish Market has delicious seafood and ridiculously friendly stuff - it's an awesome place to dine at if you can handle the bill.

The Manhattan Fish Market is an excellent Malaysian franchise brought to Sri Lanka with no expense spared. They do consistently high quality seafood with a fair but high price.

The Manhattan Fish Market is an excellent Malaysian franchise brought to Sri Lanka with no expense spared. They do consistently high quality seafood with a fair but high price.

සිංහල මෑන්හැටන් ෆිෂ් මාකට් කියන්නේ විශිෂ්ට මැලේ සියානු නම්වර සමාගමක් හෙවත් ෆ්‍රැන්චයිස් එකක්. ඔවුහු ගුණාත්මක අතින් ඉහළ මුහුදු ආහාර නිපදවනවා. මිළ අධික වුණත් ගුණය එක්ක බැලුවාම සාධාරණයි.

Address

31 Deal Place, Colombo 3

Directions

From the Liberty Road junction head down Duplication Road, past St. Anthony's Mawatha till Deal Place. You can turn either way to park.

Contacts

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Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Seafood

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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thamashi

Awesome place. The food was excellent. Staff was very nice and helpfull.

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BaileyDar

The drinks @ MFM are amazing!!! I tried some banana drink (monkey something, i can't exactly remember the name) it was delicious. and I love the hot food they serve. They greet each and every customer so loud once they arrive, I kinda don't like it :P

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damieanyamu

One of the #worstfood I have tasted… #tasteless #oldprawns #verybland all I tasted was the sause #nevergoingback #manhattanfishmarket #rajagiriya

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thamashi

Awesome place. The food was excellent. Staff was very nice and helpfull.

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BaileyDar

The drinks @ MFM are amazing!!! I tried some banana drink (monkey something, i can't exactly remember the name) it was delicious. and I love the hot food they serve. They greet each and every customer so loud once they arrive, I kinda don't like it :P

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damieanyamu

One of the #worstfood I have tasted… #tasteless #oldprawns #verybland all I tasted was the sause #nevergoingback #manhattanfishmarket #rajagiriya

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mwarapitiya

Best place to visit. Food is awesome. Love the service also.

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Arunabandra

A good dinner with friends and seafood what else. Had this so many time and always love it. No body is perfect guys but they always try never disappointed us. A must try Fish n Chip.

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Giules

Food is okay to good, but way overpriced. In case people weren't aware, Manhattan Fish Market is on the lower end of the scale in it's native Singaore. But much like other imported brands (Breadtalk) they'll be charging astronomical prices that aren't worth what they sling.

For what you pay here you're better off going with some tried and true establishments that can't be beat like the Lagoon Restaurant at Cinnamon Grand.

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Janaka360

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