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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.



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.

Service & Ambience

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Although this is obviously an expensive high-end restaurant, the Manhattan Fish Market is disguised as a mid-range diner. The seating is both tables and sofas, the art on the walls are fun, the staff is very interactive (one of them announces 'GUEST IN!' and 'GUEST LEAVING!' appropriately so the rest of them can shout greetings at you - it's adorable), and we love their whole low lit, relaxed, hangout-spot vibe.

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The waiters were incredibly friendly and the service was prompt - every now and then you'll see some live food action when a waiter subjects a dish to a flamer or pours something cool over a sizzling platter.

Food

We got their quad delights, a combo-starter (Rs. 1090), their precociously-named sexy hot whole fish (Rs. 2790) and the cajun chickie marinara to just check what the fish market's chicken might be like (Rs. 940). For dessert we got the tempting Manhattan mud pie that promised chocolate ice cream, Oreo and chocolate syrup (Rs. 590). That was basically just two meals, a starter and a dessert, but we can already feel you cringing at the bill.

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The starter was surprisingly good - expensive places are famous for poor starters that are more of an excuse for a dish than an actual dish, but the quad delights were awesome - batter fried shrimp, calamari and mushroom in corners, flanked by mayo and tangy dips, and yummy coleslaw at the center. It was sizeable and tasted great.

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The chicken marinara was very good too. The spaghetti was slathered in marinara that was predominantly all tomatoes - it was filling, if not that impressive; the chicken was very well cooked and served in large portion. This dish for just Rs. 940 is decent enough to fill your belly on an average day.

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The sexy hot whole fish was sexy as hell. Albeit for a whopping Rs. 2790. Presentation was awesome - it was huge and came wrapped in aluminium foil and the waiter unwrapped it carefully, as the mouth-watering fragrance of steaming whole fish wafted out of it. It came poached in a soupy broth of veggies, scallops and calamari, and plenty of bread to dip into it. The fish was soft and just falling off to the touch. The broth, spicy and delicious with the bread, was the best part about this dish.

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The mud pie for Rs. 590 was alright. The layer of ice cream wasn't impressive but when you get to the middle the Oreo comes in and tastes sweet and perfect with the little nuts and all the chocolate syrup. It was so small though and so we cried into our plates because just like all the best love stories it was over just when it was starting to get so good.

Conclusion

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As huge shameless foodies, we can't help but love the Manhattan Fish Market. Their taxes will totally screw you over though - at the end the damage for two was a heart-clutching Rs. 6000. The food however is stellar, one of the handful of super seafood places in Colombo, so if your wallet's got what it takes then go.

 

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

Facebook Website

Report Inaccuracy

Closed right now

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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