The Manhattan Fish Market makes consistently good seafood with no expense spared, from their end or yours. It's a good, consistent meal, but expensive.
So, we re-reviewed the Manhattan Fish Market, after many comments from you. The basic gist of the review is the same - MFM serves good, consistent food which is also really expensive.
We started with the Cheesy Chips (Rs. 590) which are big hunks of potato with generous amounts of cheese. Really really good, perhaps the best cheese fries we've had in Sri Lanka. Also really expensive.
Then we had the Spicy Baked Fish (Rs. 1,090) and the Spicy Seafood Olio (Rs. 1,350). Both really good. The Spicy Baked Fish is basically rice and white fish in a hot sauce and veg. The rice was a bit undercooked for us, but the baked fish remains flavorful and really hot and punchy. It's a tasty treat. The Seafood Olio is a light pasta with mussels, cuttlefish and prawns. Again, quite good, very flavorful, nice pieces of seafood. Quite good, quite expensive. Perhaps you're getting the point.
The total for two, without drinks, was Rs. 3,800. Honestly, this is about what you'll pay for two at a Chinese restaurant, but the portions aren't big here, you can't bring more people and save. You're looking at spending around $15 USD a head here, which is what you'd pay at similar franchises abroad. Compared to Rs. 150 for a buth packet, this is really expensive but not filling.
The food is expensive. What you get is mostly imported ingredients, including really good white fish which doesn't taste fishy (dora), and a consistency across all the dishes and seemingly all times. Food wise at least we think you get what you pay for, but it's is so expensive that we hesitate to go there often.
When you enter and exit the entire staff generally says hello. We missed that welcome but they got us on the way out. We sat in a somewhat nooky corner and had to flag down or go find the service sometimes. People have complained here and - at these prices - lapses basically can't happen. The staff was well informed and polite.
As mentioned in the first review, they've made good use of a previously abused space. The only thing is that some of the downstairs seats are out of the line of sight of service staff.
We still think it's a good franchise. Consistent and tasty. It's just really expensive, as expensive as a really good Chinese meal but less food. At those prices they have to keep service levels up, so if you find that slipping let us and them know. Besides that, you generally get what you pay for.
The Spicy Baked Fish Rice or anything involving the Dory fish (imported from Vietnam, not from Finding Nemo) is excellent.