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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 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.

The Food



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.

Service



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.

Location



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.

Conclusion



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.

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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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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4/5

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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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