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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.



Sri Lanka is home to a bunch of international franchise restaurants. Some of them are commonly found, much like your average Perera & Sons bakery. However, not all of them live up to the hype. Some of them we avoid, unless we are very broke and have no other option, or there are deals where you get these 'buy-one-get-one-free' offers. 

But we have found an exception to the above rule - The Manhattan Fish Market. It's been over 5 years since they put down their roots down Deal Place, later on at Rajagiriya, and they've been doing a fine job ever since. True, it's kinda expensive than your usual franchise restaurant, but for a good reason. Our recent experience at The Manhattan Fish Market wasn't any different than our last

Food 

We started off our meal with a Farmer's Soup (Rs.340). Hearty, oniony and garlicky, this one had a bountiful of veggies - broccoli, onions, and carrots whatnot, that you can taste in every spoonful. It was deliciously thick and a good one to awake your tastebuds before the mains. 

Sticking to the old favourites, we ordered a plate of Fish & Chips (Rs. 1190), while choosing Dory as our base. It's the least expensive option available of this kind, but if you've got some extra cash in hand, you can opt for the barramundi, cherry snapper, cod, and salmon version of it.

This one has been one of our go-to dishes at Manhattan Fish Market over the years, and even this time around it didn't fail to impress us. Two sizable Dory fillets beautifully coated with a light, crispy and golden batter, it was topped off with garlic herb sauce. What's followed after the batter was the fish, soft and with an almost creamy-like texture that flaked off into wedges as we bit into it.

The fries they served with this were crispy, sharp with just the right amount of salt, while the side salad was dressed with a tangy sauce. 

The Small Grill (Rs. 1790) had a lot to offer on the plate. Featuring a bunch of seafood - calamari, tiger prawns, and a dory fillet grilled to perfection, it was served with a delicious garlic rice, a portion of french fries, steamed veggies and a cup of hot sauce. Garlic sauce and seafood is always a good combo, and each of these seafood varieties was covered with a generous amount of it. Boosted by the spicy notes that come through the hot sauce, this one made for one fine, and absolutely filling treat. 

Drinks

*Pictured above - Chocolate Milkshake (left), Melon Breeze (right)

Creamy and thick in texture, the Chocolate Milkshake (Rs. 590) was delicious and came with a massive blob of whipped cream on top, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. In terms of flavour, it was more on the milky side, as opposed to being chocolatey. Some more chocolate ice cream should do the trick. 

The Melon Breeze is your perfect drink (Rs. 390) for a sunny Colombo day. Refreshing, with citrusy hints emerging through, it was superb while the sweet strawberry syrup helps to balance out the flavours nicely. However, we couldn't quite locate the watermelon constituent in this. 

Service & Ambience

I was busy gulping down all the seafood, so forgot to take a picture of the inside of the restaurant. This picture here is over two years old but safe to say that nothing much has changed in the interior. It's the same black colour wooden-topped tables and comfortable red colour chairs and couches. 

The staff greets and bids farewell to their customers upon arrival and exit like they've been doing since always. Our food arrived within 15 minutes of ordering, which is really impressive considering the place was stuffed with customers on a Sunday evening. 

Conclusion

Still good and going strong. We recommend. 

 


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

Open until 12:00 AM

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Seafood

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
User Reviews
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2

4/5

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thamashi

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

B
6

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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3

2/5

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damieanyamu

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

T
2

4/5

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thamashi

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

B
6

4/5

0

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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3

2/5

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damieanyamu

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

M
1

5/5

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mwarapitiya

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

A
1

5/5

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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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1

2/5

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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.

J
1

5/5

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Janaka360

Grilled Glory Dory එක නම් නියමයි, Spicy baked Fish එක නම් දහ ජරාවක් සමහර විට ඒකේ හැටිද දන්නේ නෑ …

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