Manhattan Fish Market
Marina Square, Raffles Boulevard, 6 #02-182, 039594 Tel : 63339965
The Central, Eu Tong Sen Street, 6 #02-79 to #02-90, 059817 Tel : 65347903
Plaza Singapura, Orchard Road, 68 #06-07, 238839 Tel : 68359300
White Sands, Pasir Ris Central Street 3, 1 #01-18 to #01-19, 518457 Tel : 68556455
Junction 8 Shopping Centre, Bishan Place, 9 #01-22 to #01-30, 579837 Tel : 63524034
Northpoint Shopping Centre, Yishun Avenue 2, 930 #02-06 to #02-07, 769098 Tel : 62575507
We offer more sea-lections in our menu. Apart from the different types of fish not usually available in the local markets such as Alaskan Pollock, Barramundi and Swordfish, we also have more specialty products which are not easily available. These include Garlic Butter Mussels, Flaming Prawns, Cajun Fried Oysters and more.
Besides their scrumptious food and competitive prices, Manhattan Fish Market seems to have a knack at setting the perfect ambience for any occasion to dine there! Whether you're on date, or simply hanging out with friends, the warm, cozy yellow lights surely make everyone feel at ease.
Eating alone, I will order the fish and chips that is often on promotion and tastes great as well. This dish comes with a big fried fish fillet and a big portion of fries. It is a filling and affordable dish. I do not usually order the soup and drinks unless there is a special promotion that comes with the food I order, as the soups are usually the watery type and not the creamy ones I prefer.
There is a queue at Manhattan’s Fish Market at times, especially during mealtimes on weekends. It is thus advisable to make reservations prior to going down. Even without discounts or promotions, Manhattan serves great food that keeps me going back for more.
Food wise, the batter used has a different flavour that I can’t explain, which is to my liking. However the variety of food presented is quite limited. The cost is around $13.50 for a dish of two portions of battered fish, thick fries, and salad on the side, drinks and clear soup to go along. Still, the price is reasonable as for most restaurants.
As for its ambience, the place follows an ‘open concept’ passersby in the mall can look at what you’re eating and such, which is not so intrusive unless you are seated at the side barriers of the restaurant. However from my observation, most people are not bothered by it. In fact, it would be similar to a hawker center setting.
On a personal note, I once had this unfortunate experience of a boy who was walking around looking at other people’s food and when he walked by my table, he coughed right into my food. Obviously, I wasn’t happy. As such, I would suggest improvements like having a gap between the side tables facing the space for people to walk and the space where people do walk. This would then eliminate the risk of someone coughing into your food, or dropping something onto your food.
First of all, I was attracted by the television playing national geographic videos of the underwater environment. It certainly contributed to the ambience of being in a seafood restaurant and served as a peaceful contrast to the bustling crowd around us (and I am an avid animal lover!). As I did not know what to order, my friend recommended the flaming prawn platter. I was in awe of the fact that they actually flamed the prawns in front of me before laying it freshly roasted on my placemat for my savouring. Another hit was the garlic herb rice which was bursting with flavor and a complement to the slightly salty prawns.
On other occasions I have shared the seafood platter for one with my friend as the serving is large enough for the both of us. We love the prawns as usual, but the rice is still our top favourite. The pricing is acceptable for a meal that can be shared between two people and comparable to other seafood restaurants hence Manhattan’s Fish Market, in my opinion, is a great place to dine.
What was it that's kept me going back time and time again? It's the Grilled Seafood Platter for Two. I've tried the Flaming Seafood Platter as well, but I didn't like having everything on my plate fried - made me quite sick of it after all. The opportunity cost? Ordering the Grilled Seafood Platter meant that i had to forgo the flaming sauce which came with the Flaming Seafood Platter, and that sauce is absolutely to die for. But thanks to the thoughtful staff at MFM, they offered to give me a plate of the sauce so that I didn't specially have to order the Flaming Seafood Platter to enjoy the sauce.
Do I need to say more? This place is definitely worth a visit (and many more revisits, for that matter!).
The first occasion was on a Saturday afternoon at their City Square outlet, tucked in a quiet corner of the mall. My order was a fish set with soup and a free drink. Service was prompt as there were few customers. The soup was quite nice and the fish fiery. Overall, the meal was satisfying but all the orders came almost together so everything was laid on the table waiting to be consumed.
The next occasion was also a weekend lunch at the then newly opened Changi City Point. This time, we had a 1 for 1 Dory Fish set with herb rice. The outlet was crowded and we had to queue for a while and waited some time for the food to be served. Fish was tasty with creamy sauce and the rice fragrant but it couldn't satisfy my ravenous appetite.
Going to try the Flaming Seafood Platter on my next visit!
The seafood platter is amazing. The serving is huge, and I thought that the fish was good. The rice and fries are plentiful, so there's a huge portion of carbs which will fill you up pretty fast. The prawns are... okay. A little tough, I would say. But in general, I wasn't disappointed with their seafood platter at all. Top it up with cheese and it'll be perfect.
If you're going with a big group of friends, I would recommend you to make a reservation because it's perpetually crowded during meal times.
My favourite dish is probably their fish & cheese, which is their take on fish & chips, with an additional serving of cheese to go with the fries. Cheese fries and fish: best combination ever. The dish comes with two huge pieces of fish and a serving of salad, which is pretty much filling and worth the affordable price. Another dish worth trying is the flaming seafood platter, which can be shared with your friends. It comes with a large variety of seafood, which is basically heaven for seafood lovers. My only qualm is about the rice though, which seems to take up half the space in the dish. It doesn't really taste that nice, and I'd rather eat some nice fries over the rice any time.
That being said, Manhatten Fish Market is a pretty decent dining choice, especially if you want to have a gathering with your friends. Just take note that some of the outlets, such as the one at Plaza Sing, will be pretty packed during dining hours though, and you might have to queue before you can get a table.
The platter serves two, and even so is difficult to finish. Don't forget to get the Honey Mustard sauce!
Most of the times, I would order an Angry Barramundi for myself. For about $17, you get a whole barramundi of decent size. I love the way the fish is fried and the accompanying sambal is excellent. Makes a very decent meal for anyone hungry enough.
Next, I would also recommend the seafood pasta in cream sauce. This is the dish that got me hooked on mussels. For the price (about $14) you get a decent amount of spaghetti with calamari and 2 big fat mussels in cream sauce. You can't complain.
Service is a little spotty. If you go to a really busy outlet, expect some disappointments. The outlet at City Square Mall is cosy and is not too packed on most days. Great place for a quiet meal with your loved ones.
I ordered their signature Fish and chips and was greatly disappointed. With Fish and Co. offering a large variety of fish n chips which tantalizes your taste buds, Manhattan Fish Market with only it's measly selection of fish and chips of mediocre quality falls short.
I also had a bad experience with the customer service at the White Sands Branch. My friend and I had to deal with impatient staff who despite the restaurant being empty at that time seemed to be in a rush. We also had to remind the staff several times to serve us the drinks we ordered. Hopefully, the customer service at their other branches are better.
the waitress who took our orders were polite enough, , but I felt service was slow as we were made to wait for our iced water and Fiery Shrimp. However, the shrimp were definitely worth the wait! The spiciness of their batter made them a culinary delight! I wish I could say the same for the main dishes, too. Sadly, the Spicy Barramundi was not satisfying, due to the fish being too plain-tasting and too little of the spicy gravy dribbled on it. The saddest thing, however, was their supposedly "signature" Fish N' Chips. Needless to say, I've had better. Way better, in fact. The dory fillets were poorly prepared and the fish was still wet on the inside. The fries were also nothing special. I certainly expected more from Manhattan's, this being their signature dish.
The restaurant at Plaza Singapura is really cramped and is not ideal to go on a Friday evening or weekends. There are too many people queuing outside and too many people inside that you can hear what the diners at the next table to talking. And it is disturbing to have service staff brushing past near you as you eat – because tables are too near each other. One other horrid experience I had at the Central branch was my discovery of fungus in the pepper shaker. I was shaking it and nothing came out, so I opened the cover and to my horror found white fluffy fungus inside. I informed the staff and they just replaced it with another pepper shaker and that was it. Will not visit Manhattan unless my friends insist on going there to eat. But I will never ever touch their pepper ever.
We ordered two of that and waited for about 20 minutes for the dishes to arrive. Longer time might be positive because it probably means that they are preparing the dish from scratch. Fresh! Another probability might be they are taking their own sweet time and dilly-dallying. Forgivable if the ultimate result is fresh, tasty food. In this case, it is! The fish is fluffy on the inside and fried to crispy perfection. Just felt that the batter was a tad too salty but maybe that's just me? The prawns were succulent and prawn heads came along with it. I always feel that the prawn heads make everything look more authentic. If you are heading there in a group, I would recommend getting this set to share instead of ordering individual dishes. The set has everything that you need to taste from here and is at a great value as opposed to individual ordering. For a non-fish lover like me, I think it is good and I wouldn't mind having to eat fish there again if there was a gathering. I wouldn't head there alone though because it means that I would not be able to order the sets (I don't have a Hulk appetite) and I really like the combination of being able to eat the prawns, then the fries then a bit of the fish. You get the idea ;)
I have personally experienced queuing for about an hour at their Causeway Point Outlet and many other customers are also willing to queue for the mouthwatering food that Manhattan Fish Market offers!
However, the service that I got from their Iluma outlet was quite bad, perhaps due to the lack of staff working over there during dinner hours. We have to wait for quite a while to get our food served and also to make our payment. Their service certainly need some improvement to serve the customers better.
Manhattan Fish Market sells almost the same thing and comparable to Fish and Co. But I personally prefer the taste of food that Manhattan Fish Market offers as compared to Fish and Co, perhaps the food quality is better over here.
Overall, the food over there is worthwhile and certainly worth a try!