Manhattan Fish Market

S April 05, 2012
 
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Great Seafood at Great Price
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3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
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2.5
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2.5
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3.0
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3.0
Looking at my username, one should know that I'm a fish lover. I have been to Manhattan Fish Market twice, drawn in by the promotions they offered.

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!

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
Best Part:
Food and soup
Branch Location:
City Square, Changi City Point
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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A cheaper alternative to seafood
(Updated: October 26, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Food / Beverage 
 
2.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
2.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
2.5
"Offering innovation and variety in our menu" is one of the missions of Manhattan Fish Market. However, have they been successful in fulfilling their mission? Sadly, no. After a recent visit to Manhattan Fish Market, I have to say that they lack greatly in variety of seafood. Nothing separates their seafood from the likes of their competitors such as Fish and Co. In fact, pay slightly more and you'll be able to get much tastier seafood at Fish n Co.

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.

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Average Spent Per Person:
18
Branch Location:
White Sands
Recommend to Friend:
No
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What's all the hype about??
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
2.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
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3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
I visited the Manhattan's at the former Iluma with a Groupon voucher about last month ago. I ordered for myself their Crispy Barramundi, which came with rice and coleslaw. My friend ordered their signature Fish N' Chips for herself. To kick things off we ordered their Fiery Shrimp.

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.
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fresh catch!
Overall Score 
 
3.0
I am personally not a fish person and I hardly patronize restaurants like Manhattan Fish Market (MFM) and Fish & Co, but personal preferences remain as personal and I do dine at these restaurants when the need arises. For example, a gathering! So my latest trip to MFM was at the outlet at Junction 8. The outlet was quite empty at around 5plus and my friends and I got our seats in a short while. We ordered the set that came with the fries, fish and various seafood. It comes in a huge squarish metal pan! If the restaurant is packed by the time you arrive, you'll probably see many of that on tables of others when you walk in the restaurant.

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 ;)

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Yummy seafood
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
Manhattan Fish Market is very similar to Fish & Co., if on budget can visit MFM since the food quality is good too. I like to order Seafood Platter for One as the portion really fills my stomach. This dish includes prawns, dory fish, calamari, herb rice and thick cut fries. The fish is tender but have a tint of fishy odour, calamari is dry and I will give it away to my friends, herb rice is still acceptable and the prawns is my favourite. I do complete my meal with a drink and soup but rarely as the soup is quite diluted.

The service crews are polite and friendly but due to the limited manpower, my group always have to wait for their service, this apply to other customers. I really hope the quality can be on par with Fish & Co. so that I won't have to feel guilty for spending so much on delicious food and can indulge into seafood paradise. In another term, if the food quality is better, the price is reasonable for me.

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Average Spent Per Person:
25
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Food is fine, not fantastic.
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
2.5
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
Being a big fish and chips lover, I thought all the buzz with Manhattan Fish Market's Fish n Chips ($10.90) would definitely please my taste buds. But, the first time I ate it, the fish was too oily and it was difficult to enjoy the food especially how I tasted more oil than the taste of fish. Perhaps, it could have been an unfortunate virgin experience so I had decided to dine again the next time.

This time, I bought the Chick'in Olio, ($15.90) pasta with grilled chicken, hoping not to be disappointed again. Fortunately, the pasta and grilled chicken was delicious and it was a much pleasant experience than my first time with Manhattan Fish Market.

Although some people may prefer Manhattan Fish Market to Fish n Co, I personally feel that if you are looking for a satisfying and laid-back dining, stick to Fish n Co. They do it better there. But, if you are looking for a quick, fuss-free meal, Manhattan Fish Market could be an alternative.

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Average Spent Per Person:
0
Best Part:
Chick'in Olio
Branch Location:
Plaza Singapura
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Disappointing Platter for Two
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Food / Beverage 
 
1.0
Ambience 
 
5.0
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
2.5
I used to prefer Manhattan Fish Market than Fish and Co. The reason for me choosing Manhattan Fish Market will be the price and serving portion, which is bigger. Talking about their service, they service is like any other restaurant. However, they could be better if they are more efficient in terms of refilling the empty cups with ice water. But I prefer their ambience as compared to Fish & Co, as they do have televisions showing the deep sea and the creatures that lives in the ocean.

However, after a few returning visits to eat their Fish and Chips and Platter-for-Two, I'd rather eat Fish and Co instead. Why? Even though they have several choices of fish that you can choose for the Fish and Chips, and the huge portion of platter-for-2, it tends to be too oily and not hot but warm. The cheese that they used for the platter-for-2, made me feel sick after eating (after the cheese on the prawn is being cooked using a portable torch). The cheese or cream had a weird taste and it tasted sour. Not sure what kind of cheese taste sour.

In conclusion, I'd rather eat the Fish and Chips than the platter if I were to dine in Manhattan Fish Market again.

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Best Part:
Fish and Chips
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