At last! 😄 The day arrived for The Manhattan Fish Market‘s official opening so I took the initiative to book a table right away for our family dinner last night. No questions asked, no deliberations, my mind was set on eating there! 😝
Location: Setia Kenangan II, Kiulap, underneath Escapee Brunei
Telephone number 📞 : 2234140
When we arrived around 8 pm, the restaurant was jam packed with people so we were quite fortunate that we reserved a table beforehand! 😰
The Manhattan Fish Market serves American-style seafood comprising from the famous Manhattan Fish n’ Chips, the grand delight of the Manhattan Flaming Seafood Platter, seafood chowders, flaming cheesy baked rice & pastas.
One of the few things that caught my eye (but I did not order 😂) were the Oyster Roulette in Starters – this is where 1 out of the 4 poached oysters has an extra shot of spicy sauce, the Fishy Chicky Bang Bang- A dory fillet on one side & chicken fillet on the other with cheddar cheese in the middle (sort of like a sandwich) in Mains & Fried Oreos 😮 in desserts.
Anyway, what we really ordered were these:
For starters, we ordered the Garlic Herb Mussels, which is their Signature Starter for a good reason! 😋 This was SEA-riously GOOD 🙊, especially if you are mad for garlic like me! 😍 The garlic flavour can be overwhelming for some though, but we finished this dish up in a matter of seconds. The mussels & portion itself were a bit small in size to be shared among three. The garlic bread rolls came nicely soft.
Seafood platters are known to be a good share among 2-3 people so we ordered this indisputable No. 1 choice among Manhattan Fish Market fans. The platter consists of hand battered choice of fish fillet (Cod ($37.50), Salmon ($37.50), Cherry Snapper ($31.50) & Dory ($29.50)), oysters & calamari, flame grilled prawns, chips & rice.
Upon serving, your waiter/waitress will ask how well torched do you want your prawns to be & we thought ‘Medium’ would be the safest. As seen in the picture, Medium was not so bad so I would suggest going for ‘Dark’, if you want that char-grilled, smokey flavour.
We could all agree that the best of the dish would be the fried calamari 😘, that was absolutely whale done 🙊. The Cod fish would have been better with a bit of seasoning. We were more disappointed with the prawns because not only were the prawns small, they were NOT topped with cheese, but with sweet Mayonnaise! 😩
To end our dinner on a high note, we proceeded to order desserts.
The strawberry FLAMIN-GO is Mango pudding with fresh strawberries, drizzled liberally with chocolate sauce & topped with flamed marshmallows. I would have liked if my marshmallows were a bit more torched. Mama felt that the Mango pudding was very mild- to almost no flavour (bland) & she did not like the combination with chocolate sauce. Perhaps the only attraction to this dessert was that they torched the marshmallows in front of you.
The Sizzling Brownie is a warm delicious brownie topped with smooth vanilla ice-cream & nuts (optional), drizzled with sizzling caramel sauce. ⚠️ WARNING!⚠️ THE CARAMEL SAUCE IS BURNING, & I mean, BURNING HOT🔥 so you HAVE to leave it for a while or else you can easily burn your tongue. Bapa jokingly said, “Instead of a flaming prawn, I got a flaming tongue!👅 ” Oh dear. 😓
The brownie had nuts in them, so I would advise against those with a nut allergy. However, the brownie was very rich & decadent with every bite! UMPFT! 😍
Bapa ordered the Vienne Coffee which was pleasingly good, while I ordered the Happiness Infusion to quench my thirst.
A sip of Earl Grey tea with lemongrass infusion, kissed by the sweetness of strawberry & lychee, this is a drink I would dolphinately recommend! 🙊 The drink was very light & refreshing. 😊
Totaled up, we hit $67 🤑. A bit pricey, considering that we felt that the starter & main portions were smaller compared to Fish n Co. HEADS UP! The Manhattan Fish Market only accepts cash for now, no card payment.
Double HEADS UP! They only serve Mineral water in a bottle, which I thought you should know as well.
What I would recommend would be the Garlic Herb Mussels & Fried Calamari for starters & the Happiness Infusion for drinks. Taste wise, it is good & satisfying so we will come again to try out the other dishes, such as the Seafood Aglio Olio, Fish n Chips or the baked rice.