Food Review: Manhattan Fish Market, Mid Valley Megamall KL

C and I were at Mid Valley Megamall over the weekend for the Pet Expo! But, as usual, first order of the day was lunch. After walking around for a bit, we decided on Manhattan Fish Market. Despite the name, it’s a local chain that serves seafood with a fusion of flavours, from Malaysian to Western and Mediterranean. The quality among the different outlets varies, so it’s a hit and miss every time I try a new place. 

We were the only customers that afternoon coz it was fasting month. There was an odd, stale smell in the air that was faintly like cat poop. They really need to work on their ventilation. 

C’s order of baked fish which came served with a side of rice and boiled vegetables. The fish didn’t look too fresh, and C said the sauce was too watery.

I had the Curry Hill Seafood. Diners can opt for either shrimp or Slipper lobster (I chose the latter), and the dish comes served with a side of battered veggie sticks and baguette for dipping. The baguette was nice and crunchy; great for mopping up the curry sauce, which was well flavoured. Was a bit disappointed with the quality of the seafood though, as the fish + slipper lobster was on its last legs (you can tell it wasn’t fresh just from the greyish colour – despite the curry sauce on it). Mussels were okay. The veggies were tasty though.

My two cents? Give MV a miss.

MANHATTAN FISH MARKET (Mid Valley) 

LG-060 Lower Ground Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingakaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2284 0448

 

Manhattan Fish Market, D Pulze Cyberjaya

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Update:This branch is permanently closed.

So the bro turned 21.

Our family isn’t big on parties, so it’s usually just the birthday-person’s ‘meal of choice’. He wanted Manhattan Fish Market; so off we went to the nearest one located at D Pulze Shopping Center in Cyberjaya. I’ve been here before and the food was decent enough, but this time around it was quite disappointing.

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Dad had the Fishy Chicky Bang Bang – a whole fried fish fillet stuffed with chicken on the inside and smothered in a cheesy sauce. It was served with a side of salad, fried egg on a deep fried spaghetti bed, and lightly seasoned fries. The chicken and fish was okay but give the spaghetti bed a miss – it tasted like plain flour.

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Bro’s Flaming Cheesy Baked Rice. A large piece of cheese-encrusted dory on a bed of coriander and rosemary herb rice, all wrapped up in an aluminium foil basket, was flamed on the spot with a blowtorch. Came served with boiled vegetables. Not too bad, but not amazing either.

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I thought I couldn’t go wrong with Cheesy Fish N Chips, which was served with cheese sauce over chips, a side of salad tossed in vinaigrette and tomato/mayo dip. I was mistaken. The fish was too oily and overcooked – when I cut it open, the meat flaked all over the place. They put too much vinaigrette on the salad, which resulted in my chips soaking it up and turning soggy. I was disappointed because I’ve had this at this very outlet before and it was quite good then. :/

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Moo had baked salmon and mashed potato with black pepper sauce. Apparently she didn’t enjoy it either.

Well. There goes the birthday meal. I wasn’t very happy with the service too as our server appeared bored and disinterested, and didn’t even remember repeating our orders.

They do have birthday promotions for groups of six, where they provide a free drink tower and some desserts.

MANHATTAN FISH MARKET 

Lot UG-13, Upper Ground, DPulze Shopping Centre, Lingkaran Cyber Point Timur, Cyber 12, 62300 Cyberjaya, Malaysia

Tel: 03 8800 9075

Manhattan Fish Market, D Pulze Cyberjaya

Update: This branch is permanently closed.

Fish N Chips (and garlic mayo fries!) were my soul (food) mates when I was studying in the UK. It’s hard to find one that can match the big, juicy fillets from Devonshire Chippy – the tiny snack shop along Devonshire Street back in Sheffield.

Back in Malaysia, the alternatives are often restaurants that serve expensive versions, like Manhattan Fish Market (MFM) or Fish & Co. While the quality isn’t bad in some places, it’s hard to find a consistent taste because they have so many franchise outlets.

I’ve always thought F&C was better than MFM, but I recently decided to give it another try when I dropped by Cyberjaya’s shopping mall, D’Pulze, for lunch.

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It has been ages since I visited any MFM Outlet. They used to have these drab, dull-looking menus, but they’ve revamped it to a bright ocean blue with nice photos. They have new items to boot!

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Love the interior, which is classy yet cosy. Black and grey walls and cabinets with light beige wooden furniture = perfect combo. I’d decorate my living room like this. They also have glass windows with a view of the city outside. Lots of natural sunlight (which is why my photos look good) and even an outdoor patio for those who want to smoke/soak up some sun.

The waiters were mostly foreign students and very nice and friendly. Good service.

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Iced coffee. Just poured the milk in 🙂

The drink was okay, but tasted like generic coffee. Not too bitter or sweet.

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My regular fish N Chips (RM18.90), which came on a bed of fries and served with a slice of lemon for drizzling, mayo and salad. The light version (RM12.90)  only comes with one piece of battered fish fillet.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find the quality here to be not bad at all. It’s one of the better fish n chips I have had. The fish was well done, juicy and crispy on the outside without being too oily. The fries were slightly too thick cut for my liking but well seasoned and they taste like actual potatoes (so many restaurants have weird fries that taste super processed…)

Definitely one of the better MFM’s that I’ve tried. 🙂

Manhattan Fish Market 

Level 2, D’Pulze Shopping Center,

Lingkaran Cyberjaya Barat, Cyberjaya

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I’ve been on a dry book hoarding spell for months, so it was time… indulged myself to a new notebook and two fiction books.