Feb 23, 2014

The Manhattan Fish Market – Al Athaiba

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The Manhattan Fish Market (Telephone: 2449 9102 | Map) is an American style seafood  chain that recently opened its first branch in Oman in Al Athaiba.  The Al Athaiba branch is located next the last traffic lights on the 18th November Street right before the airport. It is almost literally right next to the traffic lights on the main street and cannot be missed.

Manhattan Fish Market

The parking at The Manhattan Fish Market is not great, but still manageable. There isn’t much happening in this area of Al Athaiba, so you can probably park anywhere around the building even if you cannot find parking space in front of the restaurant. The restaurant is medium sized and remains relatively undiscovered. It is open for lunch and dinner with no break in between. We went for lunch at 3pm on a working day and the place was almost empty.

Manhattan Fish Market

The menu of the Manhattan Fish Market is quite extensive, it offers many different starters, soups, salads, pastas, grills, and seafood platters. The concept of the restaurant is like Chili’s/TGI Friday’s, but focuses on seafood and is a tiny little bit nicer.. but it is not a fancy if you know what I mean.

We decided to try the Stewed Tomato Mussels (RO 2.900) for the starter. This item had mussels cooked in a rich tomtoe sauce and came with baguette slices on the side. I found the mussels to be nice and light and I enjoyed the tomato sauce a lot, the baguette slices were also a nice addition and were great for dipping.

Manhattan Fish Market

Instead of experimenting with different dishes, we decided to go for the signature dish of The Manhattan Fish Market which is the the Flamed Seafood Platter (RO 11.900) which came with battered fish fillets, oysters, jumbo prawns, calamari, and vegetables on bed of rice. I really enjoyed the food a lot, the sauces were nice and the fish and seafood were great. I found the portion to be perfect for two people. We were offered a spice dip with our platter which I also liked.


Manhattan Fish Market

For the dessert we had the Mud Pie Madness (RO 2.500) which I thought was like chocolate mousse but harder. I thought it was alright, I did not enjoy the base, and I will probably try something different next time I go.

Manhattan Fish Market

For the drinks I had a Citrus Mint (RO 1.800) which was basically slushed lemon and mint.

In total we ordered 1 starter, 1 platter to share, 1 dessert, 2 drinks, and 2 bottles of water. Our bill came to RO 24.310.

I thought that the food came super quickly (maybe too quickly?) and exactly as ordered. I did not have any issues with the service at the Manhattan Fish Market.

I enjoyed my time at the Manhattan Fish Market a lot and I liked all the food I had here. I am looking forward to going again to try out some of the other main dishes they have, especially the pastas as they looked good.

Has anybody been to this place? It is worth visiting if you have not been already.

  • lapirk

    saw the place while driving through the area. will definitely visit after reading your positive review. cheers

  • Mean B

    been there. the portion of food is good two can share. test of rice was nice. i just felt the food was too oily. the waiters were freindly.

  • Alaa

    how about rating every restaurant out of 10 ? including location , service, and food. and i tried Manhattan fish market. the food was okay but it wasnt hot when served. who would want to eat cold fish ? unless its sushi of course. thank you for the reviews i really find them useful and i enjoy reading them. xx

  • Dan

    Went there will never go again. For the price i cannot tolerate frozen fish. Actually scratch that i can tolerate frozen fish it was some of the worst food. If you as a reviewer ate food there and enjoyed it i question one of two thing your palate and if they new whom you were. To be brutal the food was utter rubbish stay the hell away.

  • D

    I have to agree with Dan on this one. Although I did go when they first opened so my experience could be chalked off to teething issues. I found the food absolutely atrocious, I’ve had frozen fish before but theirs just took bad to a new standard. I don’t want to be harsh, again I did go when they first opened, but the last straw were the prices. At least if it was fresh I would accept paying at those levels but defrosted in a nation where there is an abundance of quality fresh seafood is unacceptable to me. Truly hope they got better but I doubt I’ll go back again.

  • Asma Moh’d

    Food is cold and not fresh service is bad …I came 2years ago but today definitely is my last visit …

  • meme