Have you ever dined in the middle of a shopping mall?

Yesterday, the kids and I were at Marina Square when we were stopped by a beautiful woman and invited to dinner hosted by The Manhattan Fish Market. I thought this might be a teachable moment in spontaneity and not one to turn down what sounds like a potentially fun event, we said “Yes!”

Initially, we thought that dinner would take place in the restaurant in the revamped Dining Edition of Marina Square. But we were pleasantly surprised to be ushered to a full fledged dining table set for ten in the middle of the mall.

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Dining Table set in the Mall.

 We sat down with complete strangers. And had an absolutely AWESOME time!

Among the many fun and friendly guests, we met Esther (see photo below), a keyboard and vocal teacher at ThunderRock, Matthew, an executive at Yamaha Music School and Daniel, an affable talented young man who regaled us with stories and interesting questions.

There were lots of laughter as strangers became acquainted over a lovely meal. And I was really proud of my kids, especially my son for being able to hold his own when Esther and Daniel directed the conversation at him.

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The kids with the beautiful woman who invited us to dinner…

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I had the good fortune to sit across the table from these boys – Daniel, Matt, Shaf and David the guitarist in the background, who made me laugh throughout dinner.

We were having so much fun that I forgot I was in the middle of the mall and that we were being filmed! Part of the reason was the local band, Lorong Boys whose festive and upbeat music kept us all in high spirits. Their youthful energy were infectious and we were completely charmed by their music and personalities. Only three members of the band were present thought —  Rit on the flute, David on the violin and Jonathan on the guitar (I hear he is a fantastic pianist too).

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Heartbreakers – Rit, Daniel and Jonathan from Lorong Boys!

The Lorong Boys also very gamely accepted our song requests and played contemporary as well as rock and roll numbers. Check out how enthralled my daughter is with David and his violin. These students at the Music Conservatory were really good. Check them out on Facebook and this Youtube video.

My little girl being serenaded for the first time by David on the violin.

My little girl being serenaded for the first time by David on the violin.

Now, let’s talk about the NEW Menu!

We were lucky to have a taste of the new menu before it was officially launched. The food was DELICIOUS!

First, we were served this refreshing ruby red drink. Sorry, I can’t reveal it yet so as not to spoil the surprise for you. Trust me, You will love it! And I didn’t realize that we were being filmed for this meal. So, I quickly whipped out my phone and took as many pictures as I could while enjoying the meal.

We were served Oyster Roulette, spicy oysters served in a shot glass, Onion Glory, yummy crispy onion petals with creamy sauce on the side, Manhattan Flaming Seafood Platter, Fishy Chicky Bang Bang and Curry Hill Seafood. The food was unbelievably yummy, yummy, yummy!

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Your kids will love this Onion Glory dish. It gives a different spin to the usual onion rings, served with a side of creamy dip.

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Those with a taste for the spicy will appreciate this Curry Hill Seafood dish.

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The egg rests on a nest of fried spaghetti.

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Truly a dessert to die for – Sizzling Banana Fritters with Ice-Cream!

We ended the evening on a high note and took some photos as keepsake for this spontaneous night. Jonathan and David were very generous of their time and musical advice, even letting my son, a budding guitarist fiddle a little on Jonathan’s acoustic guitar.

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And of course, many thanks to Esther for inviting us to dinner and a fun evening!

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Finally, many thanks to Manhattan Fish Market for a wonderful experience! We had so much fun and look forward to dining at your restaurant very soon!

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post belong to the blogger and are not influenced in any way by Manhattan Fish Market.

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