Ministry of Crab

Restaurants, Seafood Colombo 1
Ministry of Crab
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Ministry of Crab
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Ministry of Crab
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Time Out says

The Ministry of Crab is aptly named as its policy is to serve the finest, export-quality crab only found in Sri Lanka.

Following its opening in the restored old hospital building (now given over to restaurants and craft shops) in 2012, the restaurant rapidly became a trend setter and a favourite with both locals and tourists alike. Sri Lankan cricketing heroes, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara along with culinary maestro, Dharshan Munidase, decided to create Ministry of Crab as a celebration of Sri Lanka’s seafood, particularly of her wonderfully sweet and succulent crabs.

The menu lists the different methods of preparation of crab, the range of sizes of the crabs, guidelines to the servings and finally, details of other meal options such as chicken, prawn and rice based dishes.

Guests can sit at long shared tables with a view of the open kitchen, or outside on the veranda where the courtyard gets lively at night. It’s not hype to alert potential guests that reservations in advance are needed as the place is so popular. Only open in the evenings, except weekends when lunch is available too.



Address: Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Colombo 1
Price: Lunch Rs 3500 (Dec and Jan only); Dinner Rs 4,500 and up
Opening hours: Daily noon-3:30pm; 6pm-10pm

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