Sri Lankan Seafood Haven

Satisfy your deep ocean cravings by devouring some of the best seafood in the island.
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Sri Lanka being a tropical island, it has a bounty of seafood delights which bursts with tantalising flavours. From the celebrated lagoon mud crab to lobsters, jumbo prawns and cuttlefish, the island has a great basket of seafood to offer. Here are some of the best places to satisfy your seafood cravings when in Sri Lanka.  

For the Love of Seafood

Ministry of Crab is a restaurant in Colombo
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Restaurants, Seafood

Ministry of Crab

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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.

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Crab Factory

Taj Samudra's Crab Factory is the latest addition that specialises in offering an exciting range of crab delicacies. Crab here is prepared according to Asian flavours, each dish offering a unique twist. To complement the delicious crab curries, choose hot butter naan, roast paan or strings. Each crab dish is cooked to perfection, to suite your palate. Try out their specialty Kerala Crab Curry and Tandoori Crab. Sri Lankan style Crab Curry with Murunga leaves and Black Pepper Coconut Crab are also to be tried. The restaurant also offers delightful flavours of prawns, cuttlefish and lobster. Crab Factory Signature Hot Pot can be shared. With a seating capacity for 40 diners, The Crab Factory has both indoor and outdoor seating. Relish the exotic flavours of crab at the Crab Factory.  

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Seafood Cove is a restaurant in Colombo
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Seafood Cove

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The ambience at The Seafood Cove, Mount Lavinia Hotel, is extremely peaceful. With candlelit tables set beside the beach, guests feel happy in a breezy and scenic rustic island atmosphere. The Seafood Cove takes pride in serving freshly caught seafood from the Indian Ocean just steps away. The seafood is fresh, displayed on ice until cooked the way customers wish – whether grilled, sautéed, devilled, poached or fried. A live band playing soft music enhances the magic and charisma of the night while the waves gently wash the shore. 

The Ocean Seafood Restaurant is a restaurant in Colombo
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Restaurants, Seafood

The Ocean Seafood Restaurant

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Take in the view of the Indian Ocean along with the sound of live-cooking at the Ocean Seafood Restaurant – the fine dining seafood restaurant at Kingsbury. A spectacle indeed, as chefs use their culinary skills to prepare dishes of oysters, lobsters, crab and salmon with a combo of rice, noodles, vegetables and salads, with fresh spices and herbs. The interior of the restaurant with its luminosity of light is an epitome of elegance and character. It opens to the ocean that transforms the mood into a delightful liveliness with the pleasant tumult of the sea. 

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Sea Fish Restaurant

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The Sea Fish Restaurant is one of the oldest seafood restaurants in the country. Established in 1969, the extensive menu consists of several local favourites in seafood, in addition to pastas, sandwiches, soups, snacks, noodles, rice, hoppers and ‘roast paan’ and a set menu of desserts which include ice cream, fresh fruit salad, chocolate biscuit pudding, jaggery pudding and bread pudding. The Ceylon Sea Fish Signature Premium Mixed Boat, the Negombo Prawn Curry served with roast paan, and the Chilli Crab are favourite dishes served at the restaurant. The restaurant features an outdoor dining area, which is best enjoyed at dusk. There are also three private dining areas, two of which can accommodate six people each, and the third has capacity for twelve. 

Moya Restaurent
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Restaurants, Seafood

Moya Restaurent

Amagi Aria’s exclusive fine dining restaurant offers an exotic dining experience amidst the striking views of the Negombo lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Moya is the ideal dining destination to fulfill the seafood cravings. Diners can pick the day’s catch and enjoy the making of the dish in the open kitchen.

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Lagoon is a restaurant in Colombo
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Lagoon

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Picture a buzzing fish market, with fresh fare that you can select from. Then picture a work station with various chefs preparing the dish of your choice from the selected fare. If you can put all that together then you can understand the allure of the Lagoon at Cinnamon Grand. It is nothing but the freshest seafood that the restaurant offers it’s customers with the some 40 plus varieties of crabs, lobsters and fish on display. After weighing the selection you can select from the 30 different varieties of sauces and have the chefs prepare the dish in Thai, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Indian or Continental Style. 

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Lords Restaurant

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Lords Restaurant with its whimsical air, delicious food and hospitality welcomes visitors to a unique culinary experience. Upon entering, you are ushered in by the friendlystaff. The unique interior of the restaurant, with wrought-iron furniture, aqua life and sculptures is a depiction of theownerMartinFullerton’sdesiretodo things differently. Bathed in bright and luminous hues the restaurant stretches on with ample space providing both indoor and outdoor seating. Cricketing references, as with the name ‘Lords’ are everywhere. The restaurant’s sections are thus named TheOval,TheBowlers,TheUmpire’s Lounge, The Boundaries and LBW Bar. The dining area right by the roadside is known as the Batsman restaurant. After sun-set, as the streets light up, the Batsman restaurant functions in dim lighting: red and blue creating a subtle purple while mouthwatering aromasfilltheair.Toe-tappingmusic, keeps the atmosphere upbeat. Live music, jazz or calypso tunes keeps the diners entertained throughout the night. Dip your feet into the fish spa and relax. The Lords menu features many types of cuisines ranging from international to Sri Lankan; as well as an extensive beverage menu with exciting cocktails and mocktails. The dishes at Lords are plated in generous portions and presentation is paid keen attention to. Treasuring the authentic flavours of each cuisine they serve, an exotic experience is guaranteed. Seafood being a specialty, dishes such as their Battere

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