Ministry Of Crab (Dutch Hospital).

Ministry of Crab is a high-end restaurant on Dutch Hospital premises that specializes in crab cuisine – the food is just plain mouth-watering and the service is good.

Food

The menu is a little convoluted – at the top are the different preparations of crab, in the  middle is the range of crab sizes available (1/2 kg to 2 kg+), then there’s a few sample guides to show you how to serve for four, and at the bottom other dishes like chicken, prawn and rice.

We ordered two medium crabs (800g – Rs. 4240 each) – in two different preparations, chilli crab and curry crab. The chilli crab was prepared with Sri Lankan spices and had a hint of sweetness in it, and the curry crab was more about the thick gravy that came with it (went great with kade paan). The meat of the curry crab was slightly heavier and tougher making for a heftier meal, while the chilli crab meat was sweet and soft. The picture above shows a hefty portion of the chilli crab dish and the fork beside it should give you an idea of the quantity of the serving — pretty sufficient for one person.

The crab meat was succulent and the spicy sweet gravy of the chilli crab dish, especially, was flawless (this one is a must-try). 9/10 for quality in this department.

Now that we had two medium crabs to finish, we needed sides to finish it with – so we got two sides of prawn rice (Rs. 980 each) and kade paan (Rs. 200). The portion of the prawn rice was small – about half an ordinary dinner plate, which was tragic, but for what it lacked in quantity it made up for in quality. It was basically just soft small prawns tossed in rice and boiled veggies. We were pleasantly surprised by how amazing it tasted, in fact, we enjoyed it a little more than even the crab. Honestly selling two thick slices of kade paan for Rs. 200 seemed a bit gimmicky, but then again, you can’t expect anything cheaper at a high-end diner – it made a great side with the curry crab gravy.

The famed MOC iced tea soda was good (Rs. 480) and made a soothing drink between meals. We thought it unnecessary for them to have charged Rs. 140 just to drink water though. The chocolate biscuit pudding (Rs. 480) – with dark Belgian chocolate in it – came highly recommended, so you might be tempted to try it; it was alright, very chocolatey, you couldn’t sense the crisp of the biscuits though, and it didn’t quite hit the mark.

Eating crabs is hard work

This section will seem silly to regular crab eaters. But we’re gonna write it anyway – for the uninitiated. The crab shells are extremely hard, some of its surface obviously has claws and protective pointy parts, so cracking these open to get to the meat is work. Our waiter advised us how to go about it – hold it like this, pull it like that, try not to poke your eye out, etc. Some parts just came off easily, but other parts you had to work on it with the crab cracker. It’s easier if you’re heavier built and can apply a lot of physical strength but otherwise you need to really get into it, and either way, you feel like taking a shower afterwards because of the messy eating. Don’t take your first date out to eat crabs, watching each other crack open crabs can get disgusting.

Ambiance & Service

Ministry of Crab goes by reservations. You need to call them in advance, maybe a couple of days ahead, to get a seating – we assume the earlier calls get to sit inside, where there’s warm low lighting, posters of Dharshan, Mahela and Sanga on the wall, and a view to the open kitchen. The outside area is cool too, and actually feels less crowded, it opens out to the Dutch Hospital courtyard. Reservations are tight – we arrived at 6 and were expected to be done by 8.15 so that a second seating could replace us.

The waiters are very friendly and helpful – they even come tie huge KEEP CALM AND CRAB ON bibs around your neck for you before you start your meal. One of them brought out a gigantic live crab for a few customers to see and take pictures of (this was a tad macabre since the poor guy was going to get boiled and eaten by the same customers).

We spotted Malinga and Sangakkara on the day of our review (though we didn’t want to gross them out by waving our crabby hands at them) – if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of local celebrity frequenting the MOC too.

Conclusion

Ministry of Crab is top-notch quality – it’s likely that you won’t find that same level of tasty seafood anywhere else in Colombo. Having said that, it’s also extremely expensive – our taxes alone grew up to almost Rs. 3000, and altogether it was a whopping 15K for two. For those who can afford pricey dining, definitely go for it – for others, perhaps be wiser with your choices when you order; either way, the food you experience here will not be easily forgotten.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Latest.

KAMU.

Your go-to restaurant in Chilaw – Clement’s Chilaw review

By Warsha Dissanayake We visited Clements brand new outlet based in Chilaw towards the evening

Kamu

Holy crepes at Crepe Runner – Bambalapitiya

By Maryam Rizwan No one does crepes as good as Crepe Runner does. Starting from

Kamu

Don’t chai this at home – Karak review

By Warsha Dissanayake Looking for some downtime?Is it time to take a break off of

Kamu

Nutella-filled goodness at Crepeholics

Crepeholics located in the middle of Mount Lavinia is packed with a variety of crepes

Kamu

Kailasa Street Food Cafe

This place is long overdue and something Colombo needed so bad. Kailasa street food, serving

Kamu

Clement’s Restaurant & Banquet

Walking into the restaurant, you are greeted by some warm smiles and pleasant greetings. Asanka,

Kamu

Trending.

70th anniversary Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Japan

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka

Trending

Suriya’s Jai Bhim wins five awards at Studioflicks Film Awards 2021

By MR The Tamil film industry has turned the global spotlights in 2021 for releasing

Trending

5 BlackBerry models we will miss

By Ruchika Seneviratne It truly is an end of an era as BlackBerry has announced

Slider Trending

Elephant House – Feel Good Range

We all grew up eating Elephant House ice cream, whether it was to wrap up

Trending

CINNAMON BENTOTA BEACH HOSTS CLASSIC CAR RUN

Cinnamon Bentota Beach added a vintage touch to its award-winning art and architecture during the ‘Classic Car Run’ recently.

Trending

Yamu Guide.

5 ways SLASH will help you make more out of 2022!

By Warsha Dissanayake Ever wanted to get the maximum use for the products you are

Yamu Guide

Ten of the Richest Men in the World

By Rahma Rifkhan Custom-designed suits, extravagant cars, luxurious mansions, global fame and a net-worth of

Slider Yamu Guide

9 NGOs and Youth Movements to join in 2022

By Hiruni Herath NGOs have somewhat of a bad reputation in Sri Lanka and Youth

Slider Yamu Guide

New shopping experience at the Keells on Lauries Road

Keells is reinventing your shopping experience in the best way possible. Because of the pandemic,

Yamu Guide

5 events to look forward to in 2022

By Tashia Ranasinghe Hello, 2022! Just as much as there is a bunch of holidays

Yamu Guide

8 Indoor Sports Outlets in Colombo

By Warsha Dissanayake Looking to let off some steam after a crazy day or week

Slider Yamu Guide

සිංහල.

ලොව බිහිසුනුම දාම ඝාතිකාවන් (Woman serial killers) 10 දෙනෙක්

By Yesha Fernando කාන්තාවන් කිව්වම හැමවෙලාවෙම වගේ අපේ ඔලුවේ මැවෙන්නේ හරි සංවේදී, ආදරණීය පිරිසක්. ලෝකයේ

Sinhala

2022 සැමරුම හොඳටම කරපු රටවල් 10 ක්  

By Yesha Fernando මරණය, කුසගින්න, විරැකියාව, ආර්ථික අවපාතය, දේශපාලන අර්බුද යනාදී ගෝලීය දුෂ්කරතා රැසක් මැදින්

Sinhala

හොරු අතරට අලුතින් එක් වූ “ජංගි හොරා”

By Yesha Fernando මෙරට සියලු ආකාර හොරු අතරට එක්වූ අලුත්ම හොරා "ජංගි හොරා" යි. මෙකී

Featured Sinhala

Squid Game අපට කියා දෙන ජීවිත පාඩම් 6 ක්

ත්‍රාසය, ශෝකය, කුතුහලය වගේම මෙයට වඩා තවත් බොහෝ ජීවිත පාඩමුත් Squid Game කථාංග නවයට ඇතුළත්.

Sinhala

පිස්සුම නව අවුරුදු සිරිත් විරිත් 6 ක්

එහෙනම් කට්ටියම තමන්ගේම ක්‍රමේකට 2022 පිළිගන්න ලේස්ති වෙමු.

Sinhala Trending