Crab Tales's menu isn't extensive. It's simply crab in three sizes (Medium, Large, XL and Mighty Claws), and prawns prepared in three different ways (Eastern Classic, Black Pepper and Devilled), available in Single and Family size platters.
We got the Large Crab Meal (Rs. 6200) which is plenty for three hungry bellies. It includes two crabs, each weighing about 500g - 550g, cooked and placed inside a giant clay pot, and served with four roast paans.
There was a lovely, crab-packed aroma wafting through, as we tore the cover off. I got so excited that I almost tripped over a wire as I reach out to my camera.
The quality of the crabs was simply excellent. Crab Tales uses mud crab harvested from local lagoons, and they are some of the fleshiest crabs we've come across.
Succulent, tender and cooked to absolute perfection, the crab meat here is fresh, firm, and yet comes off the shell so effortlessly. The spices and herbs have created a wonderful flavour ensemble, while the natural taste of the crab comes through it beautifully.
A generous infusion of murunga leaves can be spotted here, especially in that incredibly rich, creamy gravy. Spicy, and carrying a good dose of curry, the gravy also had a slightly sweet undertone to balance everything out. It rings close to the Jaffna-style crab, but not quite alike.
You know it's the right crab curry when you just use all the bread you have to mop up the clay pot, after wiping the shells clean. It's heaven!
The bread was of very good quality, which featured a thick, chewy, crispy crust, and a pillow-like, soft middle. From what we gathered, they're made to order by a baker nearby their place.
Eating crab is a messy affair for some, but this stuff by Crab Tales is worth all that trouble. Their offerings are quite generous and good value for money. We wholeheartedly recommend!
Incredible crab curry by a home cook.
සිංහල ගෙදරට ම ගෙනල්ලා කටට රහට ක්රැබ් කරියක් එක්ක රෝස් පාන් කන්න හොඳ ම චාන්ස් එකක් තමයි මේක.
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