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Ministry Of Crab (Dutch Hospital)

Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Colombo 1


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.


Ministry Of Crab is probably Colombo's best restaurant. From quality of ingredients to character to location, this Dharshan Munidasa joint has it all. It even has celebrity co-owners in Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena. More than anything else, however, people come here for the crab. It ain't cheap, but it is delicious.

The Food

Min Crab's main innovation is in sourcing fresh ingredients, namely crab. Previously, the best Sri Lankan crabs were exported to Singapore and beyond. Now Dharshan keeps a good supply available here, though at a price. We ordered a Colossal Crab (1.2kg) for 5 people which came to Rs. 8,500 (1,700 per person). This was actually too much crab in the end but they were sold out of the smaller sizes. You can get medium sized crabs for around Rs. 4,000.

The crab itself is fleshy, succulent and delicious - a real treat. These are export quality crabs, what you get is significant amounts of crab meat soaked in your choice of sauce. We went for the new garlic chili sauce which was very nice. The classic is the Singapore style chili crab sauce, which is nice, but a bit sweet for my personal taste. They also have butter crab, which you need to order well in advance.

There's also some new stuff on the menu. They have fresh fish (grouper) for under Rs. 1,000 and clams and oysters. We tried the clams (Rs. 680). They came in a rich butter sauce and we had plenty of them. Good value, and we used the butter sauce for bread as well.

Another classic is the clay pot prawn curry (Rs. 2,480). This is prawn like you've never seen it, with two unfurled ones in there. It's a lot of prawn meat and a delicious hodi.

Definitely worth noting are the side dishes at Min Crab. This is the pol sambol, which is authentic and delicious. We also tried the amazing garlic and leek fried rices, kade paan (bread) and kangkun garlic and egg, but fingers were way too messy at that point to take photos.

We went with a vegetarian friend and (though we wouldn't recommend it) he was quite happy just feasting on the sides.

Overall the damage came to Rs. 19,000 for 5 people, or 3,800 per person. At about $30 USD this is quite a good value for tourists, which is who we went with. It is definitely expensive for locals, however, but you are getting consistently excellent value.

Drinks wise they serve an excellent Small Island Iced Tea - an arrack cocktail - for Rs. 400 as well as Hendricks gin and tonics and wine and beer.

Location

The Dutch Hospital is Sri Lanka's best new development and Ministry Of Crab is its centerpiece. You can dine on the verandah or inside the large communal style dining room (it has big tables where you seat near other guests).

It's a simple and beautiful space and completes the whole experience.

Service

The staff here is well trained, attentive, and modern - they take orders on iPod touches. It's a highly professional outfit and we've never had any complaints.

Conclusion

Dinner at Ministry Of Crab remains one of the best experiences in the city. It's really tasty, exciting and fun. Expensive, but we highly recommend.

TIP

Go for the chilli crab.
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Dinner at Ministry Of Crab remains one of the best experiences in the city. It's really tasty, exciting and fun. Expensive, but we highly recommend.

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.

Occupying prime space in the landmark Dutch Hospital complex, the restaurant specializes in serving enormous crustaceans that would otherwise be whisked away to more prosperous consumers in Singapore and Malaysia.

සිංහල කොළඹ වැදගත් බිම් සලකුණක් වන ලන්දේසි රෝහලේ වටිනා අවකාශයක පිහිටුවා ඇති MOC අවන්හල දැවැන්ත කවචජීවීන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් විශේෂයි. මේ ආහාර මෙතැනින් ලිස්සා ගියොත් කෙළින්ම යන්නේ සිංගප්පූරුවේ හෝ මැලේසියාවේ වඩා සමෘද්ධිමත් පාරිභෝගිකයන් වෙතයි.

தமிழ் நமது கிரிக்கட் அணியின் நட்சத்திர வீரர்கள் மஹேல ஜயவர்த்தனவும் குமார் சங்கக்காரவும் கொழும்பில் உணவகமொன்றை நடாத்துவதை அறிவீர்களா? கொழும்பு உணவகங்களில் ஒரு நட்சத்திரமாய் பிரகாசிக்கும் அந்த பெரிய உணவகத்தின் பெயர் - மினிஸ்ட்ரி ஒப் க்ரப்.

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Address

Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Colombo 1

Directions

Take the Galle Road north until it basically ends at the Galadari roundabout, continue straight past the Kingsbury and turn right towards the World Trade Center. It's inside the Dutch Hospital, to your left.

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Cuisine

Sri Lankan

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Seafood Crab

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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