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Ministry of Crab

Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 342722
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Ranked #5 of 284 restaurants in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Ministry of Crab is nestled inside the oldest building in Colombo, the Old Dutch Hospital. It is a venture between Darshan Munidasa of Nihonbashi Japanese Restaurants in Colombo and Sri Lankan cricketing icons Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. The iconic Crabs that plate up in Singapore are available here. And some Crabs are over 2kg! If you want to enjoy the treasures of Sri Lankan waters, we are the only place!
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Ministry of Crab is nestled inside the oldest building in Colombo, the Old Dutch Hospital. It is a venture between Darshan Munidasa of Nihonbashi Japanese Restaurants in Colombo and Sri Lankan cricketing icons Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. The iconic Crabs that plate up in Singapore are available here. And some Crabs are over 2kg! If you want to enjoy the treasures of Sri Lankan waters, we are the only place!
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India
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Thanks to tripadvisor this was a must do on our list. Landed at 6.45pm and found people already eating and seated at tables. I had gone to reserve a table and was told that they wont be able to serve us crabs as they are booked. Was shocked as have never heard of booking your crab for a meal in... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Yesterday evening I went there with three other friends; I had heard pretty good reviews despite the warnings that it was a little overpriced. Tried to make a reservation for 7 P.M., but was told that they were full, so managed to get an 8:30 P.M. reservation. We were seated as soon as we got there, but then a second... More

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Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Great location, in the old Dutch Hospital. Sit in one of the cool bars in the area, and then 'Go for the Crab!'. Have to admit, not so into fighting for my food, but the friends i went will ordered the crab. Have never seen someone enjoy their food more. They indicated it was one of the best crabs they... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Even though the service was a little slow. The crabs more than made up for it. Served very quickly and so fresh, it was gone from the plate almost as soon as it was served. :)

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Went to this restaurant in Dutch Hospital, Colombo for two reasons. One -we both are a huge fans of Sri Lankan cricketers and co-owners of the restaurant - Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Second reason being, I love my seafood! The ambience at the restaurant was a bit hurried and it kinda reflected in the service. The waiter who attended... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We visited this place 3 times in 4 days of our trip. This tells you that nothing can beat this restaurant if you are a seafood lover. It's value for money with the best quality and taste.

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Great Ocean Road
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

interesting decor, utensils and table settings and the waiter texting our order through to the kitchen was a hip touch (even though he could have called over or walked over to the chefs who were only 10 metres away!). pretty god meal although we did not order the signature dish of crab. we liked it and recommend it

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Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The best crab experienced I ever had was at this owsome place....yummy food and lovely atmosphere......

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Hurghada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A really wonderful stylish restaurant in the heart of Colombo. Of course you're going to pay a bit more than average but it's very worth while. The crab, prawns and dessert were truly delicious and the staff even went the extra mile to arrange food for our daughter. The size of crab was perfect for us. I was sad that... More

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The Hague
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Absolutely delicious crab - you can choose what size. We had the garlic crab - superb. We went back three times! Situated in the old Dutch Hospital with boutiques and restaurants surrounding it. Very good service.

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