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Ministry of Crab

Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 342722
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab” (1,430 reviews)
“prawns” (319 reviews)
“bread” (234 reviews)
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Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had the OMG prawn in pepper sauce followed by a large crab in chilli sauce. The chilli sauce was by far the best out of the two, so good that you need to order bread as well as rice to mop it all up....More

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have visited several times Every time Its a great experience Food is great value for Money and people who work are very good

Thank Chanakya Jayade... J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Built in the old Dutch hospital complex, one of the best places for seafood fine dining. Never take a chance of walk-in without a prior appointment & esp if its weekend & are pretty strict in timings due to high traffic. Crab dishes are the...More

Thank Adeel H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Love the hip atmosphere (and the entire ministry concept). The crab was fresh and firm. Rather pricey though - price per kilo was higher than imported Sri Lankan live crab in Singapore. Guess it's because of the location at Old Dutch Hospital.

Thank YY_Xie
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A lot of the choices on the menu we not available. The crab is good and every crab is checked to make sure. You get a good experience. I preferred the local Crab in the Eastern Province of Batticaloa. I mis admit I have had...More

Thank bgrant722
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a crab to share and two large prawns. The food is lovely, delicious although a bit expensive by local standards (but by no means by NYC/London standards, so do go if you have some flex). Bill with A LOT of crab and shrimp with...More

Thank EmmKu
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had dinner there on our last night in Sri Lanka. Great recommendation for a friend. Interesting concept where the crabs available (sizes) are like up on the board just above the kitchen. We had the prawn bisque which was actually prawn curry. Nice big head...More

Thank TheBear898
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great location go hand in hand with excellent and slick interior design, good and friendly service and attention to detail. And - of course - really good food. As to be expected, all of this comes with a price tag. But well worth it!

Thank sbe_000
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Awesome ambience. Fleshy crabs and other seafood. Good service. Reserve your seats early to avoid disappointment. Happy crabbing.

Thank Antony C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went there because of our friends recommendation. we liked the place and service as excellent but not sure about all the hype. The crab did not have enough meat but it was very delicate. The chief prepared it very well and the price was...More

Thank srinagendran
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October 29, 2017|
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Response from muellerassociates | Reviewed this property |
I’m not an expert... but it’s frech crab from daily catch and should be halal!
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Ranil P
July 17, 2017|
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Response from Dharshan M | Property representative |
Yes it is
March 13, 2017|
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Response from Shalini C | Property representative |
Casual to Smart Casual. There's no strict dress code.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
$35 - $200
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
  • Phone Number: +94 11 2 342722
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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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