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Ministry of Crab

Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 342722
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“prawns” (485 reviews)
“bread” (319 reviews)
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Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed today via mobile

We made reservation time ahead. We were 4 couples. The service was perfect,we order variety of see food which were serve in Unic style, the climax was 1kg of crab. We never had such a good sea food dinner served on a style. The price...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Modi K
Reviewed today

Visiting Colombo for the day and stumbled upon this fantastic restaurant tucked away in the Old Dutch Hospital. The interior is amazing and the food excellent but being a Sunday afternoon, no alcohol between 2-5pm so lots of water. Clams and oysters to start and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank dmansfield2016
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I think this is a tourist trap if im honest. Its very expensive for what you actually get...Down in Mirissa I had far more crab for more than half of the cost at MoC. Its from the same ocean and is just as fresh. Shooters...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank exploreandeats
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Booked a couple of months in advance so I perhaps had too much time to raise my expectations. We dined as a table of eight in the first sitting and the waitstaff did a great job of settling us in, explaining the menu, and getting...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank epitomy
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Good food, I got prawn bisque which had delicious flavors but was literally one large prawn in the soup. For around $35AUD quite pricey for a very small meal, however it was nice, just be prepared to pay western prices and then some! My partner...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ashlee S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were recommended to go to the Ministry of crab as it sounded like a unique restaurant.....We should really have booked earlier, as the restaurant gets extremely busy and our hotel managed to persuade the manager to give us a table, at short notice. We...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank PeterClarke2015
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Old Dutch hospital premises where this premier restaurant is located adds to the old world charm and the beauty of this place. The food is excellent and your tastebuds will keep asking for more ! The crabs are extremely fresh and tasty. You can...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank SarahKoshyJohnson
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are at Ministry of Crab this evening due to its reviews, and left feeling ripped off and disappointed. The crab was of poor quality, and to say it was on the lean side would be generous. We were encouraged to have a 1kg crab...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ilovehotels123
Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent crabs irregardless of the size (we ordered a OMG! done in garlic chilli, an XL in garlic pepper and an Large in curry) but whilst there are differences in the flavour and taste between the 3 cooking styles, they are pretty close.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Maildeshere
Reviewed 3 days ago

Clearly by the name this is a restaurant specialising in crab!! Good service and good food and not hugely expensive. If you are a crab lover then it is certainly worth a visit.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jimjan24
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Questions & Answers
January 13, 2019|
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Response from Dharshan M | Property representative |
Yes we have three dishes made from Chicken, Chicken Curry Rice, spicy Chargrilled Teriyak and Olive Oil Soy Chicken. In addition we also have Mushrooms in Butter, stir fried Morning glory and stir fried mixed vegetable.
December 14, 2018|
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Response from VincentCharles23 | Reviewed this property |
Hi The crabs are sold based on their size. The good news is that they have crabs of all sizes and the smaller ones are well priced
December 14, 2018|
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Response from AthmaM2 | Reviewed this property |
Google and list of menu and prices are given
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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Sri Lanka’s most sought after dining destination. One of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2015, the restaurant is the brainchild of celebrated chef and restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, who partnered with Sri Lankan Cricketing Legends Mahela Jayawardane and Kumar Sangakkara. Crabs range from 500g ‘Small’ crabs to 2KG ‘Crabzillas’ and the restaurant employs a daring no-freezer policy, sourcing all its produce from Sri Lanka. Enjoy oysters, clams, fresh water prawns and the famous crabs from Sri Lanka in the historic setting of the 400-year old Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, one of Colombo's most iconic landmarks.
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