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Ministry of Crab

) #7 of 467 Restaurants in Colombo $$$$ Seafood, Asian,
Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 342722
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Gluten Free Options
Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed February 17, 2017

Managed by Celebrity Chef Mr Darshan Munidasa, Partnering Famous Sri Lankan Cricketers.Mr Kumar Sangakkara and Mr Mahela Jayawardena. it is one of the Famous Crab Restauarant at Old Dutch Hospital, opposite to World Trade Centre /Colombo. They have one of the Best Crab Preparation in...More

Reviewed February 17, 2017

...if you want to overpay for commodity crab dishes (they just boil/steam and sauce the damn things, after all), plus get attitude and crappy service, this is for you.

Thank rjt119
Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

Very nice hotel Really appreciate Fantastic food All facilities like 5 star All food available Like continental, European, All Asian food

Thank Harjot Singh C
Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

About a 4 minutes walk from the Kingsbury hotel,the food is good but I think it is over rated and over priced especially if you have crab,there are about 8 different sizes of crab ,and when we were there they only big ones left expensive...More

Thank Peter W
Reviewed February 16, 2017

We arrived without a reservation, (our fault, didn't do our research) and they were nice enough to tell us that if their 7:30PM reservation didn't get there by 8 we could have the table, so we did! We had just arrived to Colombo so were...More

Thank Sandree L
Reviewed February 15, 2017

Amazing Preparation of Sri Lankan crabs served with traditional Pol Sambol and Kade Bread, wonderful Clay-pot Prawn curry and a fantastic setting with good service. Need to book in advance

Thank Akram304
Reviewed February 15, 2017

it was really, the price was affordable and the food there was really awesome. the one i ordered was the chilli crab, it was really good and mouthwatering. the service was really decent, it was a really good experience

Thank danushanxxx
Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

This is the place to go to ... we were guests of chef Dharshan himself ... what an honour to hear the history of a restraunt while eating ..... there are no words to express how I enjoyed the evening ... INDIA must have this...More

Thank sanjeevmehra
Reviewed February 15, 2017

Its nice, its up market, its busy, its probably overpriced, unless this is what you're looking for - paying for branded restaurants. You'll find good crab in other places too.

Thank hanstravelsalot
Reviewed February 15, 2017

You can tell when the food is good, there is a wait time and everyone looks happy. This is such a place - The Ministry of Crab, was busy when I went there for lunch. There was a 30 minute wait and the food was...More

Thank Sharon T
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Dress code?
March 13, 2017|
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Response from Shalini C | Property representative |
Casual to Smart Casual. There's no strict dress code.
i am arriving colombo on 28jan and wish to have dinner for 2....how can i make a reservation....we are from india and i am bringing my boyfriend as a surprise as he is a big sri lankan team fan and it is his dream to dine there.will i get a nice table for 2 in a corner
January 19, 2017|
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Response from weesdom | Reviewed this property |
Just give the restaurant a call and make the booking. They're very friendly
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Are children welcome?
December 21, 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
$25 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:30 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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