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“Excellent seafood”

Crab Restaurant Chaaya Tranz Hotel
Ranked #31 of 110 Restaurants in Hikkaduwa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Crab Restaurant located at the Lobby level, north wing of the Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa & open air restaurant with option of dining outdoor.
Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent seafood”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We went to the restaurant after reading about it on Tripadvisor. It is located close to the beach at a corner of the Chaaya Tranz hotel. The guards at the hotel entrance didn't seem to know they had a restaurant by that name inside the hotel :) We ordered tea-smoked lobster as an appetizer, the chef's specialty, Crab Tranz, and buttered cuttlefish. For 1200 SLR we got a large crab, big enough for 2, cooked in a fantastic, finger-licking good curry. The lobster was cooked simply and delicious. We loved the food but struggled to finish the portions. We were served a complimentary sorbet between courses as a palate cleanser. The waiters were extremely attentive without being obtrusive, providing service of the highest standards. It was a memorable dining experience and we will definitely go back if we happen to visit Hikkaduwa.

  • Visited May 2013
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Chaminda S, Resident Manager at Crab Restaurant Chaaya Tranz Hotel, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Thank you for your feedback following your visit to Crab Restaurant of Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa. We are truly delighted to know that you enjoyed our warm hospitality. We eagerly look forward to having you with us again.
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Bengaluru, India
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Crabby Bliss”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Crab Restaurant is located at the beautiful Chaaya Tranz hotel. We chose a nice table facing the beach and ordered a round of cocktails, they were slurpy good.
The crab ofcourse is the hero and the menu mostly has crab cooked in different ways, but it also has prawns and other seafood. Mains cost about LKR1200 and includes a side of your choice.
We ordered the Sri Lankan crab curry and the Singapore style crab, the portion sizes are quite large and can be shared between 2. The food is delicious, the crab was fresh and so so yummy!
Service is attentive and friendly. If you’re in Hikkaduwa the Crab is a must visit.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Pooja82
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Chaminda S, Resident Manager at Crab Restaurant Chaaya Tranz Hotel, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thank you for your feedback following your recent visit to Crab Restaurant of Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed our food & services. Whilst thanking you for sharing your positive feedback we eagerly look forward to having you with us again.
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent food, good value for money and fantastic service!!!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place for a seafood dinner. The food was absolutely out of this world, especially the prawn and crab dishes.

The portions are of a very decent size and this is a rare restaurant which does not charge by the weight of the crab, so you really do get your money's worth!

The service was also excellent. The steward went out of his way to make sure we were satisfied, and he went out of the way to organise a dessert which was not on the menu, at my request.

The starters and desserts were also delicious. We drove teo hours each wsy to have dinner here and it was well withh it. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Ruwani E
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Chaminda S, Resident Manager at Crab Restaurant Chaaya Tranz Hotel, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Thank you for your feedback following your experience at Crab Restaurant of Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa. It is a pleasure to note that you enjoyed at our restaurant. We eagerly look forward to having you with us again.
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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“Top-notch dining experience”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Ideally situated at the quiet end of the hotel, covered but open at the sides allowing the breeze to blow in, and close to the beach, we were made to feel special from the moment we walked in. My wife adores seafood and she thought it was of a high standard, and I enjoyed my snapper main couse as well. The staff were attentive and highly trained and rushed around all evening. You may get more authentic food in other places, but this was a complete dining experience.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Phil S
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Chaminda S, Resident Manager at Crab Restaurant Chaaya Tranz Hotel, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Thank you for your feedback following your recent visit to Crab Restaurant of Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed our food & services. Whilst thanking you for sharing your positive feedback we eagerly look forward to having you with us again.
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London, United Kingdom
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“Pricey and disappointed”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

They need to review their menu description!

They call crabs as lagoon king crabs - I am sorry this might be good for those whoe doesn't know the difference between lagoon crabs and normal crabs. Try Dutch hospital or Lagoon at Cinnamon grnad if you want proper lagoon king crabs. We felt it was misleading to say they offer lagoon king crabs when it is not. We ordered the Singapore chilli crba and it tasted a bit like tomato sauce.... So wasn't that great.

Again we had Prawn Indonesian redang - Be aware their definition of redanng is a SL prawn curry made of coconut paste. Again this may satisfy those who doesn't know what exactly Indonesian redang is. The prawns were over cooked or kept in the freezer for long as it didn't feel fresh.

Service was good though but it the food doesn't taste that good but it is pricey.

Crab and sea food lovers should try Dutch hospital or Cinnamon Grand sea food restaurant in Colombo,and don't waste your money anywhere else in SL.

Visited April 2013
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