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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.
US$ 35 - US$ 200
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think the place is nice and the service is good but it is very expensive. A bit overrated I think. Nevertheless if you are into crabs then it is a place to go!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A hyped up restaurant. A must ofcourse if you are a cricket lover as most of the people from sub continent are as the owners are the Sri Lankan cricketing legends. The food nice,stylised,feenchified and so naturally expensive. Good but nothing great. Anone time touristy...must. For great sea food amd crabs there are far better places in colombo which bring the magic of Sri Lankan cuisine alive.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time eating crab experience! Loved the fresh crab flavored with pepper and garlic. The meat was tender and the staff offers you all the tools and guidance to make sure you make the most of a first time experience! Location is beautiful too -...very relaxed and quiet on a warm eveningMore

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 22 September 2020 via mobile

Bit on the pricy side but one of the best restaurants for crabs in Sri Lanka. You can select the crab from their daily catch and ask them to cook according to your preference. We had prawns and crab 2 curries and roast paan which...was the best combo for dinner. Everything was delicious and worth the price. Better to make a reservation prior to your visit since it's almost always full.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 17 August 2020

Just read all the other great reviews. They are true! By far the best crab in Sri Lanka. Excellent service. Exciting ambience not spoiled by there Covid precautions. Amazing tiger prawns. Luscious lagoon crab. Cold crisp white wine. What more could you want?

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 15 August 2020 via mobile

Tasty crab but pricy Good choice of crab Good service Helpful staff especially Funza who was exceptional Dr Asokawi

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 23 July 2020 via mobile

We had an excellent lunch. We were looked after very well by the manager and the waiters. The various crab sides we had were very tasty. Thank you the manager JAY.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 26 June 2020 via mobile

I was in Colombo for a short 2-day work trip and was flying out of Colombo on a Friday after work. By hook or crook, I needed to leave for the airport at 9pm that night. Checked out of the hotel and got to the...restaurant at 7:45pm. I did not have a reservation and the restaurant was super packed! I literally had to beg for a table and I told them I only have an hour before I had to leave for the airport. Lucky for me, they were kind enough to give me a table for 1 but I had to wait until their customer was done. I only ended having to wait 15mins. Ordered their black pepper crab (the smallest size since it’s just for me alone), the fried rice and stir-fried morning glory and my oh my, it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my entire life! The crab was so juicy and fresh! And I completely underestimated their portion! It was too much for one person to eat in an hour but I made sure I finished the crab. I would love to go to Colombo again but I’ll make sure it’s NOT for work. Oh and yes, please do make a reservation, especially if you’re going on a weekend.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 14 June 2020 via mobile

We were welcomed by Ray with a kind smile and a very inviting presence. We were seated and briefed on each sauce all influenced from Sri Lanka. We ordered the 1kg crab with pepper sauce, clay pot prawn curry and toasted bread. My wife and...I are global travels with Sri Lanka being one of our favorite food spots. The food was a 10. The service was a 10, the atmosphere was a 10. I will be back and if you decide to come to Bangkok this is a must stop restaurant.More

Date of visit: June 2020
MOC_PR, Marketing at Ministry of Crab, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2020

Dear Mr. Von Lee, Thank you for visiting our Bangkok outpost, and for taking the time to review your dining experience with us. We value your feedback greatly. We are thrilled that you had an enjoyable experience in Bangkok and we will be sure to...More

Reviewed 10 June 2020 via mobile

Loved the food and thr vibes.ate alllllot kf crab and rice. Cool seating .orange branding very eye ca4chingMore

Date of visit: June 2020
MOC_PR, Marketing at Ministry of Crab, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2020

Dear Steve T, Thank you for visiting Ministry of Crab and taking the time to write a great review of your dining experience. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, especially in the current circumstances, and we will be sure to pass it along to the rest...More

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Response from vivekomatic | Reviewed this property |
Send an email. They reply pretty promptly
14 February 2019|
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Response from chandudesilva | Property representative |
Hi, Due to the high number of calls we receive on an hourly basis our phone lines are constantly engaged. In order to be quicker and clearer in our responses, we accept reservations via e-mail
13 January 2019|
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Response from MinisterOfCrab | 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.
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