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“the best food and the best service in Hikkaduwa”

Crab Restaurant Chaaya Tranz Hotel
Ranked #29 of 124 Restaurants in Hikkaduwa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 7 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Crab Restaurant located at the Lobby level, north wing of the Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa & open air restaurant with option of dining outdoor.
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here 10 adults and 6 kids, the food was so good and we did get outstanding service from the waiter Samantha.

Thank Fridatulum
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My family and I visited The Crab, which is part of the 4 Star Hikka Tranz hotel, as an alternative to the usual buffet style lunch offered at the main hotel. The restaurant is 10m from the beach and has no walls, which offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant could do with playing some traditional music to add to the beautiful scenery, but other than that, the environment was perfect. In terms of cost, the prices are a little high, but not ridiculously so, but for what we were served, incredible value for money. Two of us had two different Crab dishes, and to say the taste was amazing, would be an understatement. We have travelled to Sri Lanka over 27 times, and our dishes were the best Crab we have tasted. Fresh, flavoursome, and very generous portions. The staff were very attentive, professional and courteous. All in all, we would highly recommend The Crab.

2  Thank Errol70
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The Crab Restaurant is part of the Hikka Tranz hotel and although we were not staying there, we decided to go there for a slightly more expensive Sri Lanka meal. The ambience and atmosphere of the restaurant is wonderful- the lights are dimmed, the sounds of the ocean can be heard lightly in the distance. For a romantic meal, this would be the place. When we arrived, the staff promptly seated us and brought us The Crab menu stating that another menu was available if we wished... After deciding that we didn't all want fish, we asked for the other menu, which was from the Steaks and Kebabs part of the hotel. The menu was printed on a wine bottle but was more what we were looking for. There seemed to be an unnecessary number of menus on our table by the end of the ordering stage- a wine list, a drinks and cocktail list, a seafood list, a steak list... It would be far easier to just produce one more concise menu.

We ordered two lots of sirloin steaks and a prawn curry and all agreed that these were delicious. Prior to this we all received complimentary bread which was a nice touch. However, we did wait a considerable time for this and the restaurant was probably only half full. When we did receive our meals one female member of staff walked around like a matron bouncing from one table to the next but didn't ask if we were enjoying our meals. She just seemed a little surplus to requirements.

All in all it was a lovely meal in a beautiful location. There were just a few things that could've made this a little more 5 star.

Thank BirchTravels
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Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

We had a nice dinner in The Crab. Staff was very nice and the restaurant was very clean and attractive. We had sushi and sashimi as starters which was very nice and we took backed crab and King fish, prawns & red as our main meals which was accompanied with jasmine steam rice snapper and mixed green salad dishes and to cleanse this we had pot of green tea . Food and services was 100% satisfying. And highly recommend.

Thank Yasas D
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

We stopped by for lunch on the way back to Colombo as we had been craving crab and were pretty pleased to see the sign ... pretty enough restaurant, open sided with a view of the beach... , but first we had to find someone to serve us! We actually had to walk right through the hotel all the way to the main dining area to look for someone as there was absolutely nobody in sight... once the staff were located they were fairly nice and helpful but having said that perhaps the rules are a bit rigid, on inquiring as to whether I could have a starter portion of the crab tortellini instead of a mains size ( we had ordered loads of crab so did nt want to fill up) i was told I could not and they could nt think of a good reason as to why I couldnt either!

We had ordered garlic rice and what we got was regular sri lankan yellow rice which I had actually seen on the buffet earlier when we were looking for someone.. we also ordered singapore chillie crab as well as Sri lankan Crab curry... what a disaster, the crab was stringy and old, obviously been frozen for a good amount of time, i suspect if was off the Sunday buffet as well as I saw something very similar.. some of the crab the flesh was mushy, and the singapore chillie crab had a tasteless watery sauce which tasted of ketchup!

absolutely the worst crab meal we had ever had, such a pity... and certainly a waste of money..

Sorry, cant find anything positive to say...

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Thank Misky L
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