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Ministry of Crab

) #7 of 477 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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Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fine restaurant with very high standards but too expensive for what you get. Many sizes of crabs and ways of cooking it are available: the quality of the food is superb but be prepared to pay a lot.

Thank Elia B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Busy place with big crowd but that made it a very very Slow service . Food is good but takes time to receive. Staff was good but from.crowd was a bit slow but overall good experience with excellent quality food

Thank nina09
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Yumm, loved the crabs. We had one with pepper sauce and one with chilli. Both were delicious. Book ahead and reserve your crabs when you book so you don't miss out. Remember that a crab has very little meat in it so each person will...More

Thank Julie241159
Reviewed 3 days ago

I am a true Singaporean when it comes to food, so it would take a lot to beat us in our crab culinary. Hands up for the best crabs in the world at MoC - esp their garlic and butter crabs oozing with flavours at...More

Thank Sweetiemine
Reviewed 3 days ago

Delicious food in a casual atmosphere. The crabs are the main attraction of the restaurant and we preordered 4 "colossal" size crabs, 1.3 to 1.5 kg per crab. We had them cooked 3 different ways and enjoyed them all. Apart from the crabs, I must...More

Thank Pooky_TH
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went with family and no words to express they have the best dishes , ambience , service and no wonder it is rated 29 th rank in Top restaurant's of Asia . Don't forget their cocktail Small island .

Thank Manish T
Reviewed 3 days ago

Best place (?only place, considering the fact that most large crabs are exported instead of sending to the local markets) to try jumbo crabs in Sri Lanka. Although overpriced by Sri Lankan standards it is usually what you'd expect at a restaurant that made it...More

Thank nidhan_149
Reviewed 4 days ago

Enjoyed my time at the Ministry of Crab but would highly recommend booking in advance as the restaurant is very popular. When contacting the management for a table also ask if Crab is on the menu; in my experience i have arrived on spec and...More

Thank shaunkennedym
Reviewed 4 days ago

Celebrity-owned restaurants typically aren't known for their food... this restaurant has incredibly flavors and crabs larger than I could imagine. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Beware - with all the work to cut the crabs and get the crabmeat out... you...More

Thank Saminish
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great food, great service. Make sure you get your reservation in early. I don't think that there is much more to say

Thank Trilife
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Ranil P
17 July 2017|
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Response from Dharshan M | Property representative |
Yes it is
13 March 2017|
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Response from Shalini C | Property representative |
Casual to Smart Casual. There's no strict dress code.
19 January 2017|
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Response from Shal6 | Reviewed this property |
We booked by visiting their website & emailing them
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
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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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