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Ministry of Crab

Ministry of Crab

Ministry of Crab is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Colombo. The restaurant is located in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and is known for its delicious crab dishes. The menu features a variety of crab dishes, including garlic chili crab, pepper crab, and crab curry. The prices are on the higher side, with dishes ranging from LKR 3,000 to LKR 8,000. However, the quality of the food and the service make it worth the price. The restaurant has received rave reviews from customers and is a must-visit for seafood lovers.


Ministry of Crab is located in the heart of Colombo, in close proximity to many of the city’s top tourist attractions, shopping centers, and entertainment hubs. The restaurant is easily accessible by car or taxi, and there is ample parking available for those who drive.


Ministry of Crab specializes in serving the freshest and most flavorful seafood dishes, using locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s menu features a range of dishes, including crab, lobster, prawns, and more, prepared in a variety of styles. From spicy curries to succulent stir-fries, there is something to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Facilities and Services:

Ministry of Crab is designed to provide guests with a comfortable and relaxed dining experience. The restaurant has a spacious interior, with a mix of traditional and modern design elements. The restaurant also has a bar, serving a range of cocktails and wines to accompany your meal. In addition, the restaurant offers private dining rooms for groups and events.

Attractions and Activities:

Ministry of Crab is located in close proximity to many of Colombo’s top tourist attractions, including the Independence Square, the National Museum of Colombo, and the Galle Face Green. Visitors can also go shopping at the nearby Odel and House of Fashion, or visit the famous Gangaramaya Temple.

Best time to visit:

Ministry of Crab is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The best time to visit is during peak hours, when the restaurant is buzzing with energy and the atmosphere is lively.

Tips for Visitors:

Visitors should be aware that Ministry of Crab is a popular destination, and it is recommended that they make a reservation in advance to ensure a table. Visitors should also be aware of the dress code, which is smart casual, and be prepared for a long wait during peak hours.

Price List/Menu:

Food CategoryDish NamePriceDescription
Prawn DishesCLAY POT PRAWN CURRY$35(SERVES 2-4)A combination of Freshwater and Black Tiger Prawns adding up to half a kilo, to make the stock extra flavoursome, go into this curry. Served with traditional wood fired Kade Bread (it’s reputed to be the best prawn curry in the country).
Prawn DishesEBI SHIOYAKIBlack Tiger Prawn (Per Prawn/1本 ) $6, Maru Ebi (3 Black Tiger Prawns/3本) $7A traditional Japanese dish, our Ebi Shioyaki (salt-grilled prawn) is cooked with sweet, natural salt on hard wood charcoal. Completely deshelled prawns grilled on a skewer. Request a pinch of chilli if you’d like.
Prawn DishesPRAWN BISQUE$18This hearty bisque blends the fresh flavour of Sri Lanka’s amazing Freshwater Prawn with a combination of local spices. Served with traditional wood fired Kade Bread.
Small PlatesOYSTER SIXERS$13, WITH VODKA $16These Warm Water Oysters taste much better when served at a lower temperature than their habitat environment, which is why we shuck and chill them for at least 6 hours. Served with our homemade hot sauce and aged soy sauce.Use 2 – 3 drops on each oyster and a dash of freshly squeezed lime! Comes in a set of six.
Small PlatesCLAMS$8A favourite among our regulars, these clams are fresh and made to a simple Japanese preparation of butter and soy sauce.
RiceSteamed Japonica Rice$2 
RiceGarlic Rice$6 
Japanese Style Fried RiceKani Chahan (Crab)$18蟹チャーハン
Japanese Style Fried RiceEbi Chahan (Prawn)$18海老チャーハン
Negi Chahan (Leek)$6ねぎチャーハン
Vegetable SidesKanKun Garlic, KanKun Garlic & Egg, Button Mushrooms, Mixed Vegetables$5 each 
ChickenCHICKEN CURRY RICE$13À la minute boneless dark meat chicken curry with bold, spicy tones. Served with steamed rice, Pol Sambol and a fried egg. ALSO AVAILABLE WITH KADE BREAD
ChickenCHICKEN TERIYAKI (REGULAR/EXTRA SPICY)$12True to Dharshan’s Japanese heritage this teriyaki sauce is two decades old and is made without any preservatives or artificial taste enhancers. Never frozen boneless chicken is then cooked on hardwood charcoal to create this sweet yet tangy dish.
ChickenOLIVE OIL & SOY SAUCE GRILLED CHICKEN$10Tender chicken leg meat coated with a lightly whisked olive oil and soy sauce foam and chargrilled to perfection.
SeerSEER TERIYAKI (REGULAR/EXTRA SPICY)$16Sri Lanka’s favourite fish, cooked on charcoal with Dharshan’s homemade teriyaki sauce to create a truly Japanese flavour.
SeerSEER BATAYAKI$14Fillets of seer lightly sautéed in butter to give it a golden-brown glaze.
SeerOLIVE OIL & SOY SAUCE GRILLED SEER$14Fillets of seer coated with a lightly whisked olive oil and soy sauce foam and chargrilled to perfection.
BreadKADE BREAD$218 cubes of traditional Sri Lankan wood fired bread.
BreadGARLIC BREAD$2A thick slice of traditional Sri Lankan wood fired bread glazed in garlic butter and chargrilled.
SidesPOL SAMBOL (WITH MALDIVE FISH)$2Made à la minute to a Sangakkara family recipe, our Pol Sambol is hand-scraped on order before being ground on a traditional ‘miris gala’ (grinding stone), as a mixture of coconut, chilli and onion. This dish is created with Maldive Fish from our sister restaurant in Maldives and is a great accompaniment to our curry dishes and Kade Bread.
Thirst QuenchersICED TEA SODA$3Our Iced Tea Soda is a refreshing, all-natural alternative to traditional soft drinks.
Thirst QuenchersGINGER BEER$2A unique beverage made to a 100-year-old recipe using all-natural Sri Lankan Ginger specially grown in the central highlands of Sri Lanka.
Thirst QuenchersCENTELLA 500ML$3 
Fresh Fruit JuicesLIME JUICE/SODA$3 
Still & Sparkling WaterMINERAL WATER IN A CARAFE 1L$2As a means of reducing our carbon footprint, our water is transported in large 20L reusable containers and is served in a carafe.
Still & Sparkling WaterOLU MINERAL WATER 625ML$2 
Still & Sparkling WaterSAN PELLEGRINO 500ML$6 
Still & Sparkling WaterSAN PELLEGRINO 1L$8 
Still & Sparkling WaterACQUA PANNA 1L$8 
Still & Sparkling WaterCLUB SODA$2 
DessertCHOCOLATE BISCUIT PUDDING$6Adding a touch of sophistication to the classic Sri Lankan dessert, we created our signature Chocolate Biscuit Pudding with rich Swiss dark chocolate in individual portions topped with whipped cream.
DessertCOCONUT CRÈME BRÛLÉE$5A tropical island twist on the classic French dessert. Created using rich coconut milk, this dish is baked to perfection in a coconut shell. Crack the caramelized sugar coating to taste the smooth and creamy custard within!


Ministry of Crab has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from guests, who have praised the restaurant’s exceptional seafood dishes, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and comfortable atmosphere. Visitors have also noted the restaurant’s attention to detail, from the presentation of the dishes to the quality of the service.


Ministry of Crab is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Sri Lanka, especially for seafood lovers. With its innovative menu, exceptional service, and comfortable atmosphere, Ministry of Crab is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and experience the best of Sri Lankan cuisine. Whether you are in Colombo for business or leisure, Ministry of Crab is the perfect place to dine.




Google Reviews

3,440 reviews
  • Nikhil Kalladithodi

    We decided to see what all the hype was about at this restaurant, and we left with mixed feelings. Let's start with the positives. The service was truly exceptional. What added a unique touch was the use of wireless headphones by the restaurant staff to communicate with each other, which added a certain level of sophistication to the dining experience. However, when it came to the food, we were slightly underwhelmed. In the menu at that moment only three options: small, medium, and large crab was available . We opted for the large crab, which had a decent flavor, but we couldn't help but feel that the price was quite steep for what we received. We had previously dined at other restaurants with similarly sized crabs at a significantly lower cost. One redeeming aspect of this restaurant is its commitment to a noble cause. They mention that their profits go to a non-governmental organization (NGO), which gives some justification to the higher prices. In conclusion, if you're looking for a unique dining experience with excellent service and don't mind paying a bit more for a good cause, this restaurant might be worth a visit. However, if you're primarily seeking value for money in your crab feast, you might find better options elsewhere.

  • Vivian Jey
    Vivian Jey
    a week ago

    We had a pleasant dining experience here! Crabs are fresh and have lots of meat. We ordered 2 crabs (1.3 kg each) which are more than enough for 4 people. Chilli garlic flavour is the most popular but they’re not spicy and very buttery. Not too fond of this but others like it 3.5/5 Curry flavour is a bit spicier and more flavourful 4/5 Prawn fried rice 5/5 love the rice but it’s kinda small (portion for 1-2 people) Must get the breads to dip in crab gravy. 5/5 Garlic fried rice 5/5 (for 1-2 people) Pol sambol is great 5/5 Servers are attentive and professional. Price point is definitely much higher than other restaurants. You either know this place from Instagram or other social media. Customers are mostly tourists. We paid close to $600 for 6 adults (our kids don’t eat anything).

  • Ryan Jason
    Ryan Jason
    a month ago

    The restaurant is beautifully decorated. Atmosphere is nice and cool. I ordered the curry crab / chilli crab and a garlic chilli prawn. Crabs and prawns were fresh and delicious. The price was a bit high. Recommended for all seafood lovers.

  • David García Lucas

    I usually don’t bother with reviews, but this travesty of a dining experience can’t go unmentioned. Despite the sparse negative reviews, I decided to give this place a chance, hoping they weren’t accurate. I was wrong. Don’t be fooled by this establishment. The pictures? Pure deception. The reality? A grossly overpriced mockery of what quality dining should be. We were lured in with hopes of a top-tier meal, only to be served with the sole decent item, an Italian Prosecco. Ordered medium crabs that were supposed to weigh 700-800 grams each? Expect to be served pathetic remnants barely worth mentioning. Their so-called crab salads? Just half an avocado with a pitiful amount of crab. And while the oysters were passable, it wasn’t enough to save this disaster of a meal. Shelled out $228 and for what? The illusion of quality in Colombo. We walked out, wallets lighter, stomachs still empty, and regret heavy in the air. Consider this a warning: steer clear unless you want to throw money down the drain!

  • Chandi Radnam
    Chandi Radnam
    3 weeks ago

    Ambience and staff were fantastic! The curry crab and chilly garlic prawns were tasty but it fell short of my expectation given the hype about this place. Although all seafood was fresh I still felt the price was too high.

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