Abu Dhabi residents will finally have the chance to lay their taste buds on Sri Lanka’s popular restaurant.
Ministry of Crab (no, it’s not some new local government agency) is slated to come to Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi this month to serve up its signature mouth-watering crustacean delicacies.
We have to remind you though that it will be only here from 25th to 27th April, so this is your only opportunity (at least at the moment) to sample the food.
The restaurant’s pop-up booth promises to dish out some of its most loved fare, with its famous pepper crab serving as the highlight.
But hold on to your appetite for now until the big day. For now, get to know the famous eatery better with these fun facts…
- Ministry of Crab was founded by Sri Lankan Dharshan Munidasa, a self-taught culinary expert who was born in Tokyo, Japan.
- Munidasa discovered his talent for cooking out of necessity while studying at The John Hopkins University in America in 1994. He started preparing his own dish so he won’t have to buy the ‘not palatable’ cafeteria food.
- Munidasa returned to Sri Lanka in 1994 following the death of his father. He opened his first restaurant venture, Nihonbashi, in 1995.
- Ministry of Crab first opened in December 2011. The venture was collaboration between Munidasa and Sri Lankan cricket legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.
- The restaurant is located in the refurbished 400-year-old Old Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct.
- Ministry of Crab is renowned for being one of the first in the country serving fresh export quality lagoon crabs.
- Ministry of Crab has been recognised as part of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List from 2015 to 2017. The restaurant was named as The S. Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka from 2017 to 2018.
- Aside from Colombo in Sri Lanka, Ministry of Crab also has branches in Shanghai, China, Manila, Philippines and Mumbai, India.