ministry of crab

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Ministry of Crab was created as a culinary homecoming for the Sri Lankan Mud Crab and has now made its way to the Maldives. Opened in October 2019, Ministry of Crab Maldives is housed in a charming colonial-style waterfront building at The Marina @CROSSROADS, a 15-minute speedboat ride from the bustling capital of Male. Ministry of Crab Maldives offers stunning views of the marina, breathtaking sunsets, and the gentle coastal breeze.

As the first international outpost directly owned and managed by the flagship restaurant in Colombo, listed among ‘Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants,’ we are built on a foundation that prioritises the freshness and quality of our ingredients. To uphold this standard, we air-freight the finest Sri Lankan Mud Crab twice a week to Maldives. We also adhere to the same strict no-freezer policy as the one in Colombo, which is a testament to our commitment to freshness.

Our star attractions are the iconic Mud Crabs, ranging from ½ Kilo (500g) Crabs to 2KG ‘Crabzillas,’ plated in variety of flavours from the zesty Pepper Crab to the unique Garlic Chilli Crab, and the decadent Crab Liver Pâté. We also celebrate Sri Lanka’s fine seafood, from the giant freshwater prawns found in the lakes and reservoirs of the island, to the fresh clams and oysters from the lagoons, while featuring dishes that highlight Maldivian ingredients such as the Hiki Mas Chahan.



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We are proud to serve you the Iconic Mud Crab, air flown from Sri Lanka twice a week.
The Giant Freshwater Prawns of Sri Lanka, also known as Lake Lobsters range from 150g to 500g.
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Sourced in Sri Lanka, our Mud Crabs are flown in live twice a week!
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Article I
We only serve the best catch flown in from Sri Lanka. When it comes to crab, we don’t serve them small, meatless, with one claw missing. Or with unevenly sized claws – only the best of the catch.
Article II
We don’t buy anything frozen, and we do not freeze our seafood. The only use we’ve found for freezers is to store our food refuse for disposal.
Article III
We know that all the fish in the sea can be eaten as sashimi. If a restaurant serves good quality seafood it should be able to serve it as sashimi. Many don’t/ can’t/ won’t. We do.
Article IV
We treat all our ingredients with the utmost respect using techniques which stem from Japanese culinary philosophies and practices. These same principles are employed at the finest Japanese restaurants around the world.
Article V
We consider forks and knives merely an option. We have specialized crab utensils to help you pry succulent crab meat from its shell, but digging in with your hands is not frowned upon.
Article VI
We aspire to remind you that Sri Lanka is a beautiful island, which is reflected in the seafood available to us. Our oceans, unlike those in many southeast Asian countries, are clean and this is why our seafood is simply amazing.
Article VII
We aspire to be one of the lowest ‘food mile’ restaurants in the Maldives; as we bring to you fresh ingredients from Sri Lanka, the closest crab and prawn exporting country.
Article VIII
Sri Lankan crabs are considered to be one of the best crabs around the world (special shout-out to Singapore!) We are proud to share this crustacean gem with you here in the beautiful Maldives.
Article IX
Our crabs are not farmed and are wild-caught. Their supply is based on the daily catch which is absolutely dependant on rainfall, strong winds and ambient temperature. We consider it a privilege to serve you this crab in the Maldives and we apologize in advance if the size (of crab) you require is not available.
Article X
Ministry of Crab Maldives is proud to be housed at The Marina @ CROSSROADS Maldives, the country’s largest multi-island integrated leisure and entertainment destination. The stunning views of the turquoise waters while enjoying our signature dishes is truly an experience to remember.


Ministry of Crab Maldives is a part of The Marina @ CROSSROADS, the largest fully integrated lifestyle destination in the country.
Ministry of Crab Maldives is a part of The Marina @ CROSSROADS, the largest fully integrated lifestyle destination in the country. Located 15-minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport and capital of Male, CROSSROADS is part of a multi-island project, developed by the world-renowned Thailand based real estate developer, Singha Estate Public Company Limited.
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