The inception of Ministry of Crab was attributed to an episode of Dharshan Munidasa’s former TV show “Culinary Journeys”, which featured the Sri Lankan Crab! This was filmed in Singapore; the country that made the Sri Lankan Crab famous as it was here that these crabs had become a brand. It was during this shoot that the initial idea of creating a crab restaurant was born.
When brainstorming names for the restaurant that was expected to be a culinary homecoming for the Sri Lankan Lagoon Crab, Dharshan felt that it had to be a powerful, institution-like name; and so, the title, “Ministry of Crab” was established.
The next step was to find a location fit to house the restaurant and the search began for a “Ministerial” space. It was serendipity that the historic Dutch Hospital building became available, as a result of a new refurbishment project of colonial buildings by the Urban Development Authority as part of the post-war development.
Foodies through and through, Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara were close friends with Dharshan. So when he put forth the idea for a restaurant dedicated to seafood, they stepped in to partner with him, giving flight to their own gastronomic aspirations. Their dedication towards bringing the restaurant to life by using it as a platform to pay homage to local produce earned all of them the monikers, “Ministers of Crab”.
Everything came together in December 2011 as Ministry of Crab opened its doors for the first time!
Ministry of Crab Maldives is a part of The Marina @ CROSSROADS, the most comprehensive and ambitious integrated leisure and entertainment development undertaken in the country. Located 15 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport and the Maldivian 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. Set amongst the breath-takingly exotic Kaafu Atoll and Emboodhoo Lagoon, The Marina @ CROSSROADS alludes to a scenic beachfront town offering upscale and casual dining, fashion retail and spa destinations.