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The Declaration

Ministry of Crab is located on the 1st floor of Barbarossa in the heart of Shanghai’s picturesque People’s Park. It was created as a culinary homecoming of Sri Lanka’s legendary lagoon crab, which has long gained popularity outside of the island.

The Crabs are the ‘stars of the show’ at Ministry of Crab, ranging from 500g ‘Small’ crabs to 2KG ‘Crabzillas’ plated up in a variety of ways from fiery Pepper Crab to the unique Garlic Chilli Crab and the succulent Baked Crab. We also celebrate Sri Lanka’s fine seafood; from amazing King Prawns found in the rivers running across the island to fresh Clams and Oysters from the lagoons.

We believe that freshness is of the utmost importance and employ a no-freezer policy in our restaurant to serve you the best using the highest quality of ingredients.

The Ministers

Kumar Sangakkara

Welcome. Ministry of Crab is a celebration of Sri Lanka; our heritage and our wonderfully fresh and diverse ingredients. For me, this is the realisation of my dream to be part of a culinary experience that I hope will enthral your taste buds and leave you happy, and wanting more. Enjoy.

Dharshan Munidasa

When applying a Japanese mind set to cuisine in Sri Lanka, one pays more attention to the supply chain. Nihonbashi made me discover fish markets and their amazing array of seafood, and this restaurant is a result of a decade and a half of discovery. Hoping you enjoy what the Ministry of Crab has on offer, we are merely messengers of great ingredients.

Mahela Jayawardena

Ministry of Crab is a maiden innings for me & I hope this partnership with my long time batting partner Kumar & our new coach Dharshan will be a knockout. Hope you all will be bowled over 🙂

Kumar Sangakkara

Welcome. Ministry of Crab is a celebration of Sri Lanka; our heritage and our wonderfully fresh and diverse ingredients. For me, this is the realisation of my dream to be part of a culinary experience that I hope will enthral your taste buds and leave you happy, and wanting more. Enjoy.

Dharshan Munidasa

When applying a Japanese mind set to cuisine in Sri Lanka, one pays more attention to the supply chain. Nihonbashi made me discover fish markets and their amazing array of seafood, and this restaurant is a result of a decade and a half of discovery. Hoping you enjoy what the Ministry of Crab has on offer, we are merely messengers of great ingredients.

Mahela Jayawardena

Ministry of Crab is a maiden innings for me & I hope this partnership with my long time batting partner Kumar & our new coach Dharshan will be a knockout. Hope you all will be bowled over 🙂

The Constitution

Ministry of Crab was created in Colombo with these 10 tenets in mind.

Article I

We only serve the best catch of the day. 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 won’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 aim to remind you that Sri Lanka is a beautiful island nation, 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 aim to be one of the lowest “food-mile” restaurants in the world; hence we do not import any major ingredients.

Article VIII

We are proud of the reputation Sri Lankan crabs enjoy in Singapore – thank you Singapore! But we’re even prouder of being the first institution in Sri Lanka dedicated to serving you the best of our crabs here in their home country.

Article IX

Our crabs are not farmed and are caught in the wild. Their supply is based on the daily catch which is absolutely dependent on rainfall, strong winds and ambient temperature. We apologize in advance if the size of crab you require is not available. We consider it a privilege to serve you this crab in Sri Lanka, the true home of the legendary Sri Lankan Crab.

Article X

We are privileged to be serving you inside a building that was constructed over 400 years ago by the Dutch. We designed this restaurant to exemplify the beauty and history of this building, using special methods in order to preserve the floor and walls. Your chair may wobble a bit, but we hope you will enjoy such charms!

The Amendments

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Operation Hours

Full Menu
11.00am – 11:00pm

 Afternoon Tea
2:30pm - 5:00pm

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Address

No. 231 West Nanjing Road
Peoples Park, Shanghai, China