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Confirmed: Ministry of Crab is coming to Mumbai



Fans of the seafood restaurant, here’s all you need to know

There have been rumours about Sri Lanka’s favourite restaurant, Ministry of Crab, coming to Mumbai for a while, but the news is finally confirmed and we couldn’t be more excited. The much-celebrated seafood restaurant’s Indian outpost is set to offer everything from their signature butter crab to chilli garlic prawns.

In an informal chat with chef Dharshan Munidasa, we asked him a couple of things we could expect from his restaurant that will make its Indian debut in Mumbai first, followed by a Delhi encore.

“We are looking forward to working with Indian crabs and the young Indian chefs!” said Munidasa. The Indian Ministry of Crabs will source their seafood from the south-east and west coast of India. “We will also have a few vegetarian dishes based on local produce, but the DNA of Ministry of Crab will remain the same to give our guests an authentic experience,” he said.

Munidasa’s focus in India will be on the size of the crabs, and he promises they will be much bigger. “The bite and resistance when bitting into a [meaty] crab claw is incomparable to that of a small one. Your tongue comes in contact with the entire claw meat and the sensations are different,” he suggests.

Set up in a 400-year-old former Dutch hospital back in Colombo, the grand plan in Mumbai is to open the restaurant midtown for easy access. If all works well, you’ll be dining there by mid-year. Stay tuned for more updates.