Mumbai, we wouldn't ordinarily say this, but it's time for a crabby date. The cult restaurant, Ministry of Crab has catapulted from the land of flavours, Sri Lanka to India and this is its first weekend. Are you visiting, and if so, what are you ordering? Since it's your first time, we've surveyed the internet, taken suggestions from those who have dined at the original Colombo restaurant and rounded up a list of what to order, or what not to miss. Happy messy eating!
Garlic chilli crab
If there’s only one dish you have when you visit the Ministry of Crab, it should be the Garlic Chilli Crab. Undoubtedly the most popular dish from their original menu in Sri Lanka, this is a mix of Japanese, Sri Lankan and Mediterranean flavours, and is best had by hand. After this: the pepper crab, using pepper stock and whole peppercorns as the base and then the butter crab. Pick the size of your liking ranging from ½ kilo to the 2kg Crabzilla.
Price: Starts at ₹ 1,995 and goes upwards
Clay pot prawn curry
Here’s one with beauty and prawns. The claypot prawn curry is another favourite that’s travelled from the original Colombo restaurant to the new Mumbai outpost. This flavoursome curry is made of half a kilo of two varieties of prawn, and is spiced with all the right flavours to make your mouth water.
Price: ₹ 1,695
An item that wins with its simplicity is the kade bread, a Sri Lankan wood-fired bread that is simply divine to mop up any juicy excesses of a main dish—warm butter sauce, floating chilli oil or spiced prawn curry gravy—or delicious on its own. It comes as an accompaniment to a few dishes or can be ordered as a dish of its own.
Price: ₹ 295
It’s difficult to ask you to pick between the two small plates—each has its own supporting team rooting for it. But if we must, we suggest you to pick the clams. Made in a Japanese preparation style and serve with lots of butter, and of course, soy sauce—this makes for a finger-licking starter to whet your appetite.
Price: ₹ 695
The Kani Chahan is Japanese style crab fried rice which is meaty, flavoursome and downright delicious. If you feel the need for rice to really complete any meal, this is the one to go for. Pair with any of the curries for best results.
Price: ₹ 695
Note for vegetarians: As opposed to the Sri Lanka branch, the menu here has a section for non-meat-eaters as well, including dishes such as wok-tossed greens, Goan curry, a Kerala isshtu and Mangalorean gassi, and some vegetables sides. It is, however, a seafood restaurant first and you should make your visit keeping that in mind.
Where: 442, Chitrakar Dhurandar Marg, 14th Rd, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052
Reservations are highly recommended. Call+91 7710898811