Sunday, February 4, 2018

Where to find the best crabs in Sri Lanka. And about 2 delicious meals at the Ministry of Crab in Colombo and in Galle.

In Sri Lanka, I enjoyed the good fortune of having two delicious crab meals, including one just by accident. The casually chic Ministry of Crab restaurant in Colombo is famous for its crabs, especially as it’s been recommended by  international food guides and was picked as one of the top 50 restaurants in Asia for several years running.

Crabs in Colombo, Sri Lanka


One Sunday night, my friends and I had dinner at the Ministry of Crab in Colombo, living a #Travelife, and I’d been on the cautious side, ordering only a small crab for myself just to make sure my cholesterol levels didn’t shoot up. The crab was tasty as expected, but I had other things on my mind; so I’d eaten this with little appreciation of the delicious crab on my plate. 

Crabs in The Ministry of Crab
in Colombo, Sri Lanka

It was only afterwards that I realized my folly of having eaten so little crab; and then I so regretted ordering just a small crab because it was really so good. I should have made full use of the opportunity, I reprimanded myself, especially since I didn’t know when I would visit Colombo again

So I said to myself: “I really wish I could eat at the Ministry of Crab one more time.” We were at the tail-end of a wonderful trip to Sri Lanka and this was my one last wish for this Travelife to Sri Lanka.


The UNESCO World Heritage town of Galle

And then I simply left things to Fate because the odds of success were so low. We left Colombo the next morning for the UNESCO World Heritage town of Galle, and we were proceeding to the airport directly from there. 

Our schedule in Sri Lanka was already packed with lunches and dinners elsewhere until the evening we were flying out – save for one lunch which we’d somewhat planned but not quite confirmed for the last day. What do you know? The stars aligned for me in a most surprising way. 

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Galle in Sri Lanka

There we were, walking along a picturesque alley lined with whitewashed shops in the lovely fortress town of Galle on the second to the last day of our trip, when one of the restaurants in a row of many caught my eye. I stopped to inspect the menu displayed on a signboard outside – and this just happened to offer crabs.

Crabs in Colombo, Sri Lanka


Yes, out of all the dozens and dozens of good restaurants in Galle, we had to pass by this particular crab restaurant and I’d glanced this way; and in under a minute I’d been inspired to recommend it.

Crabs in Colombo, Sri Lanka

“This looks interesting,” I said to my friends. “Why don’t we have lunch here tomorrow?” Fortunately, everyone quickly agreed with me so we shelved our original tentative plan and booked a table at this new restaurant in Galle that none of us had ever heard of, for our last day.


Crabs in Sri Lanka

What luck. This very new restaurant in Galle turned out to be an outpost of the Ministry of Crab and it had the exact same crabs on offer as in its famous sister restaurant in Colombo — and without the reservation difficulties as well. 

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Galle

What are the odds of randomly picking an unknown restaurant in a strange town, and finding the only thing you truly want to eat again in that entire country on the menu? Either this was a case of wishful thinking turning into reality just like magic, or I had a hotline to the angels in heaven. I still don’t know the answer, but this is how I got my wish on my #Travelife to Sri Lanka. And this is how I get all my other wishes as well.

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