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Calling all seafood enthusiasts!

The world-famous Ministry of Crab will soon host a pop-up in Dubai.

For die-hard foodies the world over, the name Ministry of Crab needs absolutely no introduction. For others, here’s a brief one: the eatery originated in Colombo, Sri Lanka and is best known for – you guessed it – crab. But that doesn’t mean its menu is monotonous. In fact, chef-restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa is celebrated for masterfully blending Sri Lankan and Japanese flavours, adding a contemporary twist to traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and even starring in a TV series that aims to educate people on all things seafood. He’s the reason that Ministry of Crab was awarded a top spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2019.

Now, Chef Munidasa and his team are gearing up to bring a Ministry of Crab pop-up to Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort from 3 to 7 November, showcasing a slice of the Colombo outpost to Dubai diners every evening. “I am delighted to bring this pop-up to Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort and share the rich Sri Lankan seafood and ingredients we have on offer at Ministry of Crab with the diners of Dubai,” he says. With prices starting from AED 425 per person, this five-course crustacean celebration will see the succulent Sri Lankan crab, which is famed for its size and creamy meat, prepared in a variety of ways and served poolside. 

As for what’s on the menu? Crab liver pâté to share, baked crab (which is similar in texture to risotto) and pepper crab (a true Sri Lankan specialty). You can also expect to dine on garlic chilli prawn, another fusion Sri Lankan dish that wins rave reviews across the board. And would a Sri Lankan feast even be complete without dessert rooted in coconut? Hint: no. We’re told that a tropical spin on a classic will round off this gourmet event, but we’ll let you see for yourself.

GO: E-mail restaurants.dubai@anantara.com or call 04 567 8304 for reservations and more information.

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Samia Qaiyum
A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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