In a brief interview with The Ministers: Kumar Sangakkara, Chef Dharshan Munidasa and Mahela Jayawardene
Ministry of Crab Sri Lanka, one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has finally ventured into Bangkok. The new team put together for the location had been trained in Sri Lanka with a new in-house Executive Chef who will take on the challenges of sourcing the ingredients, executing the dishes and maintaining the international consistency and standard. On top of that, the three co-founders will oversee and regularly visit the restaurant to stabilise the operation.
The Ministers would like the Ministry of Crab Bangkok to be part of a new experience and landscape where customers can go on a seafood journey with an open mind. Ideas, understanding and knowledge have emerged and grown after they had spent some time learning about Bangkok’s vibrant food scene and food culture.
Ingredients are caught in the wild and imported from Sri Lanka due to the smaller sizes of local supplies. Both the mud crab and king prawn-centric menu and wine selection are in an evolving process: considering the local palate and planning more options for non-crustacean diners.
Going back to the roots, Chef Dharshan incorporates his Japanese techniques in many aspects of cooking. The dashi sauce makes Pepper Crab here stand out from the same dish elsewhere. The owners think that Sri Lankan and Thai cuisine share some similarities such as coconut-based recipes with use of fresh herbs and spices, but the food at Ministry of Crab is said to be bold: not trying to be unique but lifting some familiar flavours and twisting some traditional tastes.
Apart from the large crabs and Crabzilla (check availability), Ministry of Crab is ‘the first’ to serve Crab Liver Pâté with Kitul Treacle (organic palm sugar syrup) and melba toast which resembles a platter of foie gras with jam.
The Ministers explained that their business supports sustainable programmes, promotes policies and raises awareness of food waste elimination and circulation. They are also working with local crab fishermen towards sustainability as much as they emphasise on quality.
Ministry of Crab Bangkok
Sam-ed Building, Sukhumvit Soi 31
Open: Tue-Sun 6pm-11:30pm (will open for lunch in early 2020)
Tel: 098 598 6554