New eats: Ministry of Crab, one of Asia’s top restaurants, makes waves in Manila


Ministry of Crab Manila stays true to the tenets of its Sri Lankan home branch.

MANILA — Ministry of Crab Manila at Shangri-La at the Fort has been making waves in the local culinary scene since its opening earlier this year.

To date, the restaurant continues to win diners, thanks not only to its culinary pedigree (its home branch in Sri Lanka ranks No. 25 on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants), but also because it seemingly fills a seafood culinary void in the manila food scene, especially in Bonifacio Global City.

While being the only Ministry of Crab restaurant affiliated with a hotel, the Manila branch stays true to the Ministry of Crab’s tenets.

Sam Gallardo, director of communications for Shangri-La at the Fort, said going local and sustainable were two things that chef Dharsan Munidasa always considered non-negotiable when opening a new Ministry of Crab in any country.


Ministry of Crab’s chef de Partie Shane Sammandapperuma

Other tenets in its “constitution” includes a promise of only serving fresh and export quality seafood, its abhorrence to freezing seafood of any kind, as well as a reminder to the diner on the richness of marine diversity Philippines, to name a few.

The restaurant claims to never to take shortcuts in its produce, emphasizing the beauty of its ingredients. With interiors that evoke a modern plantation feel, with high ceilings, dark wood furnishings, and muted lighting, dining in the Ministry feels at once urbane and primal, especially when you start eating your seafood with your hands.

Curious? Treat yourself to any of these mouthwatering dishes at the Ministry of Crab.

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