Sri Lanka’s lauded Ministry of Crab to pop up in Dubai

Sri Lanka’s lauded Ministry of Crab to pop up in Dubai

The activation is a clever marketing collaboration between the restaurant Anantara and Flydubai 

The Ministry of Crab has announced that it will open a pop-up in partnership with Flydubai next month. The activation will be hosted at Anantara The Palm Dubai from 3 to 7 November 2021.

With Sri Lankan fine dining being underrepresented in the region, this is good news for Dubai’s culinary community. It’s also a coup for Anantara The Palm, which hopes to attract staycationers drawn by the pull of the restaurant’s reputation.

Ministry of Crab in Colombo came in at number 29 on this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list and is the only Sri Lankan restaurant in the top 50

Meanwhile, Flydubai gets to remind diners in Dubai that it operates a service to the Sri Lankan capital Columbo, where they can visit the flagship restaurant.

At Anantara The Palm, the five-course menu created by chef Dharshan Munidasathat will feature dishes including crab liver pâté, baked crab and Sri Lankan speciality, pepper crab. The menu also features garlic chilli prawn, another fusion Sri Lankan dish that the restaurant is famous for, while the signature dessert is a coconut crème brûlée.


Speaking about his upcoming Dubai residency, Munidasathat said: “I’m 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.” 

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort general manager James Hewitson added: “Many of our guests are familiar with Ministry of Crab and it’s an honour to host Chef Dharshan and his team for what’s sure to be an unforgettable gourmet event in Dubai.”

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