Eating your way through all the brilliant restaurants in Abu Dhabi is a task that requires real dedication (and acceptance that you’ll need to spend a lot of time in the gym, unless you’re OK with going up a waist size).
There are just so may sensational places to visit and delicious dishes to try.
But when we heard that Sri Lankan eatery Ministry of Crab is coming to the capital from April 25 to 27, we immediately decided that every other restaurant would have to take a back seat for one weekend.
We’ve got many solid reasons for being exceptionally excited about this three-day pop-up event at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Named as one of the top 50 restaurants in Asia, the Colombo venue (there’s also a second branch in Galle) is known for pushing boundaries and producing unforgettable shellfish dishes. For instance, the pepper crab dish (pictured) isn’t exactly discreet is it?
It’s certainly more dramatic than your average dish. In fact, average if the last world we’d use to describe any of the four specialities that will be on offer during the brief visit.
You can start things off on a delicate note with the crab liver pâté, before diving in to the very visually alluring baked crab, a risotto-like recipe served in a dish shaped like a crab’s head (yes, really).
Or, if you fancy sampling a different but equally as tasty variety of shellfish, you can always try the colossal garlic chilli prawn cooked in olive oil and soy sauce.
Then, of course, there’s the iconic pepper crab. Featuring the two staple Sri Lankan ingredients of fresh crab and locally produced peppercorns, it’s total perfection.
Chef Dharshan Munidasa, who is the brains behind these magnificent dishes, says: “We receive many travellers from the UAE at the restaurant in Colombo and we are delighted to plate up our unique preparations to them in their home country.”
We’re thrilled to have them here too.
WHAT IS IT...
A pop-up restaurant from famed Sri Lankan shellfish specialist Ministry of Crab
The showstopping pepper crab
Prices vary. Apr 25-27. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8888).