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£5 - £130
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Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan
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Reviewed 7 April 2024

Conditions hazardous to health!!!! Chocking 5 Five big COCKROACH's by the sink connected to the restaurant. I was told to go there in order to wash my hands after eating. Later that night my friend got very very sick .We were both suffering from food...poisoning, without no doubt caused by this restaurant!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 May 2022

What an experience. The staff are exceptional and super helpful. Very special thanks to SANJAYA who accommodated my special requests and the young man who's name i sadly forgot, who served me. They even kept the restaurant open a bit later than closing time after...lunch for me. YOU ARE MY FAVORITE CRAB JOINT IN COLOMBO.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 17 March 2022

We came here pre covid and the restaurant was amazing. the crab was some of the best I have had, my only issue was they seemed to always remove one of the claws. We came to another restaurant a week after visiting and had to...leave and come back here for a second time.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 18 February 2022

Don't ever try this restaurant. I booked afer long time. Terrible food and lost there signature dish of crab.. Trust me. Completely waste

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 7 May 2021 via mobile

I visited with friends who enjoyed their meals. I have been before and, although I find the food a little expensive for the quality and portion size, have never been disappointed like I was tonight. I asked for a local gin and tonic. (The waiter...was later to state that he didn’t hear me say ‘local’ - in which case why didn’t he ask me what type of gin I wanted or bring me the drinks menu?) I was given a glass with unknown gin in it and a bottle of local tonic water, drank my G&T and when the waiter asked if I wanted another I requested one more gin. He again brought the gin already poured in a glass. When our bill arrived it included two Hendricks gins at Rs1200 each! I queried this and was told that was the only gin they had and that he hadn’t heard my request for local gin. This is totally dishonest as, if this was the case, he should have made this clear when I ordered. The waiter laughed while he apologized and brought me another shot of Hendricks (this time with the bottle so I did see him pour it) but what use was that by way of apology when I’d already finished my tonic water and was ready to leave?More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 23 August 2020

We ate dinner there on 16th March 2020, my birthday celebration, prior to the covid-19 curfew. The Lagoon crabs were full of meat and the taste was sublime. We had both versions... 1/ accompanied by "toast paan" and 2/ accompanied by rice. I preferred the...curry served with rice, as this was like in the old days when I lived in Lanka, "Ceylon". The service received from the lady in charge, was excellent..! Prices were very reasonable, much cheaper than the other place.. the one in Fort.. My lady, who lives in Thailand, wants to return to Lanka, just to eat the Murunga Crab curry @ The Fat Crab...! HIGHLY Recommended...! We WILL Return..!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 13 February 2020

If you have to choose between this place and Ministry of Crab, I will certainly recommend the later one. I tried crab here first and found the crab really nice but when I tried in the other place I found their crab is much more...fresh and tasty. The crab preparation is nice and we ordered for Jafna style crab curry, the bread is really great. The place is closer to sea and relaxing. Only sad part they don't allow to seat in the front if you are eating, that place is reserved for drinkers.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 4 February 2020 via mobile

Very welcoming staff! The crab are definitely a must try but not the easiest to eat. Oysters are not what we are used to in Europe but interesting to try!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 4 February 2020

We were recommended the fat crab by our hotel. We were given direction which was easy to find The staff were friendly and there was a good selection of dishes on the menu. I was slightly concerned by the spice level of some dishes but...the staff told the kitchen to tone down which was very helpful My husband chose the seafood chowder and the fish platter. I went for the crab cakes which were fresh and delicious and the prawn stir fry which was very tasty but still a bit spicy for my palate It's the one place found so far that served alcohol with the mealMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 2 February 2020 via mobile

The fat crab is situated not far from the shoreline at the corner of Marine drive and Haigh road. The building itself looks pretty modest, but dont let it fool you. Marine road is busy road with zillions of tuk-tuk-drivers stationing for tourists. I would...recommend to use Galle road rather than Marine drive. Marine drive, especially during night time, is not very pleasant place. The restaurant is in second floor with nice scenery opening towards sunset - go there 30mins before the sunset to see it. Surfaces and furnitures are in good condition and restaurant itself is very clean. During our visit, all customers were foreigners. We got our menus quickly and placed drink orders. They even have cider - as a delight for my wife. It took around 50 minutes before our orders were delivered - small humoristical detail was our dishes were delivered to wrong table at first, but it was quickly corrected :-) We had two kind of seafood platter. Crab, prawn, and mant other sorts. The food itself was pretty good, but there was not enough to eat. The restaurant is not from the cheap end (in foodcourt you eat ~ 5€/person) and our dishes costed ~ 23€/person. Dishes were clearly aimed for tourists. Service was friendly with lot of smiles.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 25 January 2020

Food is great and staffs are nice (though things can be slow and we had to wait for 15 minutes just to pay), but unfortunately they have a smoking space next to where people eat. Wind was in our favor so we didn't have to...smell anything, but it would be disgusting to smell cigarettes while enjoying good food.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 23 January 2020

The Crabs are super Tasty, But I believe it is over Priced. Without going to MOC, we come here to have fair deal. If they can drop the price, it can be a superb place for everything. Always pre book your table, before you go.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 17 January 2020

Went for dinner here looking for a Sri Lankan crab curry. It was a lovely calm place with friendly attentive service. We picked our own crab to be done as Sri Lankan curry and it came quickly and was really tasty - we were not...disapointed - the rice and dal portions were not massive but they topped them up with no charge when we requested more. A great crab curry!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 8 January 2020

Helpful staff Excellent menu and a very fresh lagoon crabs We had the murunga and the pepper crab preparation which was great A friendly place with reasonably priced menu

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 8 January 2020

First up - please remember to call and make a reservation prior to your visit! They're doing a great job so the place is full most of the time especially weekends. I'm a crab person, so getting my hands dirty on these creatures are the...best way enjoy them :) I'm glad that there are multiple choices of dish style for the crabs - Sri Lanka curry, Black Pepper, Garlic Butter etc. Don't fret on which side dishes to pair them with, you can even it these lovely crabs by themselves :) Very much recommended for affordable & great in value crabs. Will surely return here again.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Naoki K
31 December 2017|
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Response from zahran z | Property representative |
Yes they do and you can bring your own as well. You have to pay corkage.
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missak887
28 October 2016|
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Response from FiyazIsmath | Reviewed this property |
Not sure of what you r referring i.e blue swimming flower crabs but the srilankan lagoon crabs are the same as the mud crabs. Check out the "ministry of crab" in colombo too
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missak887
28 October 2016|
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Response from howard0928 | Reviewed this property |
They have two crabs in SL mud and sea I believe
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The Fat Crab is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5