Ministry of Crab

The Ministry of Crab, a Sri Lankan restaurant institution, led by Chef Dharshan Munidasa(#25 Asia’s 50 Best 2018), cricket legends; Mahela Jayawardene; Kumar Sangakkara. Recently opened from 1st of December for dinner, My foodie instinct told me to book the table and went for this famous Sri Lanka originated restaurant.

Arriving around appointment time around 18:00 on 5th day of grand opening. Guest are arriving fast. Vibrant decoration on 1st floor. I was seated on 1st floor and did not take any peek at 2nd. Maybe next time then.

The menu range from famous Chili, pepper, curry, Garlic Chili or even butter crab. Size and availability of crab and shrimp are displayed by glowing crab shell on the decoration. Their constitution showing crab size start from 500 g to prevent under grown sized crab from being served.

Before starting the meal, waiter/waitress ask for a permission to provide you with a lap apron with apron. Apron are for one time used and you could bring it back home as a souvenir. Just don’t forget to wash it first if there are any spot from eating those yummy crab.

Crab liver pate (20 g) served with Melba toast and syrup

First of all, love that tiny beaker. Probably the smallest on I have ever encountered. Second of all, forget all extremely strong crab liver odor. I am not a big fan of crab liver sushi however, this one is just insanely good with a not too sweet syrup. A perfect appetizer indeed.

As my table consist of only 2 persons, we went for a medium (up to 800g) curry crabs served in a pot. I had observed that there are variety of crab that were served on plate too depends on your order. Crab quality are absolute fresh with insane amount of natural sweetness. Curry style remains different from what Chinese style curry crab with lots of egg and sweetness from seasoning. This curry crab are more packs a punch curry style with a dip of juicy Garlic bread to crack up enjoyable moment. I think the price are reasonable for the freshness of crab on the menu.

Chicken curry rice served with Pol Sambol, fried egg and Kade bread.

This soft and cooked to perfection chicken curry are spicy even matching Thai’s standard so that is a good sign with a punch of curry. Combining with Pol Sambol, Fried egg and Kade bread to ease spiciness. Pol Sambol is also refreshing light texture.

Complimentary Coconut Crème Brûlée

As the only dessert on the menu which they are planning to expand further in the future, aromatic coconut Crème Brûlée is a good way to complete this wonderful meal. The texture are enjoyable at first however, a little bit too creamy about half a way. I had also comment regarding this point to the waitress.

In conclusion, the restaurant service are smooth as for first week of opening as the staff are attentive and knowledgeable for their menu . It is also interesting to have a little chat with Jay (General Manager) and to see our wish list from Sri Lanka arrive before we even visit their original branch. I would say the place is well worth the experience.

EAT MEATS FEST 2

Eat Meats fest is back in Bangkok for 3 days. You can trace back to my dairy in previous year. The event still retain their 3 days period as last year which I feels like it makes the event special apart from 7+ days event.

There have been developments from last year. Firstly, there is a event of live cooking and lottery picking for 15 winners for a limited exclusive menu made by well-known chefs. Fortunately, I did won the lottery and got a chance to share this special experience first handed to all of you.

【 Nikuyama x Mahasarn 】 Exclusive Menu Shewha Wagyu Don

Nikuyama as Beef Omakase provided A3 Wagyu with moderate fatness combine with Mahasarn Gyu tan and fish sauce pickled egg as Thai-Japanese combination menu.

The visual of menu might looks at normal at first. However, as you start breaking egg yolk and combine with rice, beef and Gyu tan, The texture of egg are precisely delicious prepared combining with soft & tender Wagyu and Gyu tan. This is the kind of enjoyable fulfilling meal till last bite. Honestly, I would grab my chance next time I had a chance to eat this again for sure haha.

YAKINIKU KIRABI [300 THB] – Sirloin Wagyu Sushi with Ikura, Tobiko, Wasabi and Yamaowasabi.

Every aspect of Beef texture are prepped as you ordered so the temperature are perfect. Topping up with fresh Ikura and spiciness from Wasabi and Yamaowasabi are just elevate it to the higher level.

RANICHI Jo Tan [100 THB] – This menu does not even appear in the website. But, I seriously love that they asked you how large you want a piece of you Gyu Tan to be prepared. Turns out that the large size is so soft and enjoyable.

Hokkaido Curry [200 THB] – Roast beef curry – Delicious curry rice with beautiful marble roast beef texture.

SHOUTAIAN melt in your mouth Hamburg [260 THB] – Aroma of the hamburg are just insane. This one is actually melt in your mouth supported by sourness from the sauce. The hamburg just disappear in an instant.

Masturi Takoyaki [100 THB] – More on the creamy Takoyaki type opposite to crunchy side like Gindaco. Generous Tako fillings.

Hakodate softcream [50 THB] Milk and Matcha softcream – Good taste but melted too soon under Bangkok weather.

Shabu-Q

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Craving for Shabu Shabu with side dishes of Tempura and Sashimi? Newest Shabu place in Thong Lor might have a answer to your wishes. But first, I have to work on my appetite under a beautiful sunny day in Bangkok.

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The place is located in Thong Lor 9 & 11 and used to be Kushikatsu Daruma(Kushikatsu brand from Osaka).

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I went for a buffet menu with variety of Shabu options including Tempura, Sashimi and choices of drinks.

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Vegetables and pork quality are higher than average comparing to other buffet competitors. I noticed limited options seems like a good decision for controlling quality of products. In this round, quality prevails.

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Salmon Sashimi are fresh and enjoyable.

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Made to order Tempura. This is the first time I tried Tomato Tempura (yeah, Tomato and you’re not hallucinating) Surprisingly, crispy batter with exploding Tomato juice are refreshing and so appetizing.  Shrimp, fish, mushroom and bell peppers are also a decent Tempura.

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Curry, Matcha and Wasabi salt for Tempura.

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Ended this lovely meal with Chocolate ice cream. I have to comment that the staffs are amazingly attentive with a combination of enthusiastic of Japanese restaurant and service of top tier restaurant. Would love to visit the place again 🙂