Sri Lanka’s crab premier comes to Bangkok

tasty August 01, 2018 14:00

By The Nation

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Banyan Tree Bangkok partners with Thai Airways Sri Lanka in organising an exclusive, three-day set of dinners by guest Sri Lankan chef Dharshan at Vertigo Too from August 9 to 11.



One of the most famous personalities in Sri Lanka, the renowned celebrity chef, TV host and restaurateur is the founder of some of Sri Lanka’s most successful restaurants and has won both accolades and awards. In 1995 he launched, Nihonbashi, which offers fine Japanese cuisine that uniquely mingles local ingredients with Japanese culinary artistry. Then in 2011, he launched the popular Ministry of Crab, an eatery dedicated to Sri Lanka’s world famous lagoon crabs.

Both restaurants bear the distinction of being the only names from Sri Lanka to have appeared on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List each year since 2015. Ministry of Crab ranked 29th on the list’s 2017 edition, with Nihonbashi at number 49.

Bringing his singular cooking talents to the kitchens of the Vertigo Too - Banyan Tree’s 60th-floor lounge and restaurant – he will be offering a four-course seafood menu featuring a selection of his signature crab and prawn dishes. At Bt3,800-plus per person, the menu features the highlight Pepper Crab, a sharing dish which makes ample use of the piquant corns; a creamy Crab Liver Pate on toast starter; the risotto-like Baked Crab; and Garlic Chilli Prawn cooked in olive oil.

His signature approach to cooking has put Sri Lanka on the world culinary map along with his masterful use of Japanese cooking philosophy, earned him the 2017 Business Today Passionate Award, as well as the (Japanese) Minister’s Award for Overseas Promotion of Japanese Food in 2014 for his contributions to Japanese culture. He has recently cooked for the World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; The Shard, London and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

For reservations, call (02) 679 1200.

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