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Best 5 seafood restaurants in Colombo – Gorge on mouth-watering seafood dishes

Sri Lanka is surrounded by the bountiful Indian Ocean – the guarantee of a constant supply of seafood. So, if you are in Colombo on your next vacation, try out the delights of these restaurants.


Ministry of Crab

Featured among Asia's top 50 restaurants, Ministry of Crab dazzles its visitors with a wide array of seafood dishes with the main ingredient being crab. The highlights of the menu are chilli crab and another type of crab curry soaked in spices, namely crabzilla. The location also measures up to the delectableness of its dishes; the restaurant is housed in Dutch hospital which takes pride in its long history – dating back as far as 400 years – and charming architecture. With wooden accents and its mouth-watering fare as its flourish, Ministry of Crab is dedicated to amplifying your dining experience.


Seafood Cove

If you find your way to Mount Lavinia beach, you'll be amazed at the stream of seafood restaurants in Colombo. Though each restaurant is up to the mark, Seafood Cove at Mount Lavinia Hotel competes to be a tad better. With the option of sitting on the sandy beach available to its visitors, the restaurant charms you with an alfresco dining experience – nothing can beat sipping a sumptuous cocktail by the soft flame of a lantern while enjoying the mild sea breeze. You can choose from a spectrum that contains jumbo prawns, cuttlefish, squid and lobster. Also, the delectableness of the dishes is made better by the live band playing music.


The Manhattan Fish Market

A fan of fish and chips? Your caprice is very well welcome at the Manhattan Fish Market. All the dishes are made with the freshest ingredients flavoured with copious amounts of various spices. The restaurant mimics the style of Fulton Fish Market with the minimalistic homely interior. In addition to seafood dishes, you can also enjoy many other international dishes and desserts – the highlight being Manhattan mud pies.


The Lagoon

The restaurant brings a welcome change to the Colombo food scene with some charming novelty. It's an open market restaurant where you are allowed to choose anything you want and have it prepared in any manner you like. With chefs well-versed in their craft, you are bound to register the delights of the dishes you'll be savouring. The air of a beehive and the cosy setting of the place will definitely regale you with a dining experience you are not likely to forget.


Curry Leaf

The quintessential authenticity of Sri Lankan cuisine seems to be claimed by this refined seafood restaurant. With freshly grilled fish high in demand, visitors also enjoy several authentic local dishes including kottu rotti, hoppers and pittu. The highlight of the day is the seafood buffet prepared in full view by well-trained chefs. The rustic setting of the place adds up to the typical Sri Lankan dining experience with aroma of spices filling up the air. If you've got a fancy to sample Sri Lanka dishes in a romantic setting, Curry Leaf has got the perfect bargain for you.