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Dharshan leads Nihonbashi and Ministry of Crab to the top

Nihonbashi and Ministry of Crab re-established their unique position as the only restaurants from Sri Lanka to be featured on the prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List, sponsored by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

Dharshan Munidasa’s flagship restaurant Nihonbashi climbed up 4 places to be ranked at #45 in this year’s list at the awards ceremony held in Macau on the 27th of March 2018, making this its sixth consecutive year on the list. Ministry of Crab, co-owned with MahelaJayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara gave Dharshan his second placement on the list at #25. He also has the unique distinction of being the only Chef with two restaurants on the list.

Now in its sixth year, The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List is organized by William Reed Business Media, and created by the Diners Club Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which consists of an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia (Chefs & Restaurateurs, Food writers and Well – travelled gourmets), each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s restaurant scene. The results are a simple computation of votes.

Countries included in the voting in Asia are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam

Alongside the main countdown, a number of individual award categories are recognized, including individual country awards for which Ministry of Crab received The S. Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Sri Lankafor the 3rd consecutive year.

Of his multiple rankings, Chef and Founder Dharshan states, “Being ranked among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants yet again is a great honour for us as it is a very competitive and demanding list for a region with such diverse culinary heritage. I am extremely proud of the teams at both Nihonbashi and Ministry of Crab who contribute towards creating unique dishes that place Sri Lanka’s culinary scene on the world map.”

Nihonbashi is a Japanese restaurant dedicated to serving inspired fine Japanese cuisine in the heart of Colombo, offering a variety of dining options from small plates to 10 course dinner set menus. Not only does Nihonbashi provide authentic Japanese classics, but also pushes the envelope to create new and exciting dishes and combinations of flavours. The restaurant has seven private dining rooms that are perfect for business dinners, couples and families with children.

Ministry of Crab is Sri Lanka’s first restaurant dedicated to serving export quality lagoon crabs is the brainchild of celebrated chef and restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, who partnered with Sri Lankan Cricketing Legends Mahela Jayawardane and Kumar Sangakkara.

Sourced and served in Sri Lanka, there is no way these crabs could be served to you as fresh anywhere else in the world. In fact, the restaurant employs a daring no freezers policy, sourcing all its produce locally with daily deliveries, as the co-owners believe that freezing both detracts from the taste and renders redundant the use of fresh produce.

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