Being the wife of a premium seafood trader, I always thought I have had enough of seafood - but I was wrong. I could always have a little bit more.
I didn't know there was a hidden gem in Bangsar serving authentic Sri Lankan crab recipes and other dishes until one day Billy came home from work and insisted we should schedule a dinner there. "I salivated at their menu" That was how he described, so when the day finally came, I was thrilled.
Established in March 2020, the restaurant may seem new to many, but enthusiastic food lovers have highly regarded The Lankan Crabs. If you're unfamiliar with Bangsar district, just navigate yourself to the bustling street of Jalan Kemuja, where you can also find other recommendable restaurants and cafés, such as Lisette's Café, Fierce Curry House and Southern Rock, to name a few.
The Lankan Crabs’ décor is basic but exudes a lively and casual character. We walked in on a weekday evening. Despite the restricted condition amidst pandemic time, quite a number of diners were already seated inside, waiting eagerly for their food to be served. Service was friendly and spot on - in fact one of the best restaurant service we've had in recent years.
Acclaimed as an authentic Sri Lankan Crab Recipe restaurant, The Lankan Crabs' specialty dishes feature live Indonesian mud crabs carefully sourced and stored for its best quality. The dishes were made perfect by Chef Wijaya from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Yes, another point of authenticity gained. The most ambivalent state for us was that every single item in the menu seemed so good and we just wanted to have a bit of everything, which was an unrealistic desire. I felt having only one stomach is unfortunate. ( › The Lankan Crabs' menu )
Negombo Crabs (RM170+ for 2 XXL size mud crab - each at 550-700g)
Description: Made with an easy aromatic curry base, this recipe hails from the West Coast of Sri Lanka.
This was definitely the star of our dinner that day. The curry base was light but extremely aromatic, with a medley of spices used. It was of the right richness to allow the natural sweetness of mud crabs to shine through - so delicate that we wouldn't hesitate to devour everything to the last drip. Our recommendation was to order XXL size crabs (YES! Please forget the M size). The meat was firm and every claw was with full meat. We just had to greedily dunk every piece of meat in the flavourful curry sauce. Together with the Negombo crabs, the waiter also served us a bowl of rice of which was tossed in the wok used to cook the Negombo crabs. No curry sauce should go wasted. It was a brilliant idea.
Mutton Bone Marrow Varuval (RM50)
As an absolute bone marrow aficionado, there simply isn't any way I would miss this. If you hesitated, read this:
"One study showed that the fat tissue in bone marrow contains a hormone called adiponectin. This hormone helps break down fats. It can maintain insulin sensitivity, and it has been linked to lower risk of diabetes, cardiovascular (heart) disease, and other obesity-associated cancers."
I didn't write the above study, but I could have called myself an advocator in savouring bone marrow. And The Lankan Crabs made this extraordinarily memorable. The mutton chunks were tender, with a heavenly mix of spices (drooling again), also notable, the generous use of shallots in the dish. That's not even the highlight of it, yet! The waiter carefully handed each of us a straw - we knew the moment of sheer delight had come. They knew the best way of relishing bone marrow, didn't they? It was the satisfaction of siphoning out the marrow through the straw which left us in a complete happiness.
Garlic Butter Chicken (RM28)
Description: Succulent chicken cooked in a rich, creamy base made of premium butter with loads of minced garlic and red onion slices.
While I prefer chicken thigh most of the time, I must, however, agree that the use of chicken breast in this dish was actually a better choice. The chicken was tender - that's usually my Rule No. 1 of eating chicken breast. Checked. On top of the creamy base of butter and minced garlic, I also liked the use of chilli slices and crushed black pepper - it cut through the creaminess, making this dish an extra comfort.
We also ordered Brinjal Moju (RM10) and Pol Roti (RM10 for 5 pieces), both were good accompaniments to our dinner. Ah, not forgetting the fluffy basmathi rice topped with fried curry leaves and fried shallots!
If you're in The Lankan Crabs one day, despite all the heavy goodness for dinner, be sure to leave an inch in your stomach for appams made by their resident appam maitresse, Aunty Lalli. You can watch her making appams behind a glass window, at the front house.
We walked out feeling this was a great meal after a long while. It's the kind of dinner I would agree compromising my diet plan for.
The Lankan Crabs @ Bangsar
📍 Address: 4, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Wilayah Persekutuan, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ Opening Hours: 10AM - 10PM, Daily
☎️ Phone: +60125794435
🚗 Parking: Parking can be a little challenging. We advise you to park at legal spots, even if it means some walking required.
The Lankan Crabs' menu is here
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As COVID-19 outbreak may change your dine-out habit, you can order from The Lankan Crabs and have them deliver to your doorstep. Order here.
Ambience: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Quality of Food: ⭐ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Price: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2