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The two Sri Lankan cricketers -Mahela Jayawardane and Kumar Sangakkara-are toying with the idea of bringing their popular seafood restaurant, Ministry of Crab, to India, Jayawardene has said.

 "Kumar and I have been looking forward to it and, maybe, we will bring it here (New Delhi) one day as opportunities are there," he told ET over the phone. Jayawardene is in New Delhi, captaining the city team Delhi Daredevils in the two-month long Indian Premier League.

The cricketers opened Ministry of Crab last year in partnership with renowned Sri Lankan chef Darshan Munidasa who runs a chain of Japanese restaurants, 'Nihonbashi', in Colombo.

Jayawardene, however, said Ministry of Crab, which only uses export-grade lagoon crabs and has proved a hit in Colombo, needs to consolidate its operations before foraying into India. If it clicks in India, then the two Sri Lankan cricketers would be outdoing their Indian counterparts Tendulkar and Sehwag who both have seen their culinary venture bomb.

A restaurant chain called Tendulkar's, co-promoted by India's greatest cricket icon, has been closed after poor response. "We closed it in 2009 as it wasn't doing well," says Ravi Deol, chairman of hospitality fund India Hospitality Corp that acquired Tendulkar's original partner Mar Hotels and Restaurants. (Economic Times)
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  • shihan Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:22 PM

    Yeah. Dont worry about the crabs in the well here who bad mouth India.

    Nodrog Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:41 PM

    Good idea...they can get Indian fishermen to poach crabs in SL waters.

    Viraj V Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:43 PM

    Mahela don't start business in New Dehli. It could be a fail as your captaincy and Dehli cricket team.

    bmrhassan Monday, 15 April 2013 04:44 AM

    All the very best for the bests......!

    Sim Monday, 15 April 2013 08:32 AM

    How about one in China?

    Bushel Perera Monday, 15 April 2013 04:59 AM

    Mahela,
    Aththanang upamang kathwa..
    Na hanyene ghathaye....

    kay parker Sunday, 14 April 2013 03:35 PM

    Hope BBS won't attack you at the airport for this

    Abdul Monday, 15 April 2013 06:20 AM

    vaiko and his gang might protest in front of the new sri lankan restaurant.

    Liqa Madique Sunday, 14 April 2013 08:16 PM

    Make sure you stay out of chennai, Unless you want the crab turned into koththu . Good Luck with the effort otherwise.

    Muthu Sunday, 14 April 2013 10:52 PM

    Sanga ,Mahela the name is a smart one. In SL all ministers walk like crabs while they expect people to walk straight.

    sam Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:01 PM

    Adata gelapena niyama comment eka

    tony Monday, 15 April 2013 06:39 AM

    Now now now. Where are u? Halal issue was buried month ago

    Thala Monday, 15 April 2013 12:42 AM

    We are watching u , BBS!.......

    Shakeel Monday, 15 April 2013 12:54 AM

    That is a great idea as more local companies foray into neighbouring countries. Does seafood goes well with the Indian palate.

    MayIwin Silva Monday, 15 April 2013 01:13 AM

    Are you going to make it a Halal Restaurant?

    raviraj Monday, 15 April 2013 06:55 AM

    nicky try that home first-pots calling kettles black

    Abdul Monday, 15 April 2013 01:14 AM

    Buddhist can do this ?

    raviraj Monday, 15 April 2013 06:59 AM

    Mahela-Snga- two great srilankans loved by Indians and right thinking people, ignore all these racists buddhist comments and go ahead with your venture, it will be a great success

    Oswin Peiris Monday, 15 April 2013 01:16 AM

    Way to go. All good wishes.

    mnsmart Monday, 15 April 2013 01:18 AM

    There are plenty of groups to supply Biththara...

    Pol Pot Monday, 15 April 2013 01:25 AM

    One Ministry that will be successful! Kerala would be a good place to start in India

    nicky karunarathnara Monday, 15 April 2013 01:40 AM

    Good luck guys. But Indian fools need some brain food. Whatever the food you sell to them - if you can cure their caste mentality, racism and their hypocrisy, that would be ideal.

    Amila. G Monday, 15 April 2013 02:38 AM

    Super idea. All the Tamil Nadu student union members will patronise your crab thing . Ha.....ha.....ha.....

    Ando Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:47 PM

    And coincidently MR is also thinking about creating a new ministry with the same name!

    surasena Monday, 15 April 2013 02:41 AM

    Yes that all about "CRABS"; what they do is crawls sideways while advising young to be straight.

    Amila. G Monday, 15 April 2013 02:51 AM

    I think after the IPL , people of India will want to eat your claws not crab.

    Wasantha Ramanayake Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:58 PM

    Wow..What a dream.We all wish your dream come true because it will make us all proud when we are in India. Mahela,Sanga go ahead and do it.

    Matalan Monday, 15 April 2013 03:13 AM

    If its export grade lagoon crabs, its OK as they are insensitive to boiling water. Theruwan Saranai!

    AIA Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:30 PM

    Ya the ideal Indian partner will be jayalalitha.

    S Kumarihami Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:56 PM

    Restaurant Manager MR ta denna. Ara Kakuluwa uge patawunta kiyana kathawa hatiyatama galapenawa minihata.
    But you will to close down the restaurant in no time since he doesnt know what management is.

    Rajiv Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:05 PM

    Wish you guys All the best, Best of Luck.


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