Country themed ethnic food events have become a global trend. The growing taste bud of new generations has given rise to opening of international restaurants in India. Recently, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai Her Excellency Chamari Rodrigo became a perfect host to a soirée that allowed Consul General (CG) of other countries to relish Sri Lankan delicacies. The occasion was grand opening of India’s first Sri Lankan restaurant, Ministry of Crab. The restaurant recently opened its door at prominent suburb, Khar West. Top industrialists, government officials and select journalists were also part of the dinner diplomacy.
Sri Lankan Consul General: A perfect hostess
The dinner began with Sri Lankan CG’s welcome speech. Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai Chamari Rodrigo said “Sri Lanka is known for its delicious cuisine. I wanted to offer classic cuisines to all my fellow CG’s of other countries. As a CG, it’s a part of my job to showcase diversity of my country from all perspective like tourism, cuisine and trades etc. Ministry of Crab is one of the most renowned restaurants in Colombo with the longest reservation lists. The diner has to book a table a month in advance and have to place food order in advance too. Dining here, is a different kind of experience altogether”. It was a three-course sit-down dinner with red wine as accompaniment. The crabs differed in sizes and ranges from small crabs of 500 grams to 2KG ‘Crabzillas.’
Despite hectic schedule large numbers of Consul General from various countries attended the event. Consul General of Germany, New Zealand, China, South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia, Switzerland, Singapore, France, Poland, Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner, Hon. Consul General of Iceland and Hon. Consul of Czech Republic were in attendance. Their presence in large number proved that they didn’t want to miss out Sri Lankan delicacies.
Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai, His Excellency Tang Guocai said “A dinner invitation, once accepted, is a sacred obligation. Although I had a meeting in Pune on same day, but as I promised to Sri Lankan CG, I dropped the idea to go to Pune. I really wanted to be a part of such a wonderful dinner with my fellow CG’s from other countries, I am really happy to be a part of such a brilliant arrangement and meeting up with such a nice group over a dinner, which very rarely happens.”
South African Consul General in Mumbai, Her Excellency Maropene Ramokgopa said “It was a great occasion to join my fellow Consul General’s from different republics over a dinner. After hectic schedule of routine diplomatic work, it’s a wonderful time when you sit down around the table for dinner and converse life. Dinner is often a very celebratory environment, a very safe place, a time to reflect and let the day go and relish good food. It’s a very peaceful moment during the day. A great dinner can change your day around”.
All dignitaries enjoyed dinner and appreciated it.