The soaring prices of pulses have not only had an impact of households but also on the menus of restaurants in Bhopal.
While some establishments have reduced the quantity of dal served in a thali, others are waiting to see whether the prices settle down in the next few days before increasing the prices of their dal dishes.
“We will be increasing rates of dal very soon in our restaurant by 25%. A new rate card would be published within 15 days,” said Jeetendra Sujwani, of the Bapu ki Kutia restaurant.
Sujwani said that the cost of dal in the restaurant was Rs 85 per plate at present, but the new rates would be Rs 105 per plate.
The quantity of dal served in small eateries of the city has also reduced. As the rates at these small restaurants are already low when compared to expensive restaurants, the price rise has badly affected them.
“We will increase price of dal by Rs 10 per plate in next few days. It is becoming tough for us to manage quality as well as quantity of dal,” said Bharat Ingole of Mayur Hotel.
Small eateries such as Sangam Bhojnalaya in MP Nagar Zone-1 have started serving dal to their customers in limited quantities.
However, despite customer claims that the quantity of dal being served to them has been gradually decreased, they have denied any compromise in quality or quantity.
Meanwhile, more expensive restaurants such as Jain’s Hotel Rajhans in MP Nagar in the city are considering the price rise a temporary affair. According to them, the rise in dal prices would not affect rates of their menu cards.
“We are meant for serving good food to our customers so we are not going to increase our rates at least for now. We believe high price of dals would not persist for long,” said Anup Shahi, manager, operations, Jain’s Hotel Rajhans.