The cheapest food I have had was at Buhari, an eatery inside the NIT Trichy campus. It caters to the students and the food is heavily subsidised. The costliest meal was a treat from my daughter, on our 25th wedding anniversary. She had flown down from Hyderabad and treated us to a lavish lunch, in a plush restaurant, in a seven-star hotel. This was the first time I had stepped into a seven-star property.
I want to rebut the point made by Dr Rao, about the cost of food in star hotels - "…expenditure they are incurring for establishment than the cost of food…"
The food in star hotels is costlier because of -
• The personalised service that is on offer
• The cost includes the ambience and the décor
• The ingredients used are superior
• Chefs are highly trained, as is the rest of the staff
• Unlike restaurants where the food is cheap, in a star hotel, a single table is occupied for the entire evening
• There is excellent air conditioning and music (piped/live)
• Hygiene is maintained
• Most food is made to order, not readily available
• The linen is clean as is the crockery and cutlery
Tea that Mohan mentioned would have been a high-end variety, not easily available in the market.
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