Delhi Eatery’s Food Bill From 1985 Surprises The Internet
Image Credit: Image: Facebook - Lazeez Restaurant & Hotel

At a time when the value of currency is constantly changing, it’s hard to imagine that there were days when you could also buy things for barely ₹1. A bar of chocolate, a plate of Chole Bhature or Chaat would cost no more than ₹5. In fact, during the 1980s and 1990s, cafés and restaurants used to sell Dal Makhani, Butter Chicken, Naan and more at a price that is unimaginable now. So, when the picture of a restaurant bill from 1985 emerged on social media, it went viral. A popular eatery in New Delhi recently took to social media to share a bill dated December 20, 1985, and netizens were surprised at the unbelievably low price of the dishes. 

It was a bill from Lazeez Restaurant and Hotel, located in Lajpat Nagar, where the total amount summed up to ₹26.30. The restaurant took to Facebook to share the bill that shows the items ordered were Shahi Paneer, Dal Makhni, Raita and a few Chapatis. A wholesome meal for just about ₹26 is a dream today, when the minimum price of one dish itself is more than ₹100, no matter how small the restaurant is. What amused us the most was the price of each dish - Shahi Paneer cost ₹8, while Dal Makhani and Raita were priced at ₹5 each and Chapatis were ₹6. Take a look at the post. 

In no time, the bill took social media by storm. While some users were shocked by the total amount, some got nostalgic seeing the bill. "Nowadays, we can get only one roti for the total price", wrote one, while another person commented, "Aaha! Woh din bhi kya din the (Those were the 'golden' days)". A third person wrote, "Kaun se jamane ka bill hai (of which era is the bill?)". 

Another person wrote, "Wow... shahi paneer is only for ₹8". A comment read, "Sambhal ke rakhna, iski bahut value hogi (keep it safe; it is of great value)", while another user wrote, “This is what is called old is gold” while another user also wrote about how salaries too were about ₹900 for government employees in those days.”