"2 eggs for Rs. 1,700 at the Four Seasons Mumbai."
A Mumbai hotel billed one guest Rs. 1,700 (£20) for two boiled eggs. This is the second case of overpriced food within hotels in India.
After Chandigarh’s JW Marriott Hotel charged actor Rahul Bose Rs. 442 (£5.20) for two bananas, it seems that they are not the only hotel which is guilty of overpriced food.
Two boiled eggs at Mumbai’s Four Seasons Hotel cost one person Rs. 1,700.
Twitter user Kartik Dhar ordered a few items including omelettes and soft drinks.
He also ordered two boiled eggs which came to Rs. 1,700. The two omelettes also came to the same price.
Kartik took to social media and shared a photo of the receipt. He wrote:
“2 eggs for Rs. 1,700 at the Four Seasons Mumbai.”
— Kartik Dhar (@KartikDhar) August 10, 2019
He then tagged Rahul Bose who experienced the same problem and added:
“Bhai Aandolan karein (Shall we protest)?.”
Kartik also shared how much one boiled egg costs at his workplace. At his office, the price is Rs. 7 (8p).
The post received over 3,900 likes and the revelation left social media split. While some criticised the Mumbai hotel for charging such a high amount for eggs, others found it funny.
One user posted: “Is ande ke sath sona bhi nikla hai kya (Did the hen hatch gold with the eggs)?”
Another person jokingly wrote: “Chicken must be from a very rich family.”
However, not everyone was on Kartik’s side. Some had said that he should check the menu before ordering. Others also criticised him for complaining about the price when he is a guest at a high-end hotel.
One person questioned: “Why do you go to 7-star places and then complain?”
According to the Hindustan Times, since the post went viral, the hotel has not yet issued a statement.
In July 2019, Rahul Bose took to social media to highlight the price he had to pay for two bananas.
He posted a video along with a caption which read: “You have to see this to believe it. Who said fruit wasn’t harmful to your existence? Ask the wonderful folks at JW Marriott Chandigarh.”
The post went viral and it led to the hotel being fined Rs. 25,000 (£290) for failing to reply to a notice that was served to them.
The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) said in a statement:
“Unlike a retail store where bananas can be purchased at market price, a hotel offers service, quality, plate, cutlery, accompaniment, sanitised fruit, ambience and luxury, and not the commodity alone.
“A coffee available at Rs. 10 at a roadside stall could be served at Rs. 250 in a luxury hotel.”