When not customary during this holy month, some Tunisian families choose to dine al fresco to relax and enjoy the abundance of the Ramadan menu. But look at the prices, the bill can get really cool if you get into that tycoon habit…
Ramadan is in full swing. If for some confectionery it’s an opportunity to give staff a break and lower the flag, many restaurants are rubbing their hands at the idea of making a recipe in the month of Ramadan. Like every year, we don’t count anymore those who compete in ingenuity to come up with a mouth-watering and satisfying iftar menu and attracting customers looking to dine out for a change of scenery. One of advertising messages shared on social media announce the color: “To all lovers of fine Mediterranean cuisine, we inform you that from April 14 of this holy month we open our doors again from 12:00 to 15:00 (reduced menu) as well as only during breaking the fast where you can enjoy our special Ramadan menu.” However, at the price level, this is a lyrical flight of emotions: from possible satisfaction to a feeling of confusion or anxiety. Because you have to put your hand in your pocket to “please” family members.
Iftar meal at 60 D per person!
Already now it is necessary to count at least 25 dinars per person in a converted into fast food Ramadan style restaurant and 30 to 60 RSD per person for a classic restaurant in town. Let’s not talk about the menu of restaurants in the chic suburbs of Gammarth, Carthage or La Marsa, reserved for a certain elite. Today, going to a restaurant has become a luxury. At the very least, we are almost certain that there will be no pepper, green bean or pumpkin dishes on the client’s plate.
Let’s just say that the shortage of these foodstuffs caused a jump in prices in the markets and bazaars. In such restaurants, first of all, you need to be profitable, so the buyer should not expect mountains and miracles. Hence the interest in having dinner at home throughout the month of Ramadan to avoid unpleasant surprises.
But to see a lot of restaurateurs busy preparing dinner in the morning, it seems that the clientele is there. Soups, mixed salad and brick as an appetizer, nwasser, couscous or mossli, dessert and green tea or coffee. With chicken, fish or lamb, it depends, but the price goes up. Accompanied by the slogan “ramadan kareem” we promise a warm and family atmosphere. For 60 dinars per person, still in the city, the range of dishes and menus increase, becoming more consistent and plentiful, with more varied choices made, among other things, from seafood, which is in abundance on the market stalls. . Because for 25 D only the main meal is served. It consists of table food, linen, stuffed dates, appetizers such as soup, a trio of salad or brick, and a dish consisting of chicken, fish or lamb, and finally a creamy dessert and fruit salad.
At a time when purchasing power continues to plummet and the standard and quality of life has collapsed, who else can afford such luxury during Ramadan? No doubt if it remains exceptional on the occasion of a fun evening with friends or family, but apart from that, hello to spending and empty pockets at the end of the month of Ramadan.