Monday, November 8, 2010
The restaurant employs five others. Most of them are migrants from other states. The rent for the space is Rs. 7000 per month and the electric bill is about the same. The workers make between Rs. 3000 to 4500 per month. The restaurant used to be very busy with people waiting in line at lunchtime. But now the hospital has opened two other eating-places. These are government run and subsidized canteens. They have taken a lot of business away from the Cyber Café. For the past six months the café is merely breaking even.
It took me a while to feel comfortable there. Everything looks awfully dirty. They clean everything every day, but it is all very old, broken, stained, and rusted! After eating a few times I realized that my stomach was not complaining. There was no Delhi belly. So now I feel okay in there. The bread is fresh out of oven and is very tasty. Today I saw the oven and took some photos. I wish I had not seen how they make it! It is not going to taste that good anymore.
I am on a crusade to teach the cook how to cook. My omelet was plain. So I asked him to sauté some onion. When the omelet came I could not see any onions. He had chopped the onions so fine, it was like onion powder! So the next day I went into the kitchen and chopped some onions and bell peppers myself. I told him to sauté it before putting it in the eggs. He threw the stuff in a pan, with some oil, and turned on the burner so high that the flames were going all around the thirteen-inch pan! No wonder he burns everything. Maybe that is why I have not had any Delhi belly so far. After appropriate instructions he made a decent omelet. Tomorrow I must teach him how to make scrambled eggs.
For photos of café click here.