Buffalo meat was brought back on the menu of the Kerala House canteen, on 28 October. It was sold out to the lunch-time crowd within 45 minutes, as beef was briefly discontinued following a row that saw the police carry out a raid at the canteen.
The “sold out” tag came up much to the dismay of many who had thronged the eatery, a day after the guest house had removed “buff meat” amidst a political row.
Interestingly, an English menu board placed at the canteen’s counter showed ‘Meat Fry’ and ‘Meat Curry’, with ‘Buffalo’ mentioned in brackets.
The message was put up to clear the air over the row and emphasise that only buffalo meat was being served at the canteen, contrary to what had been alleged by a member of Hindu Sena.
“We are serving buffalo meat and offered the same in the past as well,” said Sudeesh, a staff Canteen Managing Committee member.
The eatery, Samridhi, caters to the office crowd of Central Delhi. But, interestingly, today’s crowd profile suggested that the row had drawn several youth to the canteen.
Restaurant sources said, on an average, anywhere between 60 and 70 plates of buffalo meat are sold daily, at Rs 50 each.
Meanwhile, the police detained Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta for allegedly making a false complaint in this regard.