By Jason Moore
IT has to be a sign of the times. The good old menu of the day appears to be back in many local restaurants. The majority of restaurants in one central Palma street are all offering a cut-priced menu for lunch, which is a certainly a sign of the times. I had come to the conclusion that the menu del dia had gone the same way as the peseta and a good holiday season. But no, on one point I was not mistaken. Even top restaurants, which would have laughed in your face up until recently if you had asked for their menu del dia are now offering them. Clearly this shows that things are not good within the restaurant trade but we, the consumers, are at last been offered the opportunity of a decent lunch at relatively good prices. Despite what many some people involved in the tourist industry say, all is not well within our principal industry. The other day one shopkeeper said to me that he was amazed at the limited spending power of holidaymakers. “I don't understand why they come on holiday if they can't afford anything,” he said. Ofcourse, these days Majorca is no longer a cheap holiday destination and the fact that the menu del dia is making a big comeback shows that times are hard. However, it is about times that restaurants start to have another look at their prices because some have gone completely overboard and we have paid the price.


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