Delhi Digital Thali becomes first Indian restaurant to accept cryptocurrency
With the world moving towards digitalization and adopting Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, restaurants are not ready to stay behind either. Ardor 2.1, a restaurant in Connaught Place in Delhi, has become the first Indian restaurant to accept cryptocurrency. They have also started offering a Digital Thali.
Suneet Kalra, the owner, said, “With this thali, Ardor 2.1 is becoming the first Indian restaurant to accept cryptocurrency as a means to pay for it.”
After initial hesitation, numerous small businesses like restaurants and cafes are warming up to the idea of cryptocurrency to make up for the losses over the past two years.
A restaurant in New Delhi’s Connaught Place has decided to accept payments in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, and others.
The restaurant, Ardor 2.1, has also created a special “Digital Thali” to lure customers.
Enjoy the Digital Thali at Connaught Place, Delhi. You can even pay by Cryptocurrency. pic.twitter.com/rKasZbhi1j
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The restaurant is famous for giving catchy names and phrases to their Thalis. A few of their popular ones are Baahubali Thali, United India Thali, and 56 Inch Thali.
The Digital Thali offered by Ardor 2.1 has dishes that derive their names from cryptocurrencies.
Customers can choose from vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian options.
Some of the dishes in the Digital Thali are Polygon Pita And Falafel, Solana Chana Bhatura, Bunny Burger With Chilli Fries, Doge Fried Rice, Ethereum Butter Chicken With Kulcha, and Bitcoin Tikka.
Polygon is a protocol and a framework for building and connecting Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks, and Bunny is a payment solution platform based on the Ethereum blockchain.
Solana is a public blockchain platform considered a long-time rival of Ethereum.
The price of one Digital Thaali is INR 2,099 (plus taxes) for non-vegetarians and INR 1,999 (plus taxes) for vegetarians. In a vlog by Delhi Food Nest, the owner said that the restaurant, Ardor 2.1, has also decided to incentivize those who pay in cryptocurrency by reducing the cost by 20 percent.
“We decided to give some digital experience to our guests with a completely digital menu. We were thinking of doing something in crypto after one of my friends told me about it. Even though it’s a grey area, we decided ‘let’s go ahead and give it a shot.’ We also wanted to see the response, how many people were invested in crypto,” said the owner.
Ardor 2.1 has begun to cash in on the cryptocurrency craze. This move by the restaurant to popularize cryptocurrency can soon prove to be one of many as the world continues to adopt digital currencies.