In Panaji, the price and quality of a fish thali or fish dish can vary considerably depending on where the fish will be purchased and how much the restaurant owner is being harassed. At present 4 fish restaurants in panaji,goa have been researched for their fish thali. A mackerel thali (lunch) will usually cost less than a prawn, kingfish or mackerel lunch. In June, a restaurant in panaji was offering a fish thali for Rs 60, and in July the same restaurant was offering the same thali for Rs 70 and gave very few pieces of fish. Another restaurant charges Rs 80 for a mackerel lunch thali. The most expensive fish curry in panaji, goa till date cost rs 180 for a mackerel curry.
The price of the fish curry depends on the quality of the rice being used, quantity of fish supplied and packaging. In some places a single fried mackerel will be supplied, in other restaurants more fish pieces will be supplied. The cost of fish curry remains higher than a fried fish. One of the features of most of the restaurants is that fish is only supplied between 12 noon(or 12.30) to 3.30 pm during the day, and they do not supply the fish at other times, so it is not convenient for those who are in panaji for a short period of time.
It is advisable to get the fish packed as a parcel, so that it can be eaten over a period of time.