A restaurant in South America has been handed a hefty fine and been accused of sexism for serving women a different menu when they are dining with men.

La Rosa Nautica, in Lima, Peru, has been hit with a €55,000 fine for its practice of giving women who are with men a gold menu without prices for the fish ceviche or other expensive dishes.

The men, however, are served blue menus that provide pricing details for all items.

The popular tourist destination defended the practice as allowing women “to enjoy a romantic evening with their partner without taking into account the cost of the services”.

La Rosa Nautica, source Facebook.

“These small things may seem harmless,” Liliana Cerrón, an official with the agency that issued the fine, said on Monday.

“But at the end of the day they are the basis of a chauvinistic construct reinforcing differences between men and women.”

In addition to the fine, the restaurant will have to immediately begin offering men and women the same menu with prices, train staff and post a sign clearly stating that discrimination will not be tolerated.