Hollywood star Johnny Depp spent a small fortune when he dined at a Birmingham Indian restaurant on his tour of the UK.
The actor seemed to be sharing his winnings of his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, which he was awarded £12 million last week, by spending around £50,000 for a banquet at Varanasi.
Guitarist Jeff Beck, who Depp has joined on tour, was also part of the gathering at the curryhouse, reported The Metro.
General manager of Varanasi Mohammed Hussain said the staff were “just over the moon to have met and hosted him here at the restaurant”.
After hiring out the 400-seated venue, the 58-year-old and his friends spent around four hours there, arriving through the secret entrance to avoid paparazzi.
They enjoyed dry ice platters, which included poppadums, chutneys, shish kebabs, chicken tikka, vegetable samosas, king prawns, chicken tikka masala, lamb karahi, panner tikka masala, king prawn bhuna, rice and bread, and panna cotta and vanilla cheesecakes for dessert.
Mr Hussain commented that Depp was “very humble” and met the general manager’s three children, aged between three and nine.
“He spoke to every single person, and he hugged everybody. He was just a fantastic person to meet,” he added.
Some things the Pirates of the Caribbean star was particularly impressed with was the diner’s CCTV system, security, décor and interior design, particularly its dry ice effect on tables.
Varanasi is also well-known for its seven private dining areas, low-lit mood lighting, and brightly-coloured cocktails.
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