johnny depp: Johnny Depp splashes Rs 48 lakh on an Indian restaurant in Birmingham

LONDON: Hollywood star Johnny Depp spent around Rs 48 lakh at Birmingham’s biggest Indian restaurant on Sunday night to gorge on chicken tikka masala and king prawn bhuna as well as champagne and cocktails on a night out.
Depp spent the money on the popular Indian restaurant Varanasi on Broad Street, which he rented out in full to dine with close friend Beck, their entourage and their bodyguards. Depp is currently touring the UK with his friend Beck. The 20,000-square-foot luxury restaurant closed its doors to the public so it could accommodate the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star on Sunday night.

Depp, who recently received $15 million (just over Rs 116 crore) in damages from ex-wife Amber Heard after winning her libel suit, enjoyed a sit-down meal of shish kebab, chicken tikka, marinated king prawns and vegetable samosas. followed by karahi lamb, chicken tikka masala, king prawn bhuna and raspberry cheesecake and panna cotta for dessert.
Mohammed Hussain, the British-Bangladeshi operations manager at the restaurant, which opened its doors six years ago, told TOI that a total of 22 people came to order the banquet menu.
He said the band had champagne, cocktails and red and white wine and Bollywood music playing in the background. “We were not told the reason for the event. We just knew he was on tour and he was staying at a hotel in Birmingham and he wanted to have a meal out. He rented the whole restaurant,” he said. He did not confirm the cost of the meal and said it was tailored to Depp’s needs, but local media put the figure at £50,000 (Rs 48 lakh). Hussain confirmed that Depp tipped generously.
This is not the first time that the restaurant has hosted stars. The Indian cricket team and Bollywood stars such as Gulshan Grover have also dined there. “He was at the restaurant for five hours and he was really relaxed, humble and accommodating. My three daughters spent time with him, as did my staff. He embraced us and made everyone feel included. We have not discussed the court case. We just congratulated him on his victory,” Hussain said.


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