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Johnny Depp was reportedly overheard saying he ate the ‘best curry ever’ when he dined at a restaurant in Birmingham last night. The Hollywood actor was spotted in Varanasi – stunning staff working there when he arrived.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star spent around four hours at the popular Indian restaurant, arriving at the back entrance around 7.30pm. The restaurant had been closed to other diners during his visit, Reporting live from Birmingham.
Mr Depp is expected to join his long-time friend Jeff Beck at his concert at Symphony Hall tonight. He was joined by Mr. Beck, the tour crew and his security team on the visit to Varanasi – where they dined in the private dining room.
The group enjoyed a banquet meal including starters, mains and desserts. Mr Depp also reportedly enjoyed his meal so much that he ordered even more to take back to his hotel. He was overheard by the staff saying it was the “best curry he’s ever had”.
Varanasi operations manager Mo Hussain described him as very “humble” and “down to earth”. The actor’s security team had contacted the restaurant on Sunday afternoon hoping to bring him back later that day.
Mr Hussain, Operations Manager in Varanasi, said: “We were absolutely delighted to have him with us – he was such a humble person. I managed to bring my family and friends into the restaurant and he spent a lot of time with them, hugging them and making everyone feel welcome.
“He was delighted with the food. He even took a takeaway with him afterwards. He really enjoyed the food.
“We gave them a personalized banquet – he had lots of dry rice platters with shish kebabs, chicken tikka, vegetable samosas, we also gave him king prawn starters.
“We did the same for the main courses – he had chicken tikka masala, lamb curry, king prawn bhuna. Followed by bread and rice. He had a choice of desserts at the end, to namely panna cotta and vanilla cheesecake.Then he decided he wanted to eat everything again to take him back to his hotel.
“It was a dream come true for all of us. He ate a bit of everything – and I heard him say it was the best curry he’s ever had. He commented on all the flavors. So it was unbelievable that he said that.”
Mr Hussain added: “We basically had a phone call around 3pm on Sunday afternoon from Johnny Depp’s security, they were interested in coming to see the restaurant with the aim of bringing it down. We showed them around and around 7:30 p.m. he arrived with his crew through our secret rear entrance.
“They booked the whole venue and they sat in the private dining room. They had a banquet meal for the whole evening, food and drink, until 11:30 p.m. that night.
“He was a very humble person, I found him very down to earth. He came and sat in my office for a good 15 to 20 minutes. He was interested in our operation, he looked at all the surveillance cameras and asked how we manage He said he really liked being in the restaurant.
“He was surprised by the size of the restaurant. We had a very good conversation, he was a very humble person. He spent a lot of time with my family and my friends who I had invited. He went up, down , as we had locked the whole restaurant, he was walking around.
“Knowing that his trial has just ended and he is now in Birmingham. We were delighted to have him, we will cherish him for a long time.
“He was with Jeff Beck, their team playing today and the security team – there were 22 good people who we hosted last night. We had security in the front and back of the restaurant. They were delighted with our professionalism.
“He mentioned how he was harassed everywhere he went – and it was the only place that managed to keep things calm while he was there eating.
“We were extremely pleased that he said it was the best curry. He was drinking and eating, he spent four hours with us, enjoying the atmosphere. I’ll never forget him – especially as Johnny Depp sat in my desk.”
Mr Depp was met with cheering fans as he left the Grand Hotel this morning. Huge crowds gathered outside the hotel, near Colmore Row and Church Street, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. He left the hotel through the Church Street entrance shortly before 3pm much to the delight of fans who had been waiting for him – some since 9.30am this morning – after it appeared he was in town.