Indian restaurant delight as blues ace Tahith Chong sits down for Saturday night meal in Solihull


Staff at an Indian take-out restaurant were elated when a city football star made a last-minute reservation on Saturday.

Dutch international Tahith Chong, who currently plays at Birmingham City on loan from Manchester United, recently moved to the Solihull area.

And diners rushed to snap photos with the ace of the blues as he sat down at the popular Indian restaurant Janaki in Dickens Heath.

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“We get it sometimes,” said Tarun Choudhary, general manager of the restaurant.

“Last month Miss England came to see us. She had a great night’s sleep and brought Miss Shropshire, Miss Blackburn, Miss Leicestershire and Miss Staffordshire.”

BCFC winger Chong was joined by a woman at the restaurant and enjoyed a delicious appetizer of chili chicken and shrimp with a chicken tikka masala main course. The couple shared rice and naan bread on the side.

And the generous ace posed for a nod to restaurant workers and other diners as he arrived around 9:30 p.m.

“We were quite surprised, he booked the table just at the last minute,” Tarun added.

“He moved to the area and must have heard about us from the locals. He was a lovely guy.

“It was a busy night. Everyone had a great conversation with him and took pictures and everything.

“The last tables we had were an elderly couple. We told them who he was and they couldn’t believe it.”

Tarun said the staff were “excited” to serve the 21-year-old footballer after a difficult year and a half.

“We were able to get our take out to work while we were locked in to eat there,” he explained. “I bought this place six years ago and the locals are very supportive.”

Janaki prides itself on staying true to its Indian roots and using vegetable oil rather than ghee to keep dishes light.

“We’re not specifying anything here,” Tarun explained.

“We don’t use any powder or anything. We all use fresh ingredients and our kitchen is open so everyone can see how we’re cooking.”

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