Johnny Depp went on to celebrate his libel win over Amber Heard by renting out an entire Indian restaurant for a £50,000 meal in Birmingham. The Hollywood megastar dined with Jeff Beck, 77, and his entourage in Varanasi on Broad Street on Sunday night.
Owner Mohammed Hussain, 38, said the 58-year-old enjoyed the food so much he ordered the same, took it back to his hotel room and left a “big tip”. The Pirates of the Caribbean star spent around three hours at the venue, which seats 400 people, mingling and chatting with staff members.
Mr Hussain, who has run the fancy restaurant for six years, said: ‘It was completely unannounced and at the last minute. We had a call, which I first thought was a prank, but his security came in. and I wanted to reserve the whole place.
“Jeff Beck was also there and he’s playing Birmingham tonight and there were around 20 people there in total. They came in through a secret entrance and we sat them in a private room.
“I won’t divulge how much it costs, but the figures I’ve seen of £50,000 aren’t far off at all. We’ve had to cancel bookings from existing customers so it’s quite expensive to rent the whole place . , but it was an amazing experience.
“They spent a lot of money, it’s a big room to hire, but they never even looked at the bill. He tipped a lot. He was very humble and spoke softly. He came across as a gentleman and had time for everyone.my friends and family and all the staff.
“He’s just such a nice guy, he just came around and hugged people. He just showed everyone a lot of affection. We had a little banquet and he had chicken tikka, vegetable samosas , tandoori prawns and shish kebabs to start.
“There was butter chicken, king prawn bhuna, paneer tikka masala and karahi lamb for main courses. He said it was the best curry he’s ever had and again ordered the same to take him back to his hotel room.
“They had a few glasses of wine, champagne and all sorts and were all in good spirits. They left us a bit stunned by what had happened.
“We’ve had celebrities like DJs and footballers here before, but this is the biggest star we’ve ever hosted. It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment.”
Depp traveled to the UK to join Beck on his tour and has previously made stage appearances with his pal in Gateshead, Glasgow and London.