The Hollywood actor, who won his highly publicized defamation suit against ex-wife Amber Heard last week and was awarded £12 million, enjoyed a lavish feast in Varanasi, Birmingham.
When his security team visited the City Center site, which can cater to 400 diners at a time, to check that it was safe and that their privacy could be respected, they followed up with the staff. Hug and chat.
Depp, 58, enjoyed the meal so much that he left with a takeout bag after staying for nearly three hours and visiting the manager’s friends and family.
He is on tour in Birmingham with famed guitarist Jeff Beck, who joined him at the Dining House, where the party ate at the palatial Siddhartha Lounge, a private, finely decorated dining room.
The waiting staff served starters, which included kebabs, curries and sweets, on dry ice plates during a customized banquet.
General Manager Mohamed Hussein said: ‘We were very excited to hear that Johnny Depp was visiting and is over the moon to meet and host him here at the restaurant.
‘We originally got a call from the security team yesterday at around 3 pm saying they wanted to come over and look at the restaurant and make sure it was right for the trip.
‘They loved restaurants so they brought Johnny Depp here at 7.30pm.
‘Jeff Beck the guitarist was also here and there were about 20 or 22 people in total.
“He booked the entire space, so we closed the entire restaurant for him and made him sit in Siddharth Lounge.
‘They had come through a secret entrance so that no one could see them and they stayed till around 11.30.
‘We welcomed them over and they loved the effect of dry ice on the table and they were really happy with how we handled it and were impressed with the whole venue. It was a great experience as I and my family and friends got to meet him, including my three kids.
‘He was a very humble person who spent a lot of time with us. He talked to every single person and he hugged everyone.
‘He was just a wonderful person to meet.’
Depp, who started his career as a rock musician, is on tour with a friend after winning a defamation suit against Hurd.
He sued his ex-wife for $50 million after he wrote an article alleging that she had been a victim of domestic abuse.
Friends are playing dates all over the UK, and are scheduled to perform at Symphony Hall in Birmingham tonight.
Mr Hussain told Metro.co.uk: ‘We put together a customized menu for them with a selection of food, it was a pick-and-go menu with pop-ups and chutneys and many more including shish kebabs, chicken tikka, sabzi Kind of a starter. Samosas and Raja Prawns.
The main course was chicken tikka masala, lamb karahi, paneer tikka masala, king prawn roast and a selection of rice and roti.
‘We rounded it up with panna cotta and vanilla cheesecake for dessert.
‘He was so impressed that he packed all the things left in a bag even after leaving with takeaway so that he could take it back to his hotel.
‘He said it was the best curry ever.’
The Pirates of the Caribbean star came twice and sat with Mohamed in his office, spending between 15 and 20 minutes on each occasion.
The restaurant owner introduced the world-famous diner to his starstruck kids aged three, seven and nine.
He said: ‘He was fascinated to see how we run the restaurant and use CCTV as he said it was the biggest restaurant.
‘When he met my children he told them a few lines from his films and they were pleased, they were over the moon.
‘My nine year old is a big fan of his movies and they would all be able to tell their friends at school today that they met Johnny Depp at the restaurant, it’s not the kind of thing you can say every day.
‘My friends and family also met him and it was like a dream come true for him too. He is such a nice guy, he just comes and hugs people, he doesn’t hold back, he shows his love and affection on his own.
‘It raises our profile as the busiest restaurant in the city center and has already hosted parties for celebrities to host Hollywood A-listers, giving us even more of a business. Elevating.’
The Golden Globe winner is in the UK after winning a legal case against 36-year-old Heard after she wrote an article in 2018 alleging she had been a victim of domestic abuse.
He was awarded $15 million in damages by a jury in Virginia. But the jury ruled in Heard’s favor in one aspect of an impeachment launched against her ex-husband.
Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, defamed the Aquaman star by calling her abuse claims a “hoax,” for which she was awarded $2 million in damages.
In addition to his appearance in Birmingham, Depp has also been seen having drinks with the indie singer Sam Fender at a pub in Newcastle and a wildlife rescue center in Kent.
Beck, 77, is scheduled to play on City tonight with special guest Sharon Kors, although the venue list does not mention Depp’s appearance.
Fans of the Sleepy Hollow star have gathered for selfies and autographs on her trip to Britain, chanting ‘Johnny, Johnny’ at a gig in Manchester.
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