Actor Johnny Depp recently spent over $62,000 for a special Indian cuisine dinner with his friends to celebrate his recent huge victory against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Depp was awarded over $10 million in the judgment of the highly publicized defamation trial against Heard.
The 58-year-old actor indulged in a feast of authentic Indian meals, Rosé champagne, and cocktails at the Varanasi restaurant, which, according to its website, serves its customers “heavenly recipes and soothing ambiance.”
According to the restaurant’s director, Depp came with a party of 20 people and was an extremely “down to earth bloke.” He also shared some of his favorite moments of the night and said they enjoyed his presence a lot. Read on to find out more.
Johnny Depp Joined Jeff Beck On His UK Tour
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star was spending time with his guitarist friend, Jeff Beck when they decided to have a celebratory party with about 20 other people in what is known as “Birmingham’s largest Indian restaurant.” Depp was in the United Kingdom to support Beck on his tour.
He even appeared on stage at some of Beck’s shows, including a recent concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall late last month. He was in Birmingham with Beck for his show at the city’s Symphony Hall.
Depp and all his guests were at the popular restaurant by 7 pm, and according to the Daily Mail, he posed for pictures with fans before joining his guests inside. The restaurant’s management closed for the night so the actor could have some privacy for their party.
The Restaurant’s Director Thought It Was A Joke
Mohammed Hussain, Varanasi’s operations director, told Daily Mail that “We had a call out of the blue on Sunday afternoon saying that Johnny Depp wanted to come to eat with a group of people. I was shocked, and at first, I thought it might have been a wind up [joke].”
He continued, “But then his security team arrived [and] checked out the restaurant, and we let them have the whole place because we were concerned that he might be bothered by other diners.”
He also shared details of what the chefs served Depp and his party. He said they had delicacies such as chicken tikka, shish kebabs, lamb karahi, paneer tikka masala, lamb karahi, and tandoori king prawns. Hussain said that the party was very happy with their meal.
Hussain Said Depp Was A Lovely Customer
The managing executive also shared some of the beautiful moments from the evening and emphasized that Depp was an extremely “lovely, down-to-earth bloke.” He said, “[He] spent a lot of time speaking with the staff, our friends and family and was happy to pose for pictures with them. You would never have thought that he was such a big star. He had a lot of time for us all.”
Hussain also shared that he promised not to reveal the amount of Depp’s total bill but did say that “money was no issue, and it was easily in five figures.” He also said, “We made more money from Depp’s visit than we did from our busiest night of the week, which is a Saturday when we have around 400 diners.” According to Hussain, Depp’s feast ended with simple cheesecake and panna cotta for dessert.
He Recalled His Favorite Moment Of The Night
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Hussain also shared with Daily Mail what he considered the “most surprising moment of the night,” which was when Depp asked for “a little break from everybody” for almost 20 minutes and just sat with him in his office.
He said the “The Crimes of Grindelwald” actor was interested in people-watching on the CCTV and wanted to know how the cameras worked. He explained that he didn’t ask Depp any questions about the court case.
He said, “It was just a nice conversation with a very humble man. I’m still pinching myself, because I never dreamt that Johnny Depp would be in my office having a chat about how the CCTV in the restaurant works. It was a real honor to have him here.”
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