These spices came at a premium price.
Johnny Depp spent more than $62,000 (£50,000) attending a private Carrie Dinner with his friends on Sunday evening in Birmingham, England.
Depp, 58, indulged in a feast of “authentic Indian cuisine,” cocktails and pink champagne at Varanasi restaurant, which offers “heavenly recipes and a serene ambiance,” according to his website.
The actor – who was declared by restaurant staff to be a “common man” – scored a major victory Wednesday when he secured a $10.35 million judgment in a brutal libel trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, 36.
The “Edward Scissorhands” star was hanging out with his musician friend and collaborator Jeff Beck, 77, and 20 other people at their party at what was described as “Birmingham’s biggest Indian restaurant.”
Depp was staying in the UK to join Beck on his tour. He’s even appeared on stage at several of the guitarist’s shows, including one at London’s Royal Albert Hall late last month.
The father of two traveled to Birmingham to perform with Beck on stage for a performance at the city’s Symphony Hall. The Daily Mail reported that Depp and his entourage arrived at the trendy restaurant by 7pm and posed for photos with fans.
The 20,000-square-foot restaurant was closed so Depp and his friends could eat in private, and they left around midnight.
“We received a sudden call on Sunday afternoon saying that Johnny Depp wanted to come to eat with a group of people,” Mohamad Hussain, director of operations in Varanasi, told the outlets.
“I was shocked, and at first, I thought it might be over [joke]. But then his security team arrived [and] Checked out the restaurant, and we let them have the whole place because we were worried he might be harassed by other diners,”
Hussain described how the chefs prepared a feast for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star which included delicacies such as shish kebab, chicken tikka, paneer tikka masala, mutton karahi, and tandoori king prawns.
The CEO also shed some light on the evening, noting that Depp was “a very wonderful, humble guy.”
“[He] We spent a lot of time talking with the staff, our friends and family and were happy to take pictures with them. You would not have imagined that he was such a big star. “He had plenty of time for all of us,” Hossain gushed.
Hussain also stated that he promised not to reveal the entire bill total, but said that “money is not an issue, and it was easy to be in five figures.”
He added, “We made more money visiting Depp than we did on our busiest night of the week, which is a Saturday when we have about 400 people.” The feast ended with a simple cheesecake and panna cotta for dessert.
Then Hussain remembered the most surprising moment of the night, when Depp wanted a “little break from everyone” for 20 minutes and sat with him in his office.
Hussain said Mr. A-lister wanted people to watch CCTV in his office and was interested in how the cameras worked.
He explained that he did not ask the Kentucky citizen about the court case. “It was just a nice chat with a very humble guy. I still squeeze myself, because I never dreamed of Johnny Depp being in my office to have a conversation about how CCTV worked in the restaurant,” Hussain said. “It was a real honor to bring him here.”