These spices were sold at luxury prices.
Johnny Depp shelled out more than $62,000 (£50,000) for a special curry dinner with his friends on Sunday night in Birmingham, England.
Depp, 58, indulged in a feast of “authentic Indian cuisine”, cocktails and rosé champagne at the Varanasi restaurant serving “heavenly recipes and a soothing ambience”, according to his website.
The actor – declared a “down to earth guy” by restaurant staff – scored a big victory on Wednesday when he received a $10.35 million judgment in his brutal libel lawsuit against his estranged ex. wife Amber Heard, 36.
The ‘Edward Scissorhands’ star was hanging out with fellow musician-collaborator Jeff Beck, 77, and 20 other people from their party at what is billed as ‘Birmingham’s biggest Indian restaurant’.
Depp stayed in the UK to join Beck on his tour. He 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 his show at the city’s Symphony Hall. Depp and his entourage had arrived at the trendy restaurant at 7 p.m. and posed for photos with fans, the Daily Mail reported.
The 20,000 square foot restaurant was closed so Depp and his friends could eat privately, and they left around midnight.
Mohammed Hussain, Varanasi’s operations manager, told the outlet: “We got an out of the blue call on Sunday afternoon saying that Johnny Depp wanted to come and eat with a group of people.”
“I was shocked, and at first I thought maybe it was a sell-out. But then his security team came. [and] We visited the restaurant and left the whole place to them because we were worried that it would be disturbed by other diners,” he continued.
Hussain described the chefs preparing a feast for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star that included delicacies such as shish skewers, chicken tikka, paneer tikka masala, karahi lamb and tandoori king prawns.
The executive also shed some light on the evening, noting that Depp was a “very lovely, down to earth guy.”
“[He] spent a lot of time talking with the staff, friends and family and was happy to pose for photos with them. You would never have thought he was such a big star. He had plenty of time for all of us,” Hussain said.
Hussain also said he had promised not to reveal the total of the bill, but said “money was no object, and it was easily five figures”.
He added: “We made more money from Depp’s visit than on our busiest night of the week, which is a Saturday when we have around 400 diners.” The feast ended with a simple cheesecake and panna cotta for dessert.
Hussain then recalled the most surprising moment of the night, when Depp “wanted a little break from everyone” for about 20 minutes and sat down with him in his office.
Hussain said the A-lister wanted to watch people on CCTV in his office and was interested in how the cameras worked.
He explained that he did not ask the Kentucky native about the court case. “It was just a nice conversation with a very humble man. I still pinch myself because I never imagined Johnny Depp would be in my office discussing how the restaurant’s CCTV works,” Hussain said. “It was a real honor to have him here.”