A Few Good Naan? Tom Cruise goes for a curry in St Albans
Mission Impossible star, thought be worth £160 million, visits restaurant for a 'quiet evening meal'
Was he trying to curry favour with the locals? Or just looking to add a bit of spice to his life?
Either way Tom Cruise certainly caused a stir when he went for a curry at a restaurant in St Albans on Tuesday.
The Mission Impossible star, who is thought be worth £160 million, visited the Veer Dhara restaurant in St Peter’s Street with his entourage and family members for a 'quiet evening meal'.
The actor, who is filming at the nearby Warner Bros' Leavesden studio, reportedly told staff he was 'really hungry' and also asked for his chicken tikka masala to be 'extra spicy'.
Cruise and his entourage ordered fish and chicken starters, as well as two lamb dishes, two lobsters, and two chicken tikka masalas along with rice and bread.
Cruise - who is top of Forbes Magazine's list of highest-paid actors - also seemed keen to ensure the meal remained low-key. His bodyguard asked staff not to tell other customers he was dining there.
Restaurant manager Darshit Hora told the Evening Standard: "They said someone special was coming but did not say who it was. When he came in it was a big shock but we just wanted to be professional.
“They said he wanted a nice, quiet meal with his family, so we sat them near the kitchen.”
However after ordering over £200 worth of food the star came unstuck when attempting to pay the bill with his American Express card, which the restaurant doesn't accept.
Another member of the party paid the bill leaving staff an £80 tip.
The restaurant manager Darshit Hora said: "At the end of the meal he wanted to pay, but we could not accept American Express. He said his whole group only had dollars, then a lady came forward and paid in £50 notes
“The bill was £220.85 so they left almost an £80 tip. It was very generous.
“If they did not have any money, it would have been on the house.”
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