Tom Cruise stops in for surprise dinner at curry house on UK visit (but paying his 220 bill was a Mission Impossible)
17:37 GMT, 23 August 2012
Surprise customer: Tom Cruise turned up at a curry house in St Albans, Hertfordshire, East England, this week
Tom Cruise made a surprise visit to a curry house in an quiet British market town this week.
The Hollywood super star shocked patrons at the Veer Dhara restaurant in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England when he arrived with a group of friends for a low-key meal on Tuesday.
But the 50-year-old millionaire was left red-faced when he wasn't able to pay 220 ($350) restaurant bill.
The eatery didn't accept his American Express card and he was only carrying US dollars.
Darshit Hora, the restaurant manager, told the Evening Standard newspaper: 'It was a big shock for us when he walked in. He said we had been recommended to him, but he would not say by whom.
'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.'
However, if the group – who left a generous tip – hadn't been able to stump up the cash, the restaurant owners were more than happy to give them their meal for free.
Local favourite: The Hollywood star He ordered a spicy Lobster and tikka masala at Veer Dhara
Here comes a Hollywood star! Video footage captured the actor's surprise arrival
Darshit added: '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.'
The star warned staff he was 'really
hungry' so asked for his starter to be served at the same time as his
main course, an 'extra spicy' chicken tikka masala, which he washed down
with sparkling water.
Tom – whose divorce from Katie Holmes was finalised this week – was filming the sci-fi movie All You Need Is Kill in the area with Emily Blunt.
He 19-year-old daughter Isabella is said to have joined him on the trip.
The Mission: Impossible star's
bodyguards were the first to enter the Indian restaurant to warn staff
that a 'special' Hollywood star was about to enter the building and
wanted a low-key meal.
The restaurant owner added: '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.'
Tom owns a large property in Sussex, a home county not far from Hertfordshire.