London: Hollywood star Tom Cruise surprised an Indian restaurant manager in Hertfordshire when he dropped in for spicy food, and enjoyed a meal comprising lobster and chicken tikka masala.

Cruise and his eight companions visited the Veer Dhara restaurant in St Albans, where they were shooting for his latest film, 'All You Need Is A Kill'.

Cruise, one of the highest paid actors, tried to settle the bill of 220.85 pounds by American Express card, but the restaurant does not take that card. Another member of the party paid in cash and left a tip of 79.15 pounds.

Manager Darshit Hora said it was "a bit of a surprise" when Cruise's party arrived just before 10 pm. He said that the restaurant had received a call at about 21:00 BST from a man wanting to reserve a table for 10.

An hour later, two cars drew up outside and a bodyguard came in to reveal the identity of the diner and ask the manager to make sure the meal was a low-key affair.

"He said, 'Tom Cruise is visiting your restaurant and doesn't want to disclose that he will be here; he is with his family and just wants to have a nice relaxing evening'," said Hora.

"He said he was staying about 15 miles away and came here because it was recommended," the manager said.

The actor sat at a table facing the open-plan kitchen with his back to the restaurant, and ordered sparkling water.

Cruise asked Hora to bring him any food that he liked, but it should be "spicy" and include the lobster, which he had "heard good things about", and chicken tikka masala.


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