Tom Cruise unable to pay for his meal

2012-08-24 08:15
London - Tom Cruise was unable to foot a £220 (R2 905) restaurant bill.

The 50-year-old millionaire actor made a "shock" visit to the Veer Dhara restaurant in St Albans, Hertfordshire, East England with pals - thought to include his 19-year-old daughter Isabella - on Tuesday but was left red-faced when the eatery didn't accept his American Express card or dollar bills.

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.

Generous tip

"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.

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 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.

'Really hungry'

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."

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 on Wednesday - was filming All You Need Is Kill in the area with Emily Blunt.


  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-24 08:52

    How would I EVER have gotten through this Friday without knowing that Tom Cruise at an "extra spicy" chicken tikka masala, which he washed down with sparkling water?

      henri.lombard - 2012-08-24 09:18

      and he does get hungry.

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-08-24 12:33

      He should have used his Scientology magic to make his dollars turn to pounds then it would have been news worthy.

      lydonmcg - 2012-08-24 13:59

      Sometimes - much like a car accident - you can't bring yourself to look away!

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-08-24 08:52

    Cool story

  • vanetia.mentor - 2012-08-24 10:18

    wow ... and hear i thought for a second he was broke.... thought katey took him to the cleaners by surprise lol.....

      vanetia.mentor - 2012-08-24 10:18

      i mean Katie*sorry *

  • 1CRAZYONE - 2012-08-24 12:03

    Someone needs to educate this American - in England you NEED POUNDS!!!!!!! Friggin Americans think the sun revolves around America!

  • ashama.funmilayo - 2012-08-24 22:16

    Sorry Tom, it can happen to anybody. heads up

  • franklin.coetzee - 2012-08-26 12:14

    Very misleading headline. Why can't everyone just leave the man alone? He is a star in his own right.

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-08-27 08:39

    Wow... I had a pork chop last night, maybe someone wants to see my braai that it was made on? I can give tips on cooking. Remember, come HUNGRY!

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