"It was an absolute pleasure to welcome such a sporting legend"
Aston Villa manager and former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard enjoyed a meal at Asha’s restaurant in Birmingham.
The Newhall Street restaurant shared a picture of the former footballer and revealed that he ordered two portions of one of their popular dishes.
According to restaurant bosses, the 41-year-old ordered two portions of the Prawn Shan E Nisha.
That particular dish comprises of king prawns marinated in yoghurt, cheese and a touch of cardamom. It is priced at £24.75 per portion.
In the Twitter post, Asha’s wrote: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome such a sporting legend to our award-winning restaurants!
“If you’re wondering which of our dishes Steven recommends, he enjoyed our Prawn Shan E Nisha so much that he ordered it twice!”
Nouman Farooqui, general manager at Asha’s, says that while it is a boost for staff to see celebrities dining at the restaurant, status does not impact the level of service.
He said: “Indian cuisine is so popular and everyone wants a nice curry in a relaxing restaurant.
“We offer that and we’ve established ourselves over the last 15 years.
“For us, every guest who dines is treated like a celebrity.
“Everyone gets the same level of service, whether they’re an A-lister or not!”
There are three branches of Asha’s restaurant, the one in Newhall Street is in Birmingham’s city centre. There is also a branch at Solihull’s Touchwood Shopping Centre and another in Manchester.
If you guessed Steven Gerrard, you were correct! ?
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome such a sporting legend to our award-winning restaurants!
If you're wondering which of our dishes Steven recommends, he enjoyed our Prawn Shan E Nisha so much that he ordered it twice! ? pic.twitter.com/CSnOoydj67
— Asha's (@Ashas_UK) April 26, 2022
The restaurant is popular among celebrities.
Previously, Tom Cruise dined at the restaurant and enjoyed two portions of the chicken tikka masala.
The Hollywood star had been in Birmingham filming Mission: Impossible 7.
He reportedly spent two hours at the restaurant with five others before leaving a generous £60 tip.
General manager Nouman said:
“Tom arrived at 6 pm and the picture was taken on my folding Samsung phone by one of his security team at 8:10 pm as he was leaving
“When he came he said he didn’t want any fuss and just wanted to be part of the atmosphere.
“He wanted a meal just like any other guest and simply wanted to enjoy an authentic Indian meal.
“A few diners recognised him but not all. Nobody made a fuss, though when he left people went a little bit crazy.
“He agreed to have his picture taken outside in a socially distanced way and had his mask on for the first picture.
“He then took his mask off and said: ‘Take another one’.”
Ed Sheeran has also visited the restaurant, stating that Asha’s was his “favourite of all”.
Other celebrity diners include boxer Deontay Wilder and singer Cliff Richard.