LONDON : We all tend to look for references while picking out a restaurant to visit or order food from. But when a celebrity endorses one, it is a big deal – both for the consumer and the restaurant. This small Indian eatery in Europe was pleasantly surprised when Ryan Reynolds gave a shout-out to them on his Instagram story and wrote that it serves the “best Indian food in Europe”.
What can be better for the business that is promoted by a leading Hollywood star like Ryan Reynolds himself? What’s even more surprising is that the restaurant is not even a swanky establishment we would expect top-rung celebrities to visit.
Nestled in the small Cheshire town of Ellesmere Port, Light of Indian Balti House made to the headlines and turned popular overnight. A chance meal from there by Ryan Reynolds impressed him so much that he decided to share and enthuse the food from the restaurant. The ‘Deadpool’ star posted a picture of the flyer of the restaurant and wrote “Best Indian food in Europe” and went on the highlight the restaurant’s website printed on the flyer. That is really a sweet gesture, we say.
It is known that Reynolds had been in the UK to watch his National League football club Wrexham AFC play. It is still not revealed whether he ate at the restaurant, had a takeaway order or ordered food online from there. While Reynolds never revealed the meal he had, the menu of the restaurant surely looks impressive. It comprises classic Indian meals like chicken tikka, tandoori chicken, seekh kebab and onion bhaji in the snacks section. The main section also offers butter chicken, rogan josh and chicken vindaloo among various other popular Indian dishes, mostly non-veg.
According to the report in LADbible, Shah Rahaman, who contributes to the family-run business, told the British media house, “We didn’t actually know that he came because my mum and dad were working at the time, but the next morning I woke up and I follow Ryan Reynolds on Instagram, so I looked at his post and I was like ‘eh, that’s our business? I ran into my mum and dad saying ‘did Ryan Reynolds come into the restaurant? They said ‘who is Ryan Reynolds?”
The report suggests that the family did not realise when Ryan Reynolds visited or ordered from the restaurant, but appreciate the social media mention.
Shah added, “We want to reach out to him and tell him to come down again and sit in, we’ll have a chat. We might even dedicate a dish to him – the Deadpool Masala.”
We all know many small restaurants that serve the best food. We hope they too get their share of fame and encouragement like this restaurant did.