Paul Rudd, once known for his role as Mike Hannigan in the chartbuster sitcom “Friends” and now as the “Ant Man” of Marvel films is getting Twitterati excited about something completely different to his Hollywood persona: Biryani.
Yes, the star was in British Constitutional Law researcher-turned-celebrity restaurateur Asma Khan’s acclaimed London restaurant, ‘Darjeeling Express’. Khan couldn’t believe her eyes when Rudd arrived at the restaurant’s Biryani Supper Club Sunday. It was his second visit this month to Darjeeling Express. He happily ate the ‘dum biryani,’ which is prepared in the same style as in Kolkata.
“Welcome back to @Darjeelingldn Paul Rudd! Khan joyfully tweeted, “Today was our #BiryaniSupperclub. I was so happy that #CalcuttaDum Biryani was served to Paul.”
Darjeeling Express was opened in Soho in 2017 by Khan. It has since moved to Covent Garden. The kitchen is entirely staffed by women who are not professional cooks. Since becoming the first British chef to appear on the Netflix series “Chef’s Table”, Khan has enjoyed hosting celebrities and full houses. Sadiq Khan is the most frequent guest.
As was to be expected Khan’s Paul Rudd tweet triggered a frenzy of Twitter activity. She tweeted in response to one of her followers: “It was relief!” 70 people had been fed. After the main course has been served, I sit on the steps outside the dining area and chat with guests. Paul sat with me on the stairs.” Rudd had previously visited the restaurant on August 1st. Dan Levy, a Emmy-awarded Canadian sitcom star (David Rose from ‘Schitt’s Creek), joined him. They shared a ‘thali’ filled with peas pulao, mutton curry, and pooris. Levy quickly captured the moment on Instagram and wrote: “Thanks for a truly memorable dinner.” The love is evident. Khan studied at La Martiniere School in Kolkata and moved to Cambridge with her husband (an academic) after she got married in 1991.
She went on to complete her doctoral studies at King’s College, London. Khan decided to pursue law and academics instead. She started by hosting private dinner clubs in her London home. In 2015, Khan moved to a Soho bar where she would serve lunches.