West orders takeaway to be flown to NY

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 March, 2007, 12:00am

If Kanye West were to walk into the British Raj's dining room and order dinner, it would cost the rapper less than #10 (HK$152). But since the restaurant is delivering - from Wales to New York - it's going to cost a bit more.

For a feast of onion bhajees, chapati breads, biryanis, pappadums, a specially prepared fish dish and vegetables on the side, the bill will top #2,000, plus travel and accommodation for the restaurant's head chef.

The meal was requested for West and seven guests by a music promotion company, the restaurant said on Sunday. The company had previously ordered food from the restaurant near Cardiff, Wales, for an after-show party for a Snoop Dogg concert in London.

But this is different. Normally, they don't deliver outside a five-kilometre radius of the restaurant, which is about 240km west of London.

'I was horrified when I heard about this request because of the distance involved,' head waiter Tarik Mohammed said. 'It's a long way, and our reputation is on the line. We are doing everything to make sure the food gets there safely and everything is above board.'

The meal, which will be prepared, cooled, shrink-wrapped and packed in dry ice in the British Raj's kitchens - along with head chef Kaysor Ahmed - will be sent by helicopter from Wales to London's Heathrow Airport today.

From there, the chef is to hop a flight to New York - monitoring the food's temperature all the way - clear Customs, and head for Manhattan, where the meal is to be served during a meeting tomorrow.

The fee was arrived at by estimating the restaurant's takings for two evenings, the time Ahmed will be away, Mohammed said.

'If Kanye was to come into the restaurant it would be a straight #8.95 a head,' he added.

Associated Press

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