“Tom Cruise ordered two servings of Chicken Tikka Masala” links

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Tom Cruise went to an Indian restaurant and ate two orders of Chicken Tikka Masala. I wouldn’t think that Cruise could handle spice, but I guess he can. [Dlisted]
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  1. Maria says:

    Chicken tikka masala is my favorite (Although I like other spicier more complicated and more authentically Indian dishes too…but for a cheat it’s my favorite, lol). I could eat nine servings. But I have to abstain most of the time for weight reasons. Once every two months I’ll order it (one order of it…which from a restaurant is probably two servings!)

  2. anon says:

    Chicken Tikka Masala is the dish I always recommend to white people who’ve never had Indian food before. It’s usually pretty mild and always delicious.

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      Where I get it they ask you how spicy you want it on a scale from 1-5. My husband eats a 5. I get a 2. Now I want some but I have no clue if the restaurant is still in business because their main business is lunch from surrounding business plazas. My kid won’t eat Indian so I haven’t had it since the beginning of the pandemic. I know what I’m getting when the kid goes back to school.

    • Mary Mae says:

      When I was living in the UK, I caught a documentary that featured Indians moving to the UK and starting restaurants, I think in the 1950s. Apparently they created the dish to appeal to UK citizens who weren’t big on spicy foods to survive and then detailed how it has thrived since then. So basically you’re carrying on a tradition…

      • Maria says:

        Yes, I think it was originally invented by Ali Ahmed Aslam in the Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, although there are others in the UK who claim it.

        Butter chicken is similar but was actually invented in Delhi so it’s more authentically Indian.

        Both are insanely delicious!

    • XoXo says:

      That’s because chicken tikka masala is an Anglo-India dish in the first place. It was invented in Britain with a veteran’s input who was in India back in the colonial days. He thought his curry was too dry, so he asked the India chef to improve the flavour, and voila, chicken tikka masala was born.

    • Mark says:

      So what do you recommend to people of color who’ve never had Indian food??

    • Mark says:

      So what do you recommend to people of color that have never had Indian food?

    • Jules says:

      Do you have different recommendations for Asian people, and Native Americans? Asking for a friend.

    • TabithaD says:

      Also, if you’ve never had Indian food at all, try and find a place that does Thali, as that’s a selection of different small dishes (plus rice and bread and pickle), so you can sample different things.
      Indian food is also brilliant for vegetarians!

    • Jo73c says:

      LOL, as a (white) person who enjoys very spicy food, I find CTM a bit dull and would always go for something more complex. My OH, who is half Sri Lankan loves it as his comfort food.

      Personally I’d make my recommendation based on the predominant spices, what meat or vegetable they wanted, and whether they would prefer the lighter coconut based sauce of a Goan style curry, or a rich northern style like Laal Maas (my personal favourite!)

  3. Bryn says:

    His face looks….strange.

    • Mary Mae says:

      He looks happy for once. Good food and a full belly can do that. Send that man more Chicken Tikka!

      • Alex says:

        Mary Mae, it’s face fillers you sweet, sweet woman. Also he’s a self-obsesses cultist, calm down.

    • Truthiness says:

      I think he’s on his 3rd face of the last 5 or 6 years, for a while he had so much extra cheek volume he looked like a chipmunk. They removed …a lot.

    • Snappyfish says:

      His face DOES look strange

    • Lauren R says:

      Are we sure that is actually Tom Cruise? The smile and teeth don’t look right.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        yeah, usually he’s got a big sh*t-eating grin, esp when he poses for pics like this.

        he DOES look weird.

        oh, and PS to the people being like “well, he’s nice to fans, so there’s that”…but he treats “the help”, that is, the slaves that work for Co$ and do work/home renovations etc for him FOR FREE, like crap. when someone is nice to you (the fan) but rude to the help, that person is NOT A NICE PERSON.

        F*CK Tommy boy and his cult.

      • lucy2 says:

        He does look strange in that one photo.
        It’s funny, for all the subtle work he’s been getting done over the years, all of a sudden looks his age again. But with a bit of weirdness.

  4. Lucy says:

    It appears The Rolling Stones’s drummer Charlie Watts has passed away at 80. Very sad.

  5. Charfromdarock says:

    This is the most I’ve ever related to Tom Cruise.

  6. Tiffany :) says:

    Did you guys hear about the WaPo writer that said in an article about food you can’t make him like that Indian food all revolved around 1 spice (?!?!?!!?!). He got blasted, as he should’ve been, and then changed the original article so that it now reads as 1 dish (“curry”), not 1 spice. Then he tweeted that he stands by his original article. If he stands by it, why did he edit it after he got called out?

    TC’s double serving of Tikka kind of helps right that culinary wrong, just a teeny tiny itty bitty bit.

    • manda says:

      It’s shocking to me that someone like that could actually land a job as a food critic. That seems like you’re having a picky baby do the job. It’s also annoying how weirdly proud he was of his stance. Like, I am a picky eater and don’t like a lot of things, and I certainly don’t whine about them to whoever will listen. Just so weird. And about the Indian food specifically–I read an article once that Indian food is scientifically the most flavorful or something like that, like it had such a wide array of spices or differing combinations. I personally LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It’s my second favorite buffet (behind breakfast, which, doubt I’ll ever do either ever again, le sigh)

    • Jenn says:

      Oh boy, I wish I hadn’t looked this up. It’s genuinely offensive and lazy (under the guise of “humor,” so I’m sure John Cleese will be phoning him soon, Zzzz). Guess WaPo was tired of NYTimes having all the worst trend pieces?

  7. Becks1 says:

    I love Indian food. i’m trying to learn to cook it myself and to learn about the different regions etc. It’s a little overwhelming but I love Madhur Jaffrey – I have her first cookbook which is from the 70s and that’s a little intense lol but she has a new instant pot (relatively new I guess) cookbook out and its so good. The butter chicken recipe in that is insanely good. But that’s part of why I love Indian buffets so much, so I can try some of everything.

    All that to say that if I were Tom Cruise I’d probably order two servings too.

    • Becks1 says:

      Can I also say that one of the things I like about this story is that it’s proof Tom liked the restaurant? Like had he just gone and said “this is excellent thank you I really enjoyed it” I don’t think it would have gotten the same attention as him ordering a second serving, and now the restaurant can say “so good Tom Cruise had seconds!” etc.

      • manda says:

        I feel like, for as much as he gets pegged a weirdo, there always seem to be stories of him being decent to people. I appreciate that about him

    • Maria says:

      Making it at home is so complicated for me because I usually have my favorite varieties from various restaurants near me that I’m trying to emulate, but every restaurant has their own version of tikka masala and other dishes, and almost every recipe is different, so it’s almost impossible, lol.
      Which is just as well since it’s best for my waistline (if not my mouth) that many Indian meals are not within my reach every day!

      • Busybody says:

        My family also loves Indian food, so I have been trying to learn to cook it during the Pandemic. I’m a good cook of many cuisines, but the Indian spice profile isn’t intuitive to me and I have to follow a recipe. I’ve been using the Ministry of Curry blog to great success!

    • XoXo says:

      Weirdly, I am looking forward to how they would reinvent coronation chicken or create a new curry, when Charles ascends the throne.

    • Bros says:

      Check out camilla panjabi’s 50 indian curries. Great book, plus more than curry. I cook indian food several times a month, from scratch. Persian husband and it’s just
      Slightly less work than persian food 🤣

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Thank you for the book recommendation.

        Sabzi Polo is the only Persian dish I’ve made so far.

    • Jaded says:

      Madhur Jaffrey is the best, I have a couple of her cookbooks and rotate a number of recipes.

  8. manda says:

    Yum people in the UK are so lucky they have Indian food like every where they go. There is a wrap place called wrap it up and I still think about a chicken tikka wrap I had there, like ten years ago. I cannot get it very conveniently where I live, so anytime I visit friends, that is my go to!

    • Jenn says:

      Oh gosh. When I was 16ish I spent a summer taking classes “abroad” and started going to a sandwich shop in Cambridge every day for a chicken tikka sandwich. I was obsessed. (In retrospect it was probably more like a coronation chicken salad sandwich, which I think is also a UK thing, but they appear to still serve one such sandwich at 3rd Coast Cafe in Chicago, should you ever happen to be nearby.)

  9. Gippy says:

    I haven’t been to India sadly, but in the UK the Indian food so much better than what I can get in the US. Reminded me a bit of how the USA does Mexican food. I can’t handle spice and I love tikka, I think it tends to be mild or you can request a lower spice level.

    • Fortuona says:

      Well if Ali Ahmed Aslam is to be believed some guy came in to his place with an ulcer and asked him to tone in down a bit

    • The Recluse says:

      DC used to have good Indian food restaurants in the area. None were near where I lived though…sigh, so I couldn’t just go down the road to get any.

    • Kcat says:

      When I was in India for a week I gained like 5 lbs. I ate curry three times a day, with ALL the breads. Naan, paratha, yummmmm.

  10. UndineSpragg's Vanity says:

    I wonder if the people on Twitter applauding his bravery for eating 2 servings of chicken tikka masala have ever tried real Indian food. The dish is so mild that I as an Indian origin person consider it white people food. I always take my British friends to proper South Indian restaurants in London when they claim they love Indian food to see if they can walk the talk.

    • Fortuona says:

      But an Indian (well Bengali) invented the thing . Or do they not count as they not count as they are from the North

      Same as Balti being such a big thing here

    • clomo says:

      I spent time in Kerala and they have basically the Wall Street of spice, people on phones deciding the prices of all of the most delicious spices in Kochi, the smells are amazing there. And the tea plantations in the hills above are so scenic, I love India.

  11. Kkat says:

    I’m in southern California and my parents live in Artesia, which is nicknamed Little India
    So lots of yummy indian food for me 😍

  12. Susan says:

    I thought the shock was less that he ordered Indian food but more that he ordered two meals of it. One right after the other. But I view Tom as a very “all in,” “all out” kinda guy. Probably does that intermittent fasting where you eat one meal a day or something like that. 1st

  13. fifee says:

    Tikka masala is mild, but I cant see him opting for something with more heat for some reason.

    Since moving to rural France I havent had anything remotely spicy, most foods that claim to be hot/spicy are tempered to the “delicate” French palate and are nothing of the sort lol This Friday however Im having a beef Madras from a small local company that works with the Birmingham Curry Council (not sure if thats correct, its something like that) and I cannot wait, hope it exceeds my expectations in both taste and heat!

  14. SusanRagain says:

    Tom Cruise. Mmm, I wish he’d openly denounce CoS. Just do it, man.
    He is slightly younger than I, and I used to really look forward to a new TC movie.

    As he closes in on 60 y/o it would be fabulous if he told CoS to kiss my a**!
    Not getting any younger, just do it, and walk away.

    TC does have a rep of being polite with fans, so I’ll give him that.

    As far as food? Medium level spicy almost anything and I’m buying. 😀

  15. MangoAngelesque says:

    Are they sure that’s Tom? Even his nose is shaped differently, not to mention the miuth and teeth… no amount of fillers or Botox does that.

    That looks like a guy who can pass for Tom with a mask on, but that’s as far as he can take it.

  16. Pork chops & Apple sauce says:

    Tikka Masala is SO good, and yes it has spice but Vindaloo is the one that makes your head turn red and your throat shut down.
    I feel certain that white boy Tommy C. can handle the TM, he’s been an international citizen for a long time!