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One Direction support band 5 Seconds of Summer enjoy a spicy curry at the North East's leading restaurant ahead of a sell-out concert at Sunderland's Stadium of Light
The boy band – huge stars in their own right in their native Australia – enjoyed a meal at Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant in Gateshead, recently named the best in the North East at the British Curry Awards in London.
And the foursome, who were staying in Newcastle’s plush Hilton Hotel, declared the food “outstanding”
Manager Avi Malik said the group – Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Callum Hood and Ashton Irwin – were recognised by a female fan who was also eating at the restaurant on Monday evening.
“She approached them and asked to have her picture taken with them, and they were more than happy to oblige,” said Mr Malik.
He added: “I got talking to them later and they seemed like really nice guys. They were very interested in the food, and one of them even asked if we could do an extra spicy curry for him.
“One of our chefs made a special chilli sauce to accompany his meal and he was delighted.
“In fact, we received an order the following night from a crew member for the same dish. We don’t normally do takeaway meals but we made an exception on this occasion.
“We may have to put the special chilli sauce on the menu for our regular customers as it seemed to go down so well.”
The band, whose eponymous album was released earlier this month (May 13), hail from Sydney.
This is the second time they have toured with One Direction, having joined the
supergroup last year for their Take Me Home tour.
Wednesday night’s concert kicks off the English leg of the Where We Are tour.
The Down Under stars are by no means the first to enjoy Raval’s award-winning
Other pop star guests have included Sir Cliff Richard, girl group The Saturdays and punk rock heroes The Stranglers.
Meanwhile, England and Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer famously cooked for friends and family at the restaurant.
Raval was named ‘Best Restaurant in the North East’ at the prestigious British Curry Awards last November.
The accolade was presented by former England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward in the presence of Prime Minister David Cameron and host Chris Tarrant.