HARRY Styles queued up for two hours without revealing who he was to get a table at a restaurant in Thailand so he could surprise his favourite chef he calls “mamma”.
The superstar is in the country on tour and met up with chef Joom, who welled up with tears of joy when she saw Harry, 29, again.
Harry Styles is in the country on tour and met up with chef Joom, who welled up with tears of joy when she saw the singer, 29, again.ViralPressHarry struck up an instant friendship with Joom, 65, when he first ate at Gedhawa in 2015
Exclusive photos show the pair posing in the restaurant after he tucked into a modest and traditional dinner which came to just 915 Baht – about £22.
The former One Direction frontman tucked into fish, sticky rice and salad at the humble restaurant in a side street in Bangkok, without security guards, just a couple of pals.
Harry struck up an instant friendship with Joom, 65, when he first ate at Gedhawa in 2015. He visited again on a world tour in 2018 and is in the city again for the latest leg of his “Love on Tour” concert.
Harry stunned staff when he arrived unannounced at the restaurant on Thursday night and had an emotional embrace with Joom, who welled up with tears when she saw Harry again.
Incredibly, staff said that Harry called the restaurant himself earlier in the day to make a reservation without revealing his identity but was told they were too busy.
Instead, he arrived at the tiny single-room cafe – where menus are hand-written on cardboard – and waited outside for two hours before there was space available.
After finishing the food, Harry posed for intimate pictures with Joom who endearingly calls Harry “my son”.
Joom told The Sun: “Harry doesn’t have a hint of arrogance. He’s so down-to-earth and sweet. I’m flattered that he likes my food.
“He is very sweet and approachable. He’s such a sweetheart and always comes to see me whenever he is in Thailand.
“The way he behaves when I first met him, until now, he is exactly the same. He hasn’t changed, he’s the same lovely person.
“There was no security when he came. I spoke to the waitress and they told me that he sat here at the restaurant for quite some time waiting for a table.
“He sat here for about two hours. There were so many customers then so I did not give him any special treatment, but he had no attitude. He is easygoing.
“Nobody crowded over him when he came here. He tries to sit and not attract attention. He stayed until all the customers left and we chatted like normal.”
Waitress Yui, 30, said that when Harry visited on previous occasions he had security and bodyguards with him. However, this time he came alone with a small group of friends.
She said: “They left a good tip and walked away on foot.”