I had fallen for the oft-used quote "Yes it's expensive - but it's worth it" line usually attached to questions about the Taj Brasserie in Winterbourne. And to be fair when I've eaten there before it has been expensive and it has been worth it. Apart from the ridiculous levels of attention from way to many waiters for one table of 4, due to the lack of customers, it was fine.
Last weekend however it was the other end of the scale. Right from the initial welcome (or rather lack of it - we weren't even offered a drink whilst we waited for our table, despite arriving on time) it was apparent that this restaurant can't cope comfortably with the large number of diners they had in. Rude staff, a loud speaker right by the table belting out bloody Happy Birthday numerous times, and we waited well over 90 minutes for our main course - we'd been forgotten - and the service at the table was laughable. Waiters interrupted our conversation and shouted across the table to members of our party looking as if they really didn't want us to be there. On my way back from the bar I was nearly body-checked by a rushing waiter who glared at me as I jumped out of his way. My brother was visiting from abroad and he craves good quality curry in a nice environment - sadly this wasn't it!
I certainly won't be going there again - interestingly I didn't see any 'Winterbourne faces' in there that evening that I recognised... wonder if that's telling? OK the food was good but it certainly wasn't good enough to take away the bad taste left our mouths. I'd go somewhere else there's certainly enough choice.