Thursday 14 February 2008 11.48am
I went to the Bengal Clipper
last night with five colleagues. Maybe not being suited and booted was the problem, but as soon as we walked in the door it went from bad to worse.
The waiter refused to take orders for our main course, insisting on taking starters only at first. He walked around the table virtually demanding to know what we wanted, shouting 'next' between each person.
The starters arrived - my chicken was tasteless and mediocre to say the least. The plates were virtually snatched from us seconds after we put our cutlery down, and off they rushed again without the chance of ordering main course.
Finally we persuaded a waiter to take our main course order. All the dishes arrived within 15-20 minutes, and were randomly chucked on the table without a care for who ordered what.
Again once we'd just about finished our main course, we were asked if we were ok and wanted a taxi. This continued for the next twenty minutes whilst we finished our drinks and chatted, with sometimes the same waiter reappearing within 2-3 minutes asking if he could order us a taxi.
The service was absolutely atrocious - I've never been treated so badly in a restaurant in London. The food was nothing special, and by the time I'd paid the nearly £200 bill I was feeling a little short changed on my experience.
I'll try and give them another chance sometime, perhaps if I put a suit on instead of smart casual they'll treat me with a little more respect.