A new restaurant has received backlash after revealing a dress code that asks women to wear ‘sexy black ankle strap heels with a tight top’ or ‘tight dresses’.
Beluga Bar, in Leatherhead, Surrey, is due to open this week and serves Japanese cuisine as well as £45 caviar and £15 crab salads.
A Facebook post on their page from last week reads: “IT’S OFFICIAL NOW!!! BELUGA OPENS RESERVATIONS FROM 02/11/22, CALL US ON THE NUMBER BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR TABLE. (T&Cs APPLY)”
Many called the restaurant and bar “disconnected” and others shared screenshots of the dress code.
The restaurant and bar claim to be ‘selective’ and only allow people to come if they are on the ‘guest list’, which is ‘strictly for invitations’.
Regarding the dress code, it says: “Dress code is smart casual with men’s jackets, no tracksuits, no t-shirts and women can wear skinny jeans with sexy black strappy heels at the ankle and with a tight top.
“Alternatively, there are many types of dresses that would look good in a bar in summer or winter, namely midi or bodycon dresses.”
To enter our room, you must be on the guest list.
Beluga staff and security will not allow you entry if you simply show up.
Our guest list is strictly by invitation only.
A member of our team will contact you to confirm that you are on the guest list and inform you of all the details of the night.
The dress code is smart casual with men’s jackets, no tracksuits, no t-shirts and women can wear skinny jeans with sexy black ankle strap heels and a tight top.
Alternatively, there are many types of dresses that would look great in a bar in summer or winter, namely midi or bodycon dresses.
Everyone is welcome in the resto-bar, but you will not be allowed in if you are wearing hoodies, sneakers, shorts, flip-flops or any other sports clothing.
Do not arrive on the premises intoxicated. You will be turned away.
Be polite to the door staff – any aggression or rudeness will not work in your favour!
At the door, be sure to tell the staff that you are on the guest list and give the names. All guests MUST bring ID.
If even a guest of a group does not have ID, they WILL be refused.
Entry to the bar and restaurant is by invitation only.
Management reserves the right to refuse entry even if you have a reservation.
Although we select the people we invite from our guest list, being on the guest list is not a guarantee that you will enter the room. All sites reserve the right of admission.
One furious commenter wrote: “Your dress code is disgusting and sexist! You should be ashamed…lots of people will boycott.”
Another added: “Never in a million years! Your dress code is terribly misogynistic. If this is how you treat your customers, I pity your employees.
“Your antiquated attitude is shocking, disgusting and unwelcome. Head to the local band I Live in Bookham to see the reaction of others too. Shame on you all.”
One said: “Very 1980s strip club dress code. I won’t be coming anytime soon.”
The restaurant and bar also have a no “hoodies, sneakers, shorts or flip flops” rule.
Following the outrage, the terms and conditions appear to have disappeared from the restaurant’s page and website.
The bar describes itself online as “located in the heart of the town center in the affluent, leafy suburb of Leatherhead”.
He adds: “The Beluga is a modern and stylish place to enjoy an evening of fine dining, exciting cocktails with the best DJs in house and music to stimulate your senses.
“Our award-winning chefs have crafted an electric menu, which will take the city by storm, chefs are behind our innovative menus, while our talented mixologists drive Surrey’s cocktail culture forward with exciting ingredients and creations. .
“Relax in our luxurious art deco restaurant and indulge in our exceptional Beluga sushi menu. It’s a taste sensation!”
The Mirror has contacted Beluga Bar for comment.
The restaurant and bar have since uploaded an apology to Instagram.
It reads: “Beluga is currently not for sale and we are undertaking the final touches before opening.
“We are extremely passionate about bringing the gig to life at a high quality sushi restaurant and bar in Leatherhead town center and making a positive impact on the community.
“We look forward to welcoming you to the Beluga for our gentle opening day, this Friday February 11 at 6 p.m.
“Once again, we wholeheartedly apologize for any offense and upset we have caused.”