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  • A restaurant apologised for releasing a dress code asking women to wear tight tops and "sexy" heels.
  • It said that men couldn't wear tracksuits or T-shirts.
  • Following online backlash, the UK restaurant said it had mistakenly published the policy.
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A UK restaurant has apologised for publishing a dress code that social-media users have criticised as "sexist."

Beluga, a high-end sushi restaurant in Surrey, UK, suggested that women wear "skinny jeans with sexy black ankle-strap heels and with a form-fitting top," as per media reports. The restaurant is due to open on Friday.

"Alternatively, there are many different types of dresses that would look good at a bar in the summer or winter, namely a midi or bodycon dresses," the restaurant said in a terms and conditions document published on Tuesday.

It added that its dress code was smart casual and that men couldn't wear tracksuits or T-shirts.

Beluga issued an apology for the policy on Wednesday after receiving a huge online backlash.

"The description was inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive and does not reflect the image we're seeking to promote," the restaurant said in an Instagram post. It added that the rules were "mistakenly" published.

"We wish to clarify that our policy is a smart dress code for men and women," it said.

The restaurant disabled comments on the post, but social-media users have flocked to other posts on its Instagram and Facebook to criticise the policy. Some said that they would refuse to visit Beluga and urged other people to boycott it.

"What self-respecting woman would ever want to set foot in your restaurant?!" one commenter wrote

"When we want advice on what to wear, we'll let you know, meanwhile stick to serving up your overpriced and over rated grub," another comment read.

According to The Mirror, Beluga also said that entry to the bar and restaurant was by invitation only.


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