'Shocked' Bondi backpacker speaks out over outfit controversy

Kamilia Palu
·News Editor
·2-min read

An Italian backpacker who was asked to leave a Bondi restaurant due to the outfit she was wearing has broken her silence after the eatery issued an apology.

Martina Corradi was told by staff at North Bondi Fish that her outfit - consisting of linen pants, high heels and a lace bralette-style top - was “inappropriate”, leaving her feeling humiliated.

The incident went viral last week after Ms Corradi took to Facebook to share her experience in a local community group, and ask whether or not she was in the wrong.

“The waitress - as soon as I took a seat - she said that I’m not well dressed and this is not acceptable to stay in a place like that,” she wrote.

“Me and my boyfriend looked at her and we didn’t know what to say. We were shocked.”

Italian backpacker Martina Corradi was asked to leave North Bondi Fish restaurant over her choice of clothes.
Martina Corradi was asked to leave the restaurant because her outfit was deemed 'inappropriate'. She wears the same top in another photo on her Instagram page. Source: Instagram/_martinacorradi

On Facebook, most people believed what Ms Corradi wore to the restaurant was fine.

“There is nothing inappropriate in this apparel. Sorry you were made to feel uncomfortable,” one man wrote.

Others commented that her top resembled lingerie, and perhaps that was why the restaurant asked her to cover up or leave.

Restaurant apologises over incident

North Bondi Fish did not respond to Yahoo News Australia’s request for comment, however they did issue a grovelling apology to Ms Corrandi after backlash on social media.

“We have reviewed the incident and acknowledge that it was an error of judgment to ask Martina and her partner to leave the restaurant,” North Bondi Fish general manager Gemma Swanson told the Daily Mail.

“We have since contacted Martina, apologised for the error in judgment and invited her and her partner back to enjoy lunch or dinner on us.

“We uphold a casual dress code and it is clear that Martina should not have been asked to leave.”

She added that all staff will be retrained on protocols, including the dress code.

The exterior of North Bondi Fish restaurant in Bondi. Source: Google Maps
North Bondi Fish restaurant have since issued a public apology to the tourist. Source: Google Maps

Tourist responds to venue’s apology

Despite being “embarrassed and offended” by the restaurant’s actions, Ms Corrandi said she accepts the apology and even plans to return to the venue in the future.

“I’m saying to everyone, I’m fine I’m happy and I had amazing day,” she told news.com.au.

“I had a lot of support from a lot of people that I don’t even know.

“I had never been to NBF, I will probably go back. I have nothing against them. It’s all good really. They’ve been very kind after all.”

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