‘I ordered ‘tuna tartare’ and received a $18 plate of canned tuna with chips’

Toronto real estate agent Sophie Bokelmann recently encountered a rather unusual culinary situation. Sophie, who is known for sharing glimpses of her everyday life on TikTok, couldn’t resist sharing her dining adventure at a local restaurant, although she chose to keep the establishment’s name a secret.

In a TikTok video posted on August 27, which has since gone viral with over 1.4 million views, Sophie narrated her perplexing experience.

She began, “OK, is inflation that bad? I just went to a restaurant in between showings, and I asked the waitress … for something light, nothing too heavy.”


I am shaken 😂

♬ original sound – Sophie Bokelmann

Anticipating a delectable serving of tuna tartare, a classic dish known for its raw tuna adorned with lemon juice, olive oil, and avocado, Bokelmann excitedly awaited her tantalizing meal.

To her astonishment, what arrived at her table left her profoundly “shaken,” as she described it.

“They gave me a can of tuna and potato chips,” exclaimed Bokelmann, her disbelief evident. “They didn’t even take the tuna out of the can.”

“Fully cooked tuna, too,” she added, her disappointment evident as she pointed out the $18 price. “Are you joking? I am shocked.”

The Post attempted to contact Bokelmann for her perspective.

In an interview with Insider, Bokelmann opted not to disclose the restaurant’s name, explaining that she didn’t want to damage its reputation.

Nevertheless, she didn’t hold back in expressing her strong aversion to the unusual meal.

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Sophie Bokelmann, a realtor in Toronto, said she ordered “tuna tartare,” only to receive cooked tuna in a can with potato chips.

“I’m not the person who would ever send something back, but I was like, ‘This is so gross,’” she disclosed, mentioning that the waitress eventually substituted it with a side of bread.

The video sparked a flurry of activity in the comments section, as viewers tried to sleuth out the restaurant responsible.

Two nearby establishments, Bar Raval and Bar Isabel, faced speculation, but representatives from both promptly disassociated themselves from the perplexing canned-meat incident.

Alessandro Pietropaolo, a partner at Bar Isabel, clarified that his establishment does not include canned seafood in their menu offerings, putting an end to any unfounded rumors.

Bokelmann indirectly conveyed her decision to never patronize the restaurant in question again.

She remarked, “I don’t think I’ll ever order fish again; I’m genuinely traumatized. And if they happen to come across my post, I doubt I can return, but that’s fine.”

On TikTok, commenters expressed their surprise and confusion, with some stating they would have declined the dish outright, while others characterized it as a “struggle meal.”

One TikTok user humorously noted, The sprinkled green onion just adds to the absurdity.”

Another commented, “And she even recommended it,” highlighting that the dish had been suggested by the restaurant’s employees.

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Bokelmann claims she sent the dish back and received a side of bread instead.

Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that in Spain, combining tinned seafood with potato chips is a culinary pairing that is considered “not uncommon,” as reported by Eater.

This combination has even received praise from renowned chefs like José Andrés.

Additionally, a significant portion of tinned food products imported to Canada originates from Spain.

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