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69 Atlantic Road , London, SW9 8PU

Courtesan London restaurant bar dumplings cocktails
Courtesan London restaurant bar dumplings cocktails
Courtesan London restaurant bar dumplings cocktails

SquareMeal Review of Courtesan

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Following a 2017 refurb, Brixton cocktail-slinger and dim-sum purveyor Courtesan has upped its game. A new distressed frontage and an exotic oriental ground-floor liquor lounge hint at steamy 1920s Hong Kong, while the film-noir basement bar (reached via a red neon-lit staircase) is the kind of trippy Beijing-style bordello that would excite David Lynch (he of Twin Peaks fame). Polished burlesque, quirky cabaret, jazz jams, all-girl DJ sets and sundry esoteric entertainments figure on an appealing bill – although the real stars are racy rinses and sexy stirs such as Raspberry Hanky-Panky or Treacherous Heart (plum wine, Cognac and red bean with a chilli hit). Made without MSG or preservatives, the long list of dim sum is a delight: order creamy salmon, pumpkin and courgette dumplings, teriyaki tofu, ‘magical mushroom bags’ or monk’s vegetables from a line-up that’s also big on bao buns (try the ‘naughty sausage’ version). Noodle and rice dishes appear alongside specials such as fiery deep-fried frog’s legs or peppered cashew-coated minced crab and prawn claws. Green, jasmine and gunpowder are top of the teas.

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Courtesan Location

69 Atlantic Road , London SW9 8PU

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-12M (Fri-Sat -2am)

Courtesan's Reviews


Food & Drink: 8.0


Service: 5.0


Atmosphere: 8.0


Value: 6.0


Food + drink: 4

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

Gold Reviewer
16 December 2015

I sometimes (often) feel very underwhelmed by dim sum served outside of Asia so didn't have high hopes for a restaurant in Brixton but I was pleasantly surprised. The soups in particular were very good and I enjoyed a few dumpling selections. In addition, there was a very nice desserts menu and I'd highly recommend the chocolate mango truffles. The service lacked a little but they did seem understaffed. Very much worth a visit for dim sum fans.

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