Courtesan 1

69 Atlantic Road , London, SW9 8PU

1 reviews

22 Bars Dim Sum Stockwell

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

SquareMeal Review of Courtesan

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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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Brixton Tube Station 293m

Brixton Station 369m


Address: 69 Atlantic Road , London SW9 8PU

Area: Stockwell

Opening times

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

Nearby Landmarks

Ritzy Cinema 231m

The Fridge 409m


Telephone: 020 8127 8677


Cuisine: Bars Dim Sum


Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Rebecca L. 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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