Courtesan

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Dim Sum
Courtesan offers the finest modern Dim Sum and carefully selected teas, wines and cocktails for discerning ladies and gentlemen of adventure.
We welcome you into the Court of the Courtesan to delight in the fineries of the Empire of China and be enchanted by her celebration of female talent.
DimSum that touches the heart is created by Fengjuan Xue, one of the very few female DimSum head chefs abetted by four award winning female dessert chefs.
In embodying female talent the Courtesan also boasts the worlds only female wine and spirits listing which are made or owned by women.
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TC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a hidden gem - everything was spot on! Definitely returning again!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Fantastic singing, very good food. Will be back!

KG
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It's my fourth time here in under two months, so clearly I like the restaurant. This time I would say the food was good, but not outstanding so hopefully standards aren't slipping. Some in my party weren't that keen or impressed with it. Service was good. It was a bit disappointing that the Burlesque show didn't start at 10pm as expected. We left shortly after 10pm. The restaurant was not busy, which was surprising for a Saturday night.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Great dim sum.

L
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good but service was terrible. A real shame because the place had a nice buzz. Ok if your'e not in a rush or hungry!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place, with a genuine retro feel and look. Food was excellent and service was excellent and friendly. Will go back.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s become our regular local dim sum place. Delicious food and very good service! Thank you!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab restaurant, super lovely staff and delicious food, cocktails & wine. And amazing decor!

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A perfect date venue, great atmosphere, friendly staff, good range of dishes (even for veggies). We didn't know what to order so simply asked for a selection of veggie dishes of their choice. We were not disappointed. The fabulous burlesque performer topped our evening off perfectly and was a great talking point! Will definitely be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The place has potential but Is just amature. The service was poor - our waiter couldn't tell us what dim sum he was delivering, and the drinks we ordered after sitting down didn't arrive be till half way through the meal.
The food was average.
We were there in a Friday night and there was entertainment. Could be cute but just felt like the place was trying to do everything and not winning at anything.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is such a unique and well hidden gem. Service is always friendly and never rushed and the pinched crab dumplings are insanely good. The cocktail list is also a bibulous delight.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place with plenty of choice in dim sum and had Peking duck on the menu too!

N
London
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely dim sum, ambience and great service. Great for date night or a natter with friends!

AC
London
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Second time and bit underwhelmed of the vibe on a cold Monday night... but that should be expected. Great cocktails.
A bit hit or miss on some of the dishes but overall good.

KR
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very average. The food was a disappointment as was the restaurant as a whole. Too expensive for what it is.

t
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food is average but service was absolutely shocking. We waited far too long to order drinks/food initially. Once our food had been served, no one came over to ask if we wanted more drinks during our meal. Trying to get the attention of the staff was impossible, they were too busy chatting/making cocktails with their back to the room. The waiter then forgot we had asked for the bill and took an age to take our payment. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Decent food, quirky ambience and a charming burlesque show. It had ingredients for a perfect date night. The food could have a notch better and so could have been the service - they forgot to inform that kitchen was closing.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Terrible service, the manager got a lot of the order wrong which was a shame as the food is very good!

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went here for a date. Food was super filling, tasty and great value. I particularly enjoyed the fried squid and the Waygu beef sliders. Cocktail menu was lengthy & plenty to choose from. Such a great find in Brixton. I went for an early dinner when it was still quiet and it felt Romantic. Service was a little slow - but the food and ambience made up for it and we certainly didn't feel rushed. Will definitely be back again.

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was really nice but the service could do with being more attentive. They gradually cleared away our plates from the table without asking if we were finished or how the food was.

JL
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is my second visit and I was not disappointed. The food and cocktails are sublime. The decor is fantastic and all in all, a great place to spend my birthday.

Only slight issue was having to get up and walk to the bar to get the attention of the staff. Had they come to us, we probably would have ordered more food and drink. But that was the only minor comment.

B
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, brilliant service. Will definitely be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

An very unusual space with a small stage. Some seating small and interestingly shaped but added to the ambience of what was a very authentic dim sum restaurant. Food delicious but live singer was the ticket. Fabulous voice and operatic arias. A great programme and enthusiastically received.

J
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible terrible experience ! Extremely over priced for a bland, uninspired menu. Worse than that was the fact that we spent almost £60 on expensive cocktails which had watered down alcohol in them - three in and the only buzz I could feel was my blood sugar rising from the sugary concenrate juice used to make them. Very angered by our visit.

I
London
42 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Meal was good and pleasant service

WH
London
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Disappointing. Went because it was recommended as amongst the best dim sum in London. It was not. Surely service, below average food and not atmosphere.

Shame

AK
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great fun great food and great atmosphere. Service excellent, creative men and menu written will an enormous sense of fun

TF
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When booking I requested a certain table as it was where me and my boyfriend had our first date. It was his birthday so wanted the same one which they kindly kept for me. The food was amazing just as the last time. Service was amazing too as before.
What I love about this place too is the ambience in candle light and the decor and music. The tables are spaced out enough to enjoy a private conversation and it's a nice chilled out crowd.
I would highly recommend this place. The roasted pork bao and dumplings are so tasty.
Unassuming and a great place to go with friends or a date.

a
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Chefs are doing a great job, food was lovely. But the front of house staff let the show down, one in particular, who was obnoxious, abrupt and dismissive and actually sent us away telling us the kitchen was closed when it wasn't. We persevered by making a booking through opentable which he couldn't argue with.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice. Great food and good service. Will definitely come back.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Courtesan was really cute, a nice place to have a date and romantic. Really enjoyed our meal, dim sum were tasty but nothing outstanding. Nice to have a few unusual options on the menu. The cocktails were delicious. Overall, food good, service good - nothing amazing but really enjoyable. I'd come back for another date.

N
London
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great dim sum spot with great atmosphere, had issue with booking however manager accommodated. Will definitely return and recommend

e
London
20 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had dim sum for dinner on a busy Saturday night. I think they were a bit short-staffed on the night in question as we waited a long time for them to take our food order. Fortunately we had cocktails to keep us entertained in the meanwhile, which were creative and good. Once we ordered the food though, it came pretty quickly. Really good dim sum and we both enjoyed it. I would return again and hopefully the slow service was a one-off.

a
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing dumplings and chinese buns. Nice decor, authentic, antique wood tables. Service discreet and efficient. Very good Merlot.

AC
London
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Impressed by the all female concept of Courtesan! Lovely interior, which strangely I hear they will be renovating. Amazing cocktail list and a wonderful comprehensive dim sum menu. Great flavours on the vegetarian dumplings. Pork dishes also very good. Would recommend both for a date but also very fun with a group of friends. Only let down was the service which should have been more attentive.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Decent price

DE
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here was excellent along with the cocktails. Service could of felt friendlier.

i
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

a lovely sexy place in the heart of brixton. The dim sum are authentic and the cocktails are perfectly matched to the decadent theme!

EJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is the second time I have eaten in Courtesan and again I was not disappointed. The cocktails are perfect for after work wind-down (when you finally manage to choose one of the array available) food is excellent and the staff friendly. One of my party was a first time dim-sum diner and also found it delicious. A winner!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant in Brixton (one which takes bookings!!). Delicious food, good selection of different dishes and substantial portions. Definitely recommend for a dim sum fix!