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Courtesan Opens in Brixton: Dim Sum and Lynchian Cabaret

SEEN hears that Courtesan, a newly refurbished dim sum restaurant, tea room, cocktail bar and late-night entertainment venue, is now open in Brixton. Boasting dramatic new interiors, food menu and (all-female produced) drinks menu, Courtesan promises the rituals of Ancient China with the atmosphere of ‘20s Shanghai.

Excitingly ‘Lynchian’ in its atmosphere and inspired by the courtesans of Ancient China, the venue is a heady mix of futurism and vintage femininity; neon lights, bright red graphics, jade velvet booths, silk lanterns, and Chinese artefacts seem to make the guests forget they’re even in London. Downstairs is set to disorient the late-night guest as they spy themselves in mirror installations and gaze at artistic optical illusions. Chinese erotica bedecks the walls, while red velvet cushions and pouffe seats continue the Lynchian aesthetic.

Dim Sum chef Feng Juan Xue will produce a contemporary and innovative menu using globally sourced ingredients, while honouring the regal origins of this delicious cuisine. Featuring Dim Sum, Noodle dishes, rice dishes, Bao buns, and a roster of changing specials, the food will eschew MSG and preservatives, priding itself on purity, freshness and free-from dairy, meat and gluten options.

These will include King Prawn and beancurd Cheung, Verdant Mezzalune, and Jerk Chicken Parcel and rice to name but three. The Courtesan bar will feature the world’s first ‘female’ wine and spirit list producing beverages grown or produced exclusively by women. As you might expect, the cocktail list is suitably heady and exotic: Opium – poppy liqueur, Alchermes, Martelli VSOP Cognac, lapsang Soiuchong Tea and Beetroot powder, or a China Ghost – Finalndia Vodka, Rose Liqueur, Lychee, Rose Peony Tea and Pomegranate Syrup.

To extend the ‘20s Shanghai aesthetic still further, Courtesan will be hosting various one-off’s and residencies to include Vintage Jazz ‘The Courtesan Club’ every Thursday; Burlesque cabaret every Saturday night; Female Vintage DJs every Friday night; and a queer cabaret night, The Shim-Sham Club. It all sounds utterly fabulous and a stunning addition to Brixton’s up and coming late-night scene.

69-73 Atlantic Road