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Black Sesame Kitchen

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Houhai
As featured in Best Food in Beijing
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No.28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100000, China
13691474408
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7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: We are a reservations-only dining experience offering a set menu of ten...
We are a reservations-only dining experience offering a set menu of ten courses and two wine pairings in an open kitchen where you'll learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Amazing food & hosts - great experience!

Have been to Black Sesame Kitchen three times now and make it a regular every time I visit Beijing. There is always a good selection of different (traditional) Chinese dishes and their signature sesame desert is killer! Hosts, especially Coco, are absolutely wonderful!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Tim J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have been to Black Sesame Kitchen three times now and make it a regular every time I visit Beijing. There is always a good selection of different (traditional) Chinese dishes and their signature sesame desert is killer! Hosts, especially Coco, are absolutely wonderful!

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Thank Tim J
Ulsan, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is difficult to find this place, after that the taxi driver dropped me off nowhere, I was giving up. I called the restaurant to cancel my reservation but a person from the staff asked me where I was and with my surprise they sent a guy with scooter to pick me up. The restaurant is great, it is like... More 

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Prague
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was traveling alone and made arrangements long in advance to visit Black Sesame Kitchen. Coco (the lady behind the establishment) could not be more accommodating prior to and during my visit and the food was lovely. As you might be aware, this is a community dining place, not exactly a restaurant. Twice a week strangers gather around one table... More 

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Thank Zuzi2012
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent communication and emails from Coco meant that my taxi knew exactly where to find the futon, hidden down a long alley. Coco was a great host, warm and interesting. The mix of people round the table (French, Dutch, Romanian and me a Brit) made for lively chat and the food kept coming. The dishes were really tasty and Coco... More 

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Thank IanJohnson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun. No matter if your a single. Couples or a group. All good fun. Learn some basic Chinese food prep tricks (and how much oil goes into the dishes). Good fun.

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Thank Ham M
Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend recommended the place, hard to find and food is excellent without being over pretences. But the concept is unique since you fine with complete strangers, and surprises are around the corner, I dinned with the son in law of a business colleague who lives in London Small small world Give it a try, it has a 8-10 course... More 

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Thank Hector D
Elazig, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I didnt like stile of plate but food was ok not bed normall quality.there is is kind personel good staf friendly people

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Thank Sertan Y
Naples, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being way away from home everybody here made us feel so welcome. Fantastic service and even better food.

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Thank Barbara K
Chongqing, China
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

environment is so nice.very happy in restaurant, each of us like the food. if it can cheaper ,it is perfect. environment is so nice.very happy in restaurant, each of us like the food. if it can cheaper ,it is perfect. environment is so nice.very happy in restaurant, each of us like the food. if it can cheaper ,it is perfect.

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Thank Wenyu J
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by the food after a workshop with a local, professional chef the day before. I agree with Winnie W's assessment of the food on Nov 2015. The concept and location is appealing for tourists- our menu was almost exactly the same as the suggested menu on-line and our local tour guide was puzzled as to why... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100000, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighborhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: 13691474408

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

We are a reservations-only dining experience offering a set menu of ten courses and two wine pairings in an open kitchen where you'll learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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