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Black Sesame Kitchen

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Houhai
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No.3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District | Nanluoguxiang, Beijing 903, China
13691474408
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10:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 14
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  • 6
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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
Fabulous food, fantastic atmosphere

A small home based venue. No choice on the menu but everything was fabulous, beautifully prepared and presented. The guests all sat at the same table so it was easy to meet and chat to people. Wine was included. A little tricker to find but our hostess came out to the hutong to meet us and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Judith M
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St. John's, Canada
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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St. John's, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

A small home based venue. No choice on the menu but everything was fabulous, beautifully prepared and presented. The guests all sat at the same table so it was easy to meet and chat to people. Wine was included. A little tricker to find but our hostess came out to the hutong to meet us and guide us in. Really... More 

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We were in BSK's original restaurant (they now have 3). They have 2 large shared tables of which one is right next to the cooking area. They have installed a mirror at an angle so you can see into the cooking pans from your seat. The food was very tasty and interesting, and not too challenging for westerners. We especially... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The experience was fun. Food is ok and the place and ambiance is good for visiting with friends. You can of course go just by yourself and try out another communal experience which is quite unique in Beijing.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is by far one of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had anywhere in the world. I consider myself first of all well traveled and second of all a foodie and this tops all. The Eggplant was the best vegetable dish I've ever had and the pork and pumpkin dumplings were spectacular. Also great for the price. $60 per... More 

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outer mongolia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We were a party of nine and this was, for me, a chance to show my immediate family the highlights of China. I had a career that caused me to take many trips to China beginning in 1976/Beijing. We had children and their spouses and grandchildren on board. Our daughter in law is a Cordon Bleu trained New York City... More 

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Washington D.C.
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Like the other reviews, I have only good things to say about Black Sesame Kitchen, and encourage visitors to definitely eat there. Yes, it's hard to find and the Google Map location does not match the actual location; but once you are close, the staff will come out and find you. Attending the Black Sesame Kitchen is a down-to-earth, simple... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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57 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I mean WOW. One of the best dinner I ever had in a restaurant, period. Coco our waitress was waiting for us at a crossroad and led us to the restaurant. It is indeed a communal place with only one table that was set for us. The ten course was truly amazing. Let me tell you a little bit about... More 

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Turku
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I really like the idea of communal dinner. I am a regular visitor to beijing. I sometimes travel alone and i hate to have to go out to eat alone in china. The big table was full and we had good time chatting and eating together. The food was excellent and the menu well thought. My favorite was the five... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Coco our waitress was very good. The 10 course dinner was at 300rmb per head. The only fault was it was hard to find.

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We really enjoyed our meal at Black Sesame. The food was very traditional Chinese and introduced us to flavor profiles and ingredients that we had never experienced before. For example, the black sesame ice cream with caramelized sweet potatoes shocked and awed!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District | Nanluoguxiang, Beijing 903, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighborhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: 13691474408

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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