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Black Sesame Kitchen

No.3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District | Nanluoguxiang, Beijing 903, China (Houhai)
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Ranked #2 of 9,429 restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Neighborhood: Houhai
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Neighborhood: Houhai
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London U.K
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We had read the reviews about this restaurant on tripadvisor so I emailed them about a week before we went and luckily they had space. A driver from our hotel took us & thank goodness he did, it would have taken us ages to find it as it is down a pedestrianised street & through a small courtyard, the entrance... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Really Good food (10 dishes menu), served Australian Wine. The service was amazing, and the chef very funny. He drunk 4 shots of his favorite drink with the guests. I REALLY REALLY recommend you to go there. But be aware: it is very very very hard to find. Even if the map you get when doing the reservation. But, by... More

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new york
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Black Sesame Kitchen always gets rated high by its customers, and for good reason. It's food is terrific and it is a terrific experience. It's located just off a well-traveled little sidestreet with plenty of cute shops. Once at BSK, it is like being in someone's home -- convival atmosphere, communal tables and an open kitchen. It's a foodies' delight.... More

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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I read every single review before going, and it is easy to get heady about getting a reservation for the #1 restaurant in Beijing. (We booked 2 months in advance.) My suggestions would be to go into this experience thinking that: 1) you will have a difficult time finding the place, 2) you should get there a bit early if... More

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Roma, Italia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

One of the most pleasant food experience I've ever had. This small private-house restaurant, well hidden in a narrow hutong street, is all about passion for food and hospitality. And you can really feel it. The food is great, and perfectly cooked in front of you. You are free to wander around an ask the chef about preparation. This would... More

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Aalborg, Denmark
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Great restaurant with really delicate understanding of chinese food. The ambience and atmosphere in the restaurant is one of a kind experience that you simply must have to try.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Black Sesame Kitchen is a great experience. I was a solo visitor but the communal tables and the great hosts mean it's a lively sociable evening. The 10 course meal was excellent - fresh, lively flavours and a variety of interesting dishes with plenty of explanation about ingredients and techniques. Go if you possibly can (it's very busy).

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

It was a great evening , being made extremely welcome and just made to be at home. It's hard to add anything more to what has been written Fresh food, great company , perfect service and a really great entrance... you have to believe it's there to find it!

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California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We were fortunate to eat two dinners at the Black Sesame Kitchen. Both evenings were fantastic. The enthusiasm and skill of the staff made us feel that we were guests for wonderful meals at their home. The 10 tasty courses each night provided a great introduction to Chinese cooking with the added opportunity to watch the chefs in action. We... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We decided to try and get a reservation after reading all the good reviews on trip advisor and were not disappointed. We booked about 4 weeks in advance and still didn't get our preferred date it is that popular. Directions provided for the booking were excellent and you really need to follow them! We had asked for a place on... More

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