I have been to China many times, and have even participated in one of the BSK's cooking classes, but enjoying their Wine and Dine dinner was a truly exceptional experience. The restaurant is small, so advance reservations are necessary. It is located in a hutong, a traditional Beijing neighborhood, which is very interesting to visit if you are not familiar with Beijing. We visited with a party of 10 people, both Chinese and American. We were seated in the kitchen and could watch the food being prepared directly in front of the table. They offer 10 pre-planned courses with wine or beer, ending with their one western course of Black Sesame Ice Cream. All of the food was delicious! I had been a bit worried about how our honored Chinese guests would enjoy the food, but the evening turned out to be a wonderful adventure for all of us. The open atmosphere and friendliness of the staff contributed to making what normally would have been a formal outing into one of the best occasions we have enjoyed for casual conversation and sharing about our cultures. One of the best attributes is that at least two of the staff members speak excellent English in addition to Chinese, so everyone was included equally in the descriptions of the food and the cooking techniques. Please note that reservations are a must, dinner is pre-planned, the tables are normally set up for sharing by small groups, and they only accepted cash when we visited. I highly recommend this restaurant for dining and cooking classses. It is amazing!
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