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Black Sesame Kitchen
Ranked #4 of 12,778 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Neighborhood: Houhai
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.
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Food and presentation was fantastic. So many wonderful flavors. Very attentive help and a lovely room. Made reservations way ahead, enjoyed eating with travelers from everywhere, and watching the kitchen from our table. We just had a wonderful time. Finding the restaurant can be confusing, take extra time and follow the instructions the restaurant gives you-they are correct, even if it looks like you are certainly going down the wrong "small" alley. It is an authentic hutong alley, cluttered and old.

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

An adventure to locate but well worth it. We got a late cancellation and were thrilled as the restaurant is very often booked out. A great dining experience with great service and food. The atmosphere is very laid back and the staff are friendly and anxious to make the whole experience one to remember. The eggplant and pork belly dishes were the highlight for my wife and I. The candied sweet potatoe and black sesame ice cream were devine as a finale. The wine and beer flowed freely as did the conversation among the 12 people at the table. A great finish to a wonderful trip to Beijing.

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Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Booked a Wednesday Wine & Dine experience during our recent visit to Beijing. 10 great dishes served at a communal table. By the end of the evening, we had bonded with our tablemates from Finland, Brazil and Australia over our love of travel and great food! We couldn't believe that it was 10pm and time to leave! Michelle and Coco orchestrated the whole evening perfectly and were both professional and engaging. We were a little concerned about finding BSK given other posts....But no worries! Our tour driver called ahead of time and he was able to drop us off very close by... So close Coco met us and walked us in! Thank you Coco! It was a wonderful evening we won't forget!

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

You have to make the effort to come to this restaurant as it is not easy to get to. Don't be put off as the sharing table is a good experience and opportunity to meet fellow travellers. The food is plenty full and tasty but not fabulous. All round, I recommend this to the Beijing tourist as both a good food and social experience.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

BSk lives up to all the rave from the tripadvisor community! Your experience BSK infuses layers of delicious home style cooking combined with a memorable social experience in a welcoming intimate environment.

Food- Authentic home cooked 10 course meal incorporating varying Chinese regional styles, fresh ingredients and Chef John's personal touch. Every course was delicious!!! Ease off the rice so you can save room for all the dishes. Great dinner at a very reasonable price including beer and wine. Service was friendly, attentive and without fault.

Ambiance- Nestled inside a courtyard home which is located in a Hutong neighborhood. Depending upon the total number in your party, you may receive the opportunity to dine family style with complete strangers from other countries and cultures. I felt as though I was at a friend's dinner party

Reservations- Book as early as possible since seating is limited. Michelle, the GM is so professional with phenomenal follow through. . When initially booking, provide her with 3 dates and asked to be wait listed. She will get back to you. Due to cancellations, we were fortunate enough to secure space. In addition, she also sends you confirmation emails with detailed directions you can show to your driver or take the subway. We used Google maps and GPS and had no problems finding the front entrance to the courtyard.

Location -in the Heizhima Hutong which is very clean, lively and laden with trendy fashion boutiques and nice souvenir shops. This is where the famous Ghost Street noted for the red lanterns is. I really enjoyed this shopping district as it catered to both tourists and locals. So perhaps you might want to visit this district before you head out for dinner. It is relatively close to the Hou Hai Lakes area just incase you want to fit that all in one day or afternoon.

I returned to BSK 2 days later for their cooking class and lunch which was just as fantastic as the dinner!!! I could add more accolades about Black Sesame Kitchen but you really just have to experience it for yourself!!!

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