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“Great Dinner for solo traveler”

Black Sesame Kitchen
Ranked #3 of 12,714 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
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.
New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Dinner for solo traveler”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Dinner was one of the highlights of my week in Beijing. It was nice having dinner with such a diverse group of travlers. The food was great...the conversation was great and the location !!! I would highly recommend it.

Visited August 2014
3 Thank Ken F
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Arlington, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“A Smorgasbord of Delight”
Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Two friends hosted our farewell dinner last night at Black Sesame Kitchen (BSK). After living in Beijing for three years, we heard of this restaurant but had never dined here. I wish that we discovered BSK sooner as last night's ambiance, quality of food and top-notch service, made for a most memorable evening.

First the venue: BSK is difficult to find. It is located in a little nook, and down a small side street. Once you find the entrance to this gem, you are led to the dining area which consists of both indoor and outdoor seating. There were 11 of us, and because the weather was cooler, we dined at an outdoor table that was adjacent to a persimmon tree-a tranquil oasis gently tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Beijing's pulse.

The service: The service was excellent, in fact towards the end of our meal the weather turned stormy, the wind started to blow, and a light rain began. Our hostess immediately offered us a like outdoor venue that was covered and located a level above where we were seated. The transition was smooth. Yet after 20 minutes at our new seating arrangement the rain picked up even more as did the wind, and we were quickly inside, and out of the elements.

The drinks: Our drinks were "free flow" and our hostess was quick to replenish our beverages when low. We had a variety to choose from including red and white wines, Tsing Tao (my favorite local beer), and lemon infused water.

The food: The food was the highlight of the evening, a smorgasbord of pure delight (see attached photo of the menu). A ten course meal, with each dish competing against the last, for both taste and quality. There were no losers in the food category. After three hours of exquisite food, cold beverages, and top- notch service at a memorable venue, we all departed happy and satiated.

Visited August 2014
4 Thank ciscospudd
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Fort Pierce
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best part of our trip to Beijing”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Such an amazing experience! We got a little lost getting there but nothing too bad. The food was all amazing and the others at our table were so much fun. I didn't want it to end. The shitake mushrooms and the sesame ice cream was the best thing i have ever eaten. Getting a reservation was very easy via their facebook page. Would definitely go back if I return to China.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Jenna S
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Lima, Peru
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“nice but expensive”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

maybe with their original layout, when the cooking was part of the experience, it would have been more worth it, but now it is only a private restaurant with a set menu, the food was good, but not the best we wave had in China, but BY FAR the most expensive.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank MariMichelena
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Kyoto, Japan
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Excellent food, but not the full experience”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

We read the previous review and were able to reserve a seat at the Orchid hotel for Black Sesame's 10 course dinner. We had heard about Black Sesame's concept of cooking the meal at your table and were really excited to see how some Chinese dishes were prepared. Due to their temporary displacement, however, they are not able to do this at the moment. Don't get me wrong, the food was excellent, but it was a little disappointing not to get the full experience as others have. We did meet some great people while having dinner, and I would definitely recommend others to give them a try as well, but I hope they can relocate soon so that they get the cooking classes and meal prep back up and running.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank JVerse
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