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Black Sesame Kitchen

#3 of 11,838 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Houhai
As featured in Best Food in Beijing
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No.28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100000, China
Name/address in local language
+86 136 9147 4408
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19:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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Baltimore
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015 via mobile

Very few restaurants on this planet have impressed me as much as Black Sesame Kitchen. My only complaint is that all other eateries will now pale in comparison. Coco, the manager, was very passionate about making sure our evening was perfect. When our friends could not find the restaurant, she actually sent another employee out on the streets of Hatong... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

Had dinner here earlier and it was awesome. Good service friendly chef great enviroment!! Highly recommended.... Will definitely come back again.

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2 Thank littlejglcl
Clearwater, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

Two weeks ago my husband and I had a truly memorable evening at Black Sesame Kitchen. The communal wine and dine was a blast. We were warmly greeted by our charming host, Coco, the manager of the restaurant, as if we were old friends. We had an international, congenial group at the table who were delightful and allowed us "older... More 

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Thank tpalaw
Beijing
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

Have been to Black Sesame many times. Though I really loved the original venue...tucked away in a hutong and intimate space with kitchen and diners in the same space, their new digs are also wonderful. In the Orchid Hotel, one gets to see over the roofs of the hutongs and gain fabulous views of the surrounding neighbourhood. They have kept... More 

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Thank JohnBeijing
Houston, Texas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2015

I wanted to have a nice meal on my brief trip to Beijing last week, and read the great reviews about The Black Sesame Kitchen on Trip Advisor! So, I emailed the restaurant to request a reservation. Coco promptly responded, and sent detailed directions to the location, along with confirmation for the reservation. The Taxi delivered us to the Hutong... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 520 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015

We only discovered the Black Sesame because we were staying at the Orchid Gulou (see my separate review). On checking in to the hotel we were told that the restaurant used by the Orchid for breakfast and for its Thursday evening dumpling classes was used on other nights by Black Sesame. It was explained that this was a 10-course meal,... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

We had an excellent dinner. We picked up this place from Tripadvisor. Yes it is difficult to find, but when you are in the right hutong, call them. The whole menu was excellent, tasty vegetables, spicy meat, and extra good dessert. In addition to all this we had a young couple from Frisco joining us. We had a very enjoyable... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

Black Sesame Kitchen was our favorite restaurant in China. The experience was wonderful on all fronts! The atmosphere of the place is excellent and it is so fun/informative to see the food being prepared. Coco our hostess was a delight! She was so friendly and attentive and it made the experience great. Our dinner companions were excellent to eat and... More 

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Saratoga, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

Though the al fresco dining is nice, BSK used to be all about the experience: the smoky kitchen, watching the cooks prepare the dishes, the blackboard with the night's menu...that's all gone. The food is good but not extraordinary, portions could be larger. We had 3 vegetarians and they didn't get much in lieu of the pork/beef/chicken dishes...at the old... More 

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Princeton, NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015

It will take some doing to find this gem (for starters, the address given on TripAdvisor is wrong: it's no. 65 Baochao Hutong, above The Orchid, a boutique hotel, 200 meters north of Gulou E. Street, down a narrow alley opposite Mr. Shi's Dumplings); but it's more than worth the effort. Not only is the 10-course tasting menu inventively and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
19:00 - 22:00
Monday
19:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
19:00 - 22:00
Thursday
19:00 - 22:00
Friday
19:00 - 22:00
Saturday
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No.28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100000, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighbourhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: +86 136 9147 4408
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.

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