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Black Sesame Kitchen

#3 of 11,830 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
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
19:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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Princeton, NJ
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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 

2 Thank Timaeus
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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162 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

small restaurant with a fixed, 10 course menu. You share the large table with other guests which is amusing. All courses are delicious, fresh, real Chinese but "frindly" to non-Chinese visitors! Table is close to the kicthen and gives the opportunity to study the chef. Coco is the perfect hostess. Reservation recommendended. Not easy to find, but with the directions... More 

2 Thank dick f
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015 via mobile

It deserves all it plaudits. All the people at our communal meal had been recommended it by friends and relatives, in our case by our daughter. If you visit Beijing and miss this then you are really missing out

2 Thank Cansfield R
St. John's, Canada
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2015

A small home based venue. No choice on the menu but everything was fabulous, beautifully prepared and presented. The guests all sat at the same table so it was easy to meet and chat to people. Wine was included. A little tricker to find but our hostess came out to the hutong to meet us and guide us in. Really... More 

1 Thank Judith M
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2015

We were in BSK's original restaurant (they now have 3). They have 2 large shared tables of which one is right next to the cooking area. They have installed a mirror at an angle so you can see into the cooking pans from your seat. The food was very tasty and interesting, and not too challenging for westerners. We especially... More 

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Hong Kong, China
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2015

The experience was fun. Food is ok and the place and ambiance is good for visiting with friends. You can of course go just by yourself and try out another communal experience which is quite unique in Beijing.

Thank BoboChen1985
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2015

This is by far one of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had anywhere in the world. I consider myself first of all well traveled and second of all a foodie and this tops all. The Eggplant was the best vegetable dish I've ever had and the pork and pumpkin dumplings were spectacular. Also great for the price. $60 per... More 

1 Thank Jacob J
outer mongolia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2015

We were a party of nine and this was, for me, a chance to show my immediate family the highlights of China. I had a career that caused me to take many trips to China beginning in 1976/Beijing. We had children and their spouses and grandchildren on board. Our daughter in law is a Cordon Bleu trained New York City... More 

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Washington D.C.
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197 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015

Like the other reviews, I have only good things to say about Black Sesame Kitchen, and encourage visitors to definitely eat there. Yes, it's hard to find and the Google Map location does not match the actual location; but once you are close, the staff will come out and find you. Attending the Black Sesame Kitchen is a down-to-earth, simple... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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104 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

I mean WOW. One of the best dinner I ever had in a restaurant, period. Coco our waitress was waiting for us at a crossroad and led us to the restaurant. It is indeed a communal place with only one table that was set for us. The ten course was truly amazing. Let me tell you a little bit about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Chinese, Asian
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
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
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?