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Black Sesame Kitchen

#2 of 11,846 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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Austin, Texas
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187 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Locating the hutong: Coco’s email with directions is very clear. Download a local mapping app to get to the “Red Wall Hotel” and that puts you at the end of the alley or hutong. Go down the alley from the Red Wall Hotel about 0.25 miles, and Coco’s gate is on the left side of the alley and has lights... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fabulous meal here. We found the restaurant on Trip Advisor and we're not let down. Coco was a great hostess, each dish perfectly cooked and served. You need to book, Coco speaks excellent English. However, it is very tricky to find, down a long back Street with no sign in English on the door. We had the... More 

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Miami
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been at Black Sesame Kitchen a few times now with friends, we had enough people together to book the large table with the show kitchen and life cooking Great to see the food prepared life, very tasty Chinese, great atmosphere and Coco is a fantastic host. Book in advance for larger groups, and check when they have reservations for smaller... More 

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Perth, Australia
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41 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you are planning to go here it is a must do. You will need to book well in advance as it is so popular. Situated at No.28 Zhonglao Hutong in a very old part of the city. We discovered part of the restaurant was attached to the original city wall and several hundred years old.. We arrive a little... More 

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Thank Pixelcount
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Even i had been living in Beijing for 3 months and i had tried over 40 restaurant in this city and many others in China, i would rate this Black Sesame Kitchen is the best one. The food was excellent and the service was great. Fully recommend this place.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We did the cooking class at lunch and had a blast! Our host Cocoa was so friendly and super sweet. We got to learn about traditional Chinese cooking and even get tips on how to prepare it ourselves. Lunch was delicious and we loved the overall experience!

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Thank Mariel P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

If you want to have a lot of chinese food and watch how the chefs are making it, this is the place to go. The host is super nice and tell you stories about traditional China. The place is pretty hard to find and there isn't any signs outside so take time to find the place

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Londra
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

This place was one of the highlights of our trip to China and really made me appreciate Chinese cuisine and ingredients a lot more. For 300 yuan you get to try 10 different dishes, cooked right in front of you so you can ask questions and pick up some ideas for cooking at home. The host, Coco, speaks great English... More 

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Thank AndraBel
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We ate dinner here on our last night in Beijing! The 10 courses were all cooked right in front of us and they were by far the best food we had in Beijing. Each course was better than the next. We enjoyed talking with other tourists from all parts of the world since we shared one table. Definitely a very... More 

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Thank Karly W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Black sesame is an amazing place with a great atmosphere, fantastic food and free flowing drinks. The Pork and ice cream are my favorites, but all the dishes are amazing. A great place to take family, friends and colleagues for a special experience

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?