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Black Sesame Kitchen

28 Zhong Lao Hutong | The Courtyard Institute, Beijing 100000, China
+86 136 9147 4408
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  • Average4%
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“black sesame” (89 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
28 Zhong Lao Hutong | The Courtyard Institute, Beijing 100000, China
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The restaurant surprised us with a set up of a high table for 8 people and a set menu with 9 dishes. We were two and didn't know the other people, but very soon the atmosphere was great: all of them were travellers (from China/Taiwan/Canada/Singapore)...More

Thank RobertoLacal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I birthday’s are in the same month. A mutual friend of ours decided to have a joint birthday dinner for the two of us, and to have it at Black Sesame Kitchen. This was my first time experiencing this restaurant although I’d...More

Thank ChocolateInChina
Reviewed 1 week ago

Black Sesame Kitchen is run by Jen Lin-Liu, a very friendly Chinese lady who worked as a foreign journalist in China for several years before becoming a chef. It is a true Hutong dining experience. You'll be greeted warmly in a nice and authentic courtyard,...More

Thank DrSE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the cooking course. I am now full of our home made dumplings. And I know how to cook them. This is a really great experience and Coco was a great teacher. Highly recommended.

Thank Trevor O
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

It is still as much fun and casual and the food is great. Coco makes it happen. Do not miss this unique and delicious evening. Everything is succulent and that Is the basis for the experience but also it is the other diners. We were...More

Thank Yvonneka187
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

It was hot in Beijing and we were looking for things to do that were cooler and our 13 year son suggested a dumpling making class so we went to the concierge at our hotel to inquire. They recommended a cooking class at Black Sesame...More

2  Thank Barbara P
BlackSesameKitchen, Manager at Black Sesame Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear Barbara, Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad that you and your family had a good time and we hope you can join us for our communal dinner experience next time you are...More

Reviewed July 27, 2018

What an adventure…this was recommended to me by a friend who dined with BSK back in 2012, and I was pleased to see them still offering their meals. Amazing food, a chalk-board menu of 10 courses that changes frequently. The small room has a table...More

Thank John P
BlackSesameKitchen, Manager at Black Sesame Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear John, Thank you so much for coming to BSK and for sharing your experience. Thank you also for the feedback - we love for our diners to share their experience with others to prepare future diners for their meals with us - indeed, we...More

Reviewed July 27, 2018

We apreceated three cocks and the food they made. The menu was very good. Coco is amazing host and organized all in very tight timetable. We enjoyed also the company of other visitors and had nice memories. The place is really worth visiting.More

Thank AKorhonen
BlackSesameKitchen, Manager at Black Sesame Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear A Korhonen, Thank you for visiting BSK and for sharing your feedback with us. We love our host Coco as well - it is really our staff, along with our food and ambiance, that we believe keep our guests coming back to us for...More

Reviewed July 22, 2018

We enjoyed the dining experience at Black Sesame Kitchen very much! The food was delicious and the service attentive and courteous. They were able to accommodate vegetarians easily :) It's fun watching the chefs prepare your meal and to enjoy them course by course. The...More

Thank NTS_2011
BlackSesameKitchen, Manager at Black Sesame Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear NTS_2011, We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Black Sesame Kitchen and that you were able to enjoy our vegetarian options. We pride ourselves on being able to take dietary requests seriously and next time you visit, please don't...More

Reviewed July 16, 2018

Amazing experience with the staff and meal at BSK. Hands down our favorite meal during out stay in Beijing. My husband loves to cook and was able to observe, participate and learn from the staff. Food was amazing- matches quality of some michelin star restaurants...More

Thank Annie P
BlackSesameKitchen, Manager at Black Sesame Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear Annie P, Thank you for your high praise - to be considered on par with Michelin starred-restaurants is definitely something we strive for! Next time you and your husband are in town, please do call us in advance and we will do our best...More

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September 18, 2018|
Response from Liz J | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we had to pay 50 percent at time of booking and they are dead serious abt that. I tried to wait till we got to restaurant and found Out that they cancelled reservation. Our Chinese tour guide begged us back in. We paid... More
September 29, 2017|
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Response from canberratraveller98 | Reviewed this property |
You should receive a reply... if not soon resend your email . The kitchen table is your only choice and there is no smoke from the cooking.
Jenna D
June 26, 2017|
Response from Caroline F |
No you can not. Either the whole experience or nothing as it is a collective menu and everybody must be present at the start. 7 pm
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 Zhong Lao Hutong | The Courtyard Institute, Beijing 100000, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighbourhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: +86 136 9147 4408
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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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