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Black Sesame Kitchen

#3 of 11,830 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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stoughton,ma
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148 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i was originally looking at black sesame for a cooking class, but when i researched the communal dinner further, i was sure this was for us. located on a hutong, or side alley, finding this restaurant was a fun part of the experience. we arrived a little early and had time to watch the chefs at work in the kitchen,... More 

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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our good friend recommended that we try Black Sesame Kitchen during our recent visit to Beijing. It was a very interesting experience even though I have lived in Beijing before. The slow walk into the Hutong with the crisp cool climate slightly dark as we try to anticipate the evening.... greeted by 2 red Chinese lamps at the small entrance... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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103 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in an alleyway near the forbidden city this gem of a restaurant provides for a truly unique dining experience! Communal dining, a 10 course meal includes wine and beer. Coco the host is charming and delightful and within minutes you feel like you are dining with family!!! Fixed price of RMB 300 which is about US$45

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San Rafael, California, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After 2 weeks traveling around China we ended our fabulous stay at The Black Sesame Kitchen. What a send off! As other reviewers have noted, it is hard to find but we all did because Coco sends an email with instructions in Chinese. So after we got out of the taxi we showed someone in the street the email and... More 

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Thank Nancy S
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a table for 7 via email, the manager coco was articulate and clear in her communication in English. We had a fantastic night, served a 10 course meal. Each course made in front of you by the chefs. Its best to go as a group I feel as there is one huge table, so going as a couple... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great meal in Beijing in October. 10 course meal. Best meal I had in 3 weeks in China, South Korea and Japan. Coco is unbelievable. The restaurant only sits about 10 people. Very friendly atmosphere. Food incredible. Family style.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Visited 3 years ago, since then the restaurant has changed location. Still a terrific evening, great food....a set menu with 7 courses. I had separate vegetarian courses when necessary. Best course is dessert as black sesame home made ice cream is superb.

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Thank LCtravelbug
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This dining experience wasn't what I expected, as it was so much more and better. The food was excellent and cooked right in front of the communal table. Quality of the dishes was what it should be given such a high ranking. What was such a delightful addition to the experience was the feel that you are eating at a... More 

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Thank Jack F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This was actually the best meal(s) we had in China!! The food was incredible (dumplings and sesame ice cream were a highlight!), but what really made the whole evening was Coco and the team in the kitchen. You would definitely be missing out if you don't spend a good part of your evening chatting away with Coco (and other diners... More 

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Thank Jade P
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had lunch at the Black Sesame Kitchen. Yue, the manager was outstanding in attending to the customers. They had only 12 seats open for lunch and we (my wife and I) were there was another group of six Koreans. Very cosy place with good range of dishes with free flowing wine. Enjoyed the kindness of Yue. I was surprised... 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, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?