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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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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“black sesame” (86 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 yesterday

We placed our reservations before planning our trip, not really knowing what to expect. Black Sesame Kitchen is a great introduction to the Chinese cuisine with recognisable dishes and kind and English speaking waiters. You'll be sitting on a long round table with foreigners, which...More

Thank Ruben D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was excited but slightly apprehensive about visiting this restaurant. It serves just a few people at a communal dining table. There are 10 courses and the kitchen is adjacent to the dining table. Drinks are included in the fixed price. It is up a...More

Thank Arqueros
Reviewed 2 days ago

After reading many reviews on Trip Advisor, I decided to make a reservation for Black Sesame Kitchen (reservation strongly recommended). The experience was phenomenal, from start to finish. Coco, the hostess, was very responsive via email while I was trying to figure out the best...More

Thank Melissa H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend's colleague was in Beijing a few months ago and recommended that we try Black Sesame Kitchen. The thought of going to dinner at a private kitchen with a small group of strangers can be intimidately. The second you walk in, that tiny bit...More

Thank Cindy P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a fantastic food experience! Coco was an excellent, warm and friendly host who keep our glasses topped up while ensuring that we knew all about the delicious menu, how the dishes were being cooked and the history and source of the ingredients. We watched...More

Thank 973noelab
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dining at Black Sesame was like having your own personal chef. Set menu was an adventure in what I would consider a new contemporary style of Beijing food. The host walks guests through each course of tasty fresh food at a communal table seating around...More

Thank 591alan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of the culinary highlights of our Beijing stay! We made reservations about 6 weeks before our trip for the 10 course communal dinner. Coco was fantastic. She was very quick to reply to my emails during the reservation process. They require a...More

Thank MVCanada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A special experience as seasoned. Jefa make a private dinner. Our menu had dishes from many regions of China and Coco took the time to explain them. The experience is relaxed, intimate, unique and very memorable. The cuisine is excellent, every morsel better than the...More

Thank HStephen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The 10-course meal was fantastic, as Coco provided explanations of each for item. Portions are generous, and the food was the best food that I had in China. The setting is also phenomenal. Definitely include one of the communal dinners n your trip to Beijing.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 17 April 2018

What can I say... Amazing food, great atmosphere and really top notch service. Probably the best meal we had while in Beijing! It more than exceeded our expectations. We would soooo do this again! Kudos to you and your team Coco!

Thank Manuel V
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30 September 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
26 June 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
Jenna D
26 June 2017|
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Response from Thomas L | Reviewed this property |
No sorry, it's a communial dinner and desert is part of the experience.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 50 - USD 50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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