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Black Sesame Kitchen

#3 of 11,843 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
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

Heard a lot about BSK and this was my first visit. My friends had been before and the staff knew them so it was nice to have a personal touch. Mind you, it is so small and intimate, it can't help but be personal. Free flowing food and drink is never a bad thing!

3 Thank WaynePod
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

We were lucky enough to go twice while in China. The food is excellent and you can watch it being prepared. You enjoy a communal table of 12 and hear their adventures. Coco makes you feel so welcome! the meal in inclusive of wine and the fixed menu very extensive. I so wish I could go back tomorrow. At the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015 via mobile

Very few restaurants on this planet have impressed me as much as Black Sesame Kitchen. My only complaint is that all other eateries will now pale in comparison. Coco, the manager, was very passionate about making sure our evening was perfect. When our friends could not find the restaurant, she actually sent another employee out on the streets of Hatong... More 

4 Thank jrembrey2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

Had dinner here earlier and it was awesome. Good service friendly chef great enviroment!! Highly recommended.... Will definitely come back again.

2 Thank littlejglcl
Clearwater, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

Two weeks ago my husband and I had a truly memorable evening at Black Sesame Kitchen. The communal wine and dine was a blast. We were warmly greeted by our charming host, Coco, the manager of the restaurant, as if we were old friends. We had an international, congenial group at the table who were delightful and allowed us "older... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Have been to Black Sesame many times. Though I really loved the original venue...tucked away in a hutong and intimate space with kitchen and diners in the same space, their new digs are also wonderful. In the Orchid Hotel, one gets to see over the roofs of the hutongs and gain fabulous views of the surrounding neighbourhood. They have kept... More 

Thank JohnBeijing
Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2015

I wanted to have a nice meal on my brief trip to Beijing last week, and read the great reviews about The Black Sesame Kitchen on Trip Advisor! So, I emailed the restaurant to request a reservation. Coco promptly responded, and sent detailed directions to the location, along with confirmation for the reservation. The Taxi delivered us to the Hutong... More 

1 Thank Tl L
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015

We only discovered the Black Sesame because we were staying at the Orchid Gulou (see my separate review). On checking in to the hotel we were told that the restaurant used by the Orchid for breakfast and for its Thursday evening dumpling classes was used on other nights by Black Sesame. It was explained that this was a 10-course meal,... More 

1 Thank Sarum_Castle
Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

We had an excellent dinner. We picked up this place from Tripadvisor. Yes it is difficult to find, but when you are in the right hutong, call them. The whole menu was excellent, tasty vegetables, spicy meat, and extra good dessert. In addition to all this we had a young couple from Frisco joining us. We had a very enjoyable... More 

Thank Timo31
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

Black Sesame Kitchen was our favorite restaurant in China. The experience was wonderful on all fronts! The atmosphere of the place is excellent and it is so fun/informative to see the food being prepared. Coco our hostess was a delight! She was so friendly and attentive and it made the experience great. Our dinner companions were excellent to eat and... 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
USD 50 - USD 50
Chinese, Asian
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, Groups
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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