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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%
  • Terrible1%
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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

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 3 days 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 3 days 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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Black Sesame Kitchen twice now. Coco and her team talk through the food they prepare and even hold dumpling-making classes. Everyone sits at one long table, and share the food family style. Wine, beer, soft drinks and tea are all part of...More

Thank Katina M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful evening, this experience met and exceeded all expectations. The reviews below are 100% accurate. The food was phenominal, dining at the shared table in the kitchen was great fun. Well worth the effort to find this place.

Thank Michelleamy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found on TripAdvisor and booked ahead for our family of 4 to visit on one of our nights in Beijing. Like several others, we had a hard time finding the place, and the cold temps and snow didn’t make it easier. But once inside all...More

Thank slater195
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful experience at BSK. Coco and her staff were attentive, friendly and engaged in conversation making everyone feel welcome. The communal concept was great, it was lovely meeting new people and sharing a meal over good wine and beer. The food was...More

Thank 896anon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant in a tradditional chinese home,is a wonderful experience. What they do with flavours is amazing! The Port is so tender I could have eaten it with a teaspoon and the flagship Black Sesame ice cream is out of this world. Must book for...More

Thank Kim G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent staff, attentive, kind, food was at a common table, can watch the cooking, meal was set course and Michelin one star equivalent, good luck with a reservation but do it!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Questions & Answers
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
US$50 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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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