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“Interesting night, but not really authentic”

Black Sesame Kitchen
Ranked #4 of 12,755 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 50 - US$ 50
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Houhai
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.
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Great setting, inside a courtyard - make sure you take instructions how to get there, because you'll never stumble across it
Nice to eat at a communal table
Also good value for an all in, wine included price
Great service
An interesting night, but not really a place you'll find too many locals (if any)

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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We heard about the Kitchen via Tripadvisor and decided to book a reservation during our recent trip to Beijing. We LOVED it. The location was in a fun part of the city and the food was outstanding. The service was excellent and the food covered all the bases. We were with our 15 and 13 year old kids and they had a great time...even with the 2+ hour meal. Each food course was unique and the owner's husband explained everything...including the chefs' backgrounds. Unique. Fun. Well priced for what you get. Free flowing wine. All in all a special experience in Beijing. And the directions they sent to us a day beforehand were perfect. Make time to visit this place!

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Thank David R
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BlackSesameKitchen, General Manager at Black Sesame Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2012

Thanks for the review! The BSK team are please to hear your family had a wonderful experience during Beijing and making the time to come and have dinner at Black Sesame Kitchen. Please come back for another visit soon. Next time, a cooking class for the kids so they can learn some of their favourite Chinese dishes and do the cooking at home?!

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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Took the main room with a group of friends and had a great evening with our personal chefs cooking in front of us. The service was attentive and excellent. The only downside was the food was all a bit greasy which was a little disappointing. Don't get me wrong it was not bad, there were some good dishes, but on the whole they served a lot of classics dishes Gong Pao Ji Ding, Yu Xiang Qi Zi which I have had better a lot cheaper at many 'local' restaurants.

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1  Thank chomolongma
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

A really great place to take a room with group of 10 friends and sample the best of Chinese food cooked in front of you. English spoken and cookery classes available.

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Reviewed 14 March 2012

We had a private Cooking session, where we had the perfect mix between information, watching the chef cook and hands on experience. This is the best and most authentic cooking experience I have had.

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1  Thank Bilenberg
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