A Michelin-starred chef opens his eponymous restaurant in Dallas. Called Akira Backit’s from jet-setter chef Akira Back, and will open at Colony’s Grandscape, 5765 Grandscape Blvd., on May 6, with the first service at 5:30 p.m.
The restaurant has been under construction for some time, with an opening delayed by the pandemic. But now it’s here! Here with a menu described as “innovative modern Japanese” which includes:
- Cold dishes, including their signature AB Tuna Pizza with umami aioli, micro shiso, white truffle oil; Jeju Domi with pickled masago, red sorrel and chojang; and Toro & Yellowtail Tartare with Ossetra caviar, wasabi soy and brioche bread.
- Hot dishes, including truffle bomb with sea urchins, sweet prawns, Gejand, smoked potato foam and caviar; and Tobanyaki Filet with Black Market Angus, Mixed Mushrooms and Umami Sauce
- Sushi rolls, including the Cow-Wow roll with short ribs and Asian coleslaw; Perfect Storm with Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Tuna, Aburi Salmon Belly, and Chipotle Mayo; and Pop Rockin’ with spicy crab, cucumber, asparagus and watermelon pop rocks
This whole cold dish/hot dish is very Japanese.
They also have Kagoshima A5 Wagyu, the highest quality Japanese Wagyu with tobanyaki, Japanese mushroom, umami sauce and truffle; and Garlic Tataki, Spicy Daikon and Ponzu.
There’s a chef’s “mystery box” called the Nazo 9, which is unveiled with a tableside presentation and features the chef’s selection of sashimi and sushi; a minimum of two guests is required to order.
Desserts include the AB Cigar with lucama mousse, chocolate brownie and cocoa nibs. The bar offers Japanese whiskeys and sake flights.
Back oversees a diverse portfolio of restaurants and lounges around the world that to understand AB Steak, AB Sushi, ABbq, ABar Lounge, Dasha, Dosa and Lumi. Many kitchens.
Before being a chef, Back was a professional snowboarder who appeared in extreme sports movies, but supplemented his income working in restaurants and then pursued a full-time career as a chef.
Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Back uses this heritage to create a menu that blends modern Japanese cuisine with authentic Korean flavors. Words like passion, adventure, fearless, inventive, are used to describe him in a release. He has appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, NBC’s The Today Show, and at high-profile culinary events.
Dallas joins a global empire of 20 Akira Back locations, including Paris, Las Vegas and Dubai.